Accreditation is a review process in which colleges, universities and other educational institutions are evaluated periodically in order to maintain quality assurance and standards of excellence. Review boards in the US – regional, independent, peer-evaluated organizations – set the standard for accreditation. These review boards are composed of administrators and faculty from other accredited colleges and universities. Areas of evaluation include governance, quality of teaching and curriculum, general services, student services, and facilities. 

Our graduate programs assessed by accreditation associations are more likely to be recognized by employers and recruiters. The accreditation process also offers students a better chance of having their credits accepted at other reputable institutions, should they decide to pursue further studies.

American Accreditation

The American University of Paris has been continuously accredited since 1973 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of only a handful of prestigious regional accreditation associations in the United States. The Middle States Commission accredits many other well-known universities in the United States, such as Cornell University, Columbia University and New York University. 

AUP is also accredited by the Delaware Department of Education from whom it has been awarded full Degree Granting Authority. The University is registered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3), a not-for-profit organization.

French and International Recognition

The American University of Paris is declared to the Rectorat de Paris as an établissement privé d'enseignement supérieur libre, and has maintained this right to exercise since 1964. AUP’s Graduate degrees are the equivalent, in France, to a Bac+4 or Bac+5.  

France does not practice foreign diploma recognition but diploma comparison, delivering “attestation de comparabilité” in accordance with the Lisbon convention on international diploma equivalency.* AUP’s Master of Arts are not French issued diplomas; the certificate of comparability is delivered on a case by case basis by applying to the French accrediting body ENIC-NARIC. 

AUP degrees are also separately recognized by the Ministries of Higher Education in Norway and Turkey.





The RNCP (Répertoire National des Certifications Professionelles) is awarded to graduates of the MA in Global Communications and the MSc in Strategic Brand Management.

The RNCP is a European-level qualification recognized by the French state and is recorded in the French national register of professional qualifications. The RNCP is the central reference framework for all diplomas, qualifications and titles recognized by the French state. This professional certification allows its holder to demonstrate competency of the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise an activity corresponding to a professional field. It guarantees that the holder is qualified to begin work in that field immediately.