Specialized Accreditation

The typical path that institutions follow is to first attain institutional accreditation, which Zayed University has achieved internationally through the Middle States Commision on Higher Education and locally through the UAE's Commision for Academic Accreditation. The next step is then to seek specialized accreditation within each of the disciplines. At Zayed University, five colleges have obtained specialized international accreditation. Zayed University is an acceditation leader in the UAE and in the Gulf.

College of Technological Innovation


Two programs within the College of Technological Innovation obtained international accreditation through the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET in the summer of 2012. The college successfully completed the self- study and hosted an ABET evaluation team during 2011-12. ABET has accredited the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management and the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Specialization in Security and Network Technologies programs. In 2014, ABET granted continued accreditation status for these two programs until 2018. ABET has been an international leader in higher education quality assurance for more than 75 years and has accredited programs at more than 600 institutions worldwide.

(ABET - Accreditation Criteria) (ABET - Assessment Resources)

College of Business


The College of Business received accreditation from the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International) in June 2013. This accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees.  Less that 5% of all business schools worldwide have earned this accreditation.

(AACSB Accreditation Standards)

College of Education

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Through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation Continuous Improvement Commission (CAEP), the College of Education has received accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Zayed University College of Education is the first university, outside of the USA, to be internationally accredited.The English Language Learning program is internationally recognized by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Organization, the Early Childhood Education program is internationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Math Education program is internationally recognized through the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 

(NCATE Standards)

College of Communication and Media Sciences


In May of 2015, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), the premier international accrediting body in communication and media sciences, accredited Zayed University’s College of Communication and Media Sciences (CCMS). In Fall 2014, CCMS completed an in-depth self-study and hosted a site team visit from ACEJMC. The site team found CCMS in compliance with all nine ACEJMC Accrediting Standards, which included evaluation of the College’s mission, governance and administration; curriculum and instruction; diversity and inclusiveness; full-time and part-time faculty; scholarship: research, creative and professional activity; student services; resources, facilities and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes. The College is also accredited by the International Advertising Association.

(ACEJMC Standards)

College of Arts and Creative Enterprises

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Via the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the leading accrediting body for Art and Design schools at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises achieved substantial equivalency accreditation in May 2015. The Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Arts, along with the Master of Arts  in Museum Studies have all been accredited. As part of this accreditation, curriculum modifications were implemented, facilities were upgraded that included a ventilation system, specialised equipment acquired, and a major program of learner assessment was launched.

(NASAD Standards)