Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    American University of Beirut
    Lebanon
  • Address:
    Bliss Street PO Box 11-236, Riad El Solh Beirut 1107 2020
    Lebanon
  • Phone:
    (961) 137-4374
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mrs. Boushra Rahal Alameh
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2001
  • Accreditation Granted: 2004
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope:
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
American University of Beirut Mediterraneo
Agios Theodoros Parish
Pafos, Paphos District 8010
Branch Campus
AREC
Bekaa
Lebanon
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • August 25, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the branch campus at Agios Theodore's Parish, Paros, Cyprus within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the branch campus. To direct a substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months after the commencement of instruction at the branch campus. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • November 19, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request that, beginning in 2021 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2024, the institution provide further evidence of adequate fiscal and human resources, including physical and technical infrastructure, to support operations (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • June 15, 2020
    To note that the supplemental information report, due October 1, 2020, is now due August 1, 2020 (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11).
  • May 14, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due October 1, 2020 addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement and Requirement of Affiliation 11. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • October 29, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second alternative delivery method-distance education program (Online Graduate Diploma in Building Energy Systems) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including New York State Education Department. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
  • March 4, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual arrangement with Earth University, P.O. Box 4442-1000, San José, Costa Rica, to serve as a third-party provider to deliver only 38% of the Global Master's Program in Health and Sustainable Development within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the New York State Education Department and the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education. To note the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first alternative delivery method program (online Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Green Technologies) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further progress on the implementation of (1) a financial planning and budgeting process aligned with the institution's mission, goals, and plan that provides for an annual budget and multi-year budget projections, both institution-wide and among departments (Standard 3) and (2) a well-defined system of collegial governance including written policies outlining governance responsibilities of administration and faculty and readily available to the campus community (Standard 4). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2014.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).