California Baptist University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the same organization that accredits University of California as well as private universities including USC and Pepperdine. CBU confers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

In addition, CBU's various schools and colleges hold accreditations from and memberships with organizations related to their specific disciplines.

For information about the procedure for obtaining or reviewing documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing for specific programs, you may contact the College or School listed in the CBU Directory.

For information about the procedure for obtaining or reviewing documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing for the University, and accreditation in general, you may address inquiries to the Accreditation Liaison Officer at

Academic Accreditations & Memberships 

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
CBU's School of Behavioral Science is accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business
CBU's Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music
CBU's Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education
Teacher education programs offered by CBU's Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Approval has been given for both multiple-subject and single-subject credential programs.

College of Health Science
The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program offered by CBU's Department of Kinesiology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

College of Nursing
CBU's nursing program offered by CBU's College of Nursing is approved by theBoard of Registered Nurses (BRN)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the masters degree program in nursing at California Baptist University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at California Baptist University are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

College of Engineering
CBU's bachelor degree programs in chemical engineering (BSChE), civil engineering (BSCE), electrical and computer engineering (BSECE) and mechanical engineering (BSME) have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

CBU's bachelor degree program in Construction Management has been accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

California Baptist University, Architecture Program was granted candidacy for the following professional degree program in architecture:

  • M.Arch. (168 credits minimum) – 2014.
  • Next visit for continuation of candidacy: Spring 2016.
  • Projected year of initial accreditation: 2018.

University Memberships

The University is a member of the American Association of Higher Education, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

California Baptist University is incorporated under the laws of the State of California as a university of arts and sciences authorized to grant the degrees of Bachelor of Applied Theology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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