California Baptist University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  The most current Action Report and further information regarding our accreditation cycle can be found here.  CBU confers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

In addition, CBU's various schools and colleges hold accreditations and memberships from 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
Counseling Psychology Program
The curriculum is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as meeting the state of California’s MFT and PCC licensure requirements.

Sport and Performance Psychology Program
The SPP program is now pre-approved as having met the educational requirements for Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC) through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology (AASP).

MSW Program
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California Baptist University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

PsyD Program
The CBU PsyD program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). However, as of April 2018, the APA has approved our application for “intent to apply” status, which “serves as public notice of the program’s intent to seek accreditation in the near future.” In addition, our curriculum was designed to meet the APA’s accreditation standards via the “Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology” (SoA). Moreover, as of March 2020, we have formally submitted our “accredited, on contingency” application and are waiting for the APA to conduct a full review of the CBU PsyD program. There is no guarantee, though, that our program will be accredited by the APA.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 
Phone: (202) 336-5979

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
Credential 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 obtained for preliminary teaching credentials (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Mild/Moderate, and Moderate/Severe), pupil personnel services credentials (School Psychology and School Counseling), and the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

College of Health Science
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences Program
Radiologic Sciences is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (18 months)

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

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the California Baptist University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program
California Baptist University, Master of Public Health program is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. It also holds a silver membership with the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs (AAPHP).

Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program
The master’s program in speech-language pathology at California Baptist University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

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

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master's 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 accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering
CBU's bachelor degree programs in biomedical engineering (BSBME), chemical engineering (BSChE), civil engineering (BSCE), electrical and computer engineering (BSECE), computer science (BCS) 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
The CAVAD Master of Architecture program currently maintains Accreditation with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

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.

Visit the Academics section to find out more about CBU's academic programs.

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