University Accreditation

Pepperdine University is committed to providing students with an outstanding education. As such, Pepperdine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges—Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC),  one of six official academic bodies in the United States. WSCUC is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

The WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. Accreditation enables the University to show how it develops and utilizes indicators of institutional performance and educational effectiveness. Participation in accreditation also provides Pepperdine the opportunity to demonstrate its culture of evidence, where indicators of performance are regularly developed and data are collected to inform institutional planning, decision making, and engagement in student learning.



The Office of Institutional Effectiveness manages the WSCUC processes for the University under the leadership of Assistant Provost, Lisa Bortman, as the WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer.

School Accreditations and Affiliations

Seaver College

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) | Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
    • Our Post-Baccalaureate Nutritional Science Certificate Program-Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (NSCP-ISPP) is accredited by ACEND.
    • Our bachelor of science in Nutritional Science is an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) – approved program of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the nation's professional organization for Nutrition experts.
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB): degrees offered in business administration are accredited by AACSB.
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC): Our teacher education credential programs are accredited by CCTC.
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM): The bachelor of arts in music and the bachelor of arts in music education programs are accredited by NASM.
  • Honor Societies:
    • Lambda Pi Eta - Communication
    • Beta Gamma Sigma - Business
    • Pi Kappa Lambda - Music
    • Sigma Tau Delta - Eta Psi chapter, English language
    • Phi Alpha Theta - History
    • Kappa Delta Pi - Teacher Education
    • Phi Sigma Tau - Philosophy
    • Sigma Delta Pi - Spanish
    • Pi Delta Phi - French
    • Sigma Iota Rho - International Studies
    • Gamma Kappa Alpha - Italian Society
    • Delta Phi Alpha - German
    • Kappa Omicron Nu - Human Sciences
    • Psychology - Psi Chi

School of Law

  • American Bar Association (ABA): The School of Law is on the list of schools approved by the ABA.
  • Association of American Law Schools: member
  • Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California: fully accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners.
  • Honor Societies:
    • Order of the Barristers - excellence in moot court, mock trial, and advocacy
    • Order of the Coif - high scholastic achievement in law

Graziadio School of Business and Management

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB): The Graziadio School is accredited by AACSB.
  • Honor Society:
    • Beta Gamma Sigma - academic achievement in the study of business

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

  • American Psychological Association (APA): The doctoral program in clinical psychology is accredited by the APA.
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC): The CCTC has approved the multiple subject, single subject, preliminary service, and clear-standards based service credential programs at GSEP.
  • Honor Societies:
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - advancement of computing as a science and profession
    • Psi Chi - psychology
    • Phi Delta Kappa - education

School of Public Policy

  • Affiliations:
    • Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management - institutional member
    • National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration - institutional member
    • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program - institutional member
    • Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs - affiliate member
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