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Pepperdine University is committed to providing students with an outstanding education. As such, Pepperdine is accredited by WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six official academic bodies in the United States that is responsible for the accreditation of Pepperdine University. WASC's Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities is in charge of evaluating Pepperdine University. Our institution accepts specific responsibilities from WASC to provide data and information for better understanding university goals, infrastructure, processes, and its own progress.

Pepperdine is in the third stage of the accreditation process in preparation for its 10-year accreditation examination from WASC, which will conclude this fall when the WASC team will visit to learn about the quality of the education at Pepperdine University.

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.

Read what Lisa Bortman, assistant provost for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, has outlined as the purpose of accreditation of colleges and universities in the United States in Pepperdine Magazine.

School Accreditations and affiliations

American Dietetic Association (ADA): The bachelor of science in nutritional science is an approved Didactic Program in Dietetics by the ADA.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB): degrees offered in business administration are accredited by AACSB.

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM): The bachelor of arts in music and the bachelor of arts in music education programs are acccredited by NASM.

Honor Societies:
Kappa Delta Pi - education
Lambda Pi Eta - communication
Phi Alpha Theta - history
Phi Sigma Tau - philosophy
Sigma Tau Delta - Eta Psi chapter, English language


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


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


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


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