Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024


Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Western Kentucky University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Western Kentucky 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 SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 

AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (BS, MA, MS, MAcc, MBA) BS in Accounting, Master of Accountancy & Data Analysis, Master of Business Administration, BS in Business Data Analytics, Bs in Business Economics, AB in Economics, MA in Applied Economics, BS in Mathematical Economics, MS in Cybersecurity Data Analytics, BS in Finance, BS in Management, BS in Marketing, all certificates offered by Gordon Ford College of Business

ABET - Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (BS) BS in Civil Engineering, BS in Computer Science, Systems/Scientific Application, BS in Electrical Engineering, BS in Mechanical Engineering

ACEJMC - Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AB) Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting, Bachelor of Arts in Visual Journalism and Photography, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ASN) Associate of Science in Nursing

ACEND - Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Dietetics with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Graduate Dietetic Practice Certificate

ATMAE - The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (BS, MS) BS in Architectural Science, BS in Construction Management, BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, MS in Engineering Management

CAA - Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MS) Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

CACREP- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (MAE) Master of Arts in Education in Counseling, concentrations in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CAEP - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation , and Kentucky’s Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) (BS, MAT, MAE, EDS) Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Teacher Education, Specialist in Education for School Psychology

CAHIM - Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (BS) Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

CAPTE - Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (DPT) Doctor of Physical Therapy

CCNE - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (BSN, MSN, DNP, FNP Certificate, PMHNP Certificate) Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post-MSN Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-MSN Certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

CEPH - Council on Education for Public Health (BS, MPH) Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Master of Public Health

COAPRT - Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (BS) Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park, and Nonprofit Administration

CODA-ADA - Commission on Dental Accreditation of American Dental Association (AS) Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

CSWE - Council on Social Work Education (BSW, MSW) Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work

EHAC - The National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (BS, MS) Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science, Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science

NAB - National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (BS, Certificate) Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with a Long-term Administration Certificate

NASAD - National Association of Schools of Art and Design Commission on Accreditation (AB, BS, BFA) Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies, Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising

NASD - National Association of Schools of Dance Commission on Accreditation (AB) Bachelor of Arts in Dance

NASM - National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation (AB, BM, MM) Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music

NASP - National Association of School Psychologists (EdS) Specialist in Education for School Psychology

NASPAA - Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (MPA) Master of Public Administration

NAST - National Association of Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation (AB, BFA)  Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts

NAYEC - National Association for the Education of Young Children (BS) Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services with concentration in Child and Family Services Child Development pathway)

Approved by Professional Organizations

ACS - American Chemical Society (BS, MS) Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Master of Science in Chemistry

ABA - American Bar Association (BS) Bachelor of Science in Professional Legal Studies