George Mason University was initially accredited on January 1, 1972. Mason’s last reaffirmation of accreditation occurred in 2022, and the institution was reaffirmed through 2032.


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Accreditation Statement

George Mason University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Questions about the accreditation of George Mason University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on the SACSCOC website.

Specialized Accreditation

Some programs at George Mason University have been accredited by a specialized programmatic accreditor. A full list of programs with specialized accreditation is available.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is an extensive review process examining the quality and integrity of a university’s programs, faculty, finances, resources, and governance. An accredited institution is one that has been certified by the accrediting agency as having met the agency’s standards.

Every ten years, the university engages in the process of reaffirmation of accreditation. This activity takes three years, and involves faculty, staff, and students from across the institution. The process consists of two major components: the compliance certification/self-study—a comprehensive review of the university’s administration, faculty, and programs—and a Quality Enhancement Plan that seeks to develop and enhance student learning and/or student outcomes.


Resources to support Mason in achieving and maintaining SACSCOC accreditation: