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All of our University programs have been formally accredited by regional and global independent bodies, to allow us to offer recognized, undergraduate and graduate degrees.

UAE Ministry of Education

The American University in Dubai is officially licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education. The MOE has accredited the university’s undergraduate programs in Architecture, Business Administration, Communication and Information Studies, Engineering, International Studies, Psychology, Interior Design and Visual Communication and graduate programs in Business Administration, Construction Management, Education, Intellectual Property and Innovation Management, International Affairs, Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media, and Urban Design and Digital Environments, in addition to Certificate programs in Middle Eastern Studies (undergraduate) and Professional Teaching (graduate).

Al Karama Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: 800 51115

Knowledge and Human Development Authority

AUD is permitted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Block 8, Academic City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971-4-364-0000

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

AUD is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Baccalaureate and Master’s degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of AUD may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 USA, by calling +1 (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990.

2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305, USA
Telephone: +1-770-414-3300

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, Florida 33602, USA
Telephone: +1-813-769-6500

International Advertising Association

The university’s undergraduate majors in Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications and Advertising have been accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) in New York.

IAA World Service Center: 521 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1807, New York, NY 10175, USA
Telephone: +1-212-557-1133


The Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering programs of AUD’s School of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Telephone: +1-410-347-7700

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

The Bachelor of Communication and Information Studies (B.C.I.S.) program, with majors in Digital Production and Storytelling and Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

201 Bishop Hall, P.O. Box 1848 University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Telephone: +1-662-915-5550

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503‐4014, USA

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has granted AUD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), with majors in Advertising, Digital Media, Graphic Design and Studio Art; and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design the designation of Substantial Equivalency with accredited programs in the United States.

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, USA
Telephone: +1-703-437-0700

National Architectural Accrediting Board

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

American University in Dubai, School of Architecture Art and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: B. Arch. (166 undergraduate credits) Last visit for continuation of accreditation: 2021

The NAAB 2014 Conditions for Accreditation


The NAAB 2015 Procedures for Accreditation


Reports and Documents
The Final Decision Letter from the NAAB (2018)
The Most Recent APR (2018)
The Final Edition of the Most Recent VTR (2018)

Any additional document related to NAAB is available upon request, please contact:
Jocelyn Soriano
Administrative Assistant – Architecture, CRID
Phone : +971-4-399-9000 ext. 245
Email :