Accreditation & Substantial Equivalency


Zayed University is licensed and accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), which is the quality assurance and accreditation body of the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

As a new and emerging nation, the UAE is also keen for the external validation that international accreditation provides. It shows that institutions and programs meet international standards of which the nation can be proud. Zayed University is at the vanguard of public institutions in the UAE through its commitment to both institutional and specialized accreditations. 

Institutional Accreditation

CAA (Commission for Academic Accreditation) (

MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education) (

Zayed University is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Zayed University’s accreditation status is Non-Compliance Show Cause. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on 20 November 2023 was to issue show cause. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Program Accreditation


  • All undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the CAA.


1. College of Technological Innovation:


  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Concentration in Security and Network Technologies)

2. Program Substantial Equivalency

College of Arts and Creative Enterprises:

NASAD (National Association of School of Art and Design) (

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation Design

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts

  • Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design

3. College of Communication and Media Sciences:

ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications) (

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication and Media Sciences

IAA (International Advertising Association) (

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication and Media Sciences (Integrated Strategic Communications)

4. College of Humanities and Social Sciences:

CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) (

  • BS. Education

5. College of Natural and Health Sciences:

AfN (Association for Nutrition) (

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Nutrition

IES CEDHE (The Institution of Environment Sciences) (Accreditation |

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability

For any questions, comments and support related to all university accreditation, please email: