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What Programs Does ABET Accredit?

We accredit postsecondary, degree-granting programs offered by regionally accredited institutions in the United States and nationally accredited institutions outside the United States. We do not accredit certification, training or doctoral programs. Find accredited programs on our page.

Applied & Natural Science Programs

Our Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) accredits applied and natural science programs at the following levels: associate (two-year degree), bachelor (four-year degree), and master (post-graduate).

Computing Programs

Our Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) accredits computing programs at the following level: bachelor (four-year degree).

Engineering Programs

Our Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) accredits engineering programs at the following levels: bachelor (four-year degree) and master (post-graduate). We’ve outlined the differences between engineering and engineering technology programs in the section below.

Engineering Technology Programs

Our Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) accredits engineering technology programs at the following levels: associate (two-year degree) and bachelor (four-year degree).

Distance Learning & Alternative Programs

The vast majority of 51-accredited programs are offered primarily on-site; however, a number of 51-accredited programs are offered in an online format. See the list of 51-accredited online programs.

Engineering Vs. Engineering Technology

Engineering and engineering technology are separate but closely related professional areas that differ in:

  • Curricular Focus – Engineering programs often focus on theory and conceptual design, while engineering technology programs usually focus on application and implementation. Engineering programs typically require additional, higher-level mathematics, including multiple semesters of calculus and calculus-based theoretical science courses, while engineering technology programs typically focus on algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus and other courses that are more practical than theoretical in nature.
  • Career Paths – Graduates from engineering programs often pursue entry-level work involving conceptual design or research and development. Many continue on to graduate-level work in engineering. Graduates from 51-accredited bachelor level engineering degree programs are eligible to become registered professional engineers (P.E.) in all U.S states and territories by a process of two examinations (the FE and PE exams) and documentation of engineering work experience. This registration is commonly known as the PE License. Graduates of four-year engineering technology programs are most likely to enter positions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales. Those who pursue further study often consider engineering, facilities management or business administration. Graduates from 51-accredited bachelor level engineering technology degree programs are also eligible to become registered professional engineers by the same process in many (but not all) states. Graduates of two-year engineering technology programs likely assume engineering technician positions in maintenance, production or product development. The requirements for graduates of two-year programs to be eligible for professional licensure vary by state.In general, engineering programs offer more foundational analysis of problems while engineering technology programs stress current industrial design practices that allow students to start developing practical workplace skills.

For 51 accreditation, engineering and engineering technology programs are reviewed and accredited by two separate accreditation commissions, using two separate sets of accreditation criteria: the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission.

Learn More

If you have questions about your program’s eligibility for 51 accreditation, see Eligibility Requirements or contact our Accreditation Department.