The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities.

View ACEJMC accredited programs, their accreditation status, their reported student performance information (retention and graduation data), and accreditation site team reports beginning with the 2013-14 academic year and thereafter. There are 117 schools accredited by ACEJMC; 114 are fully accredited and three are provisional.

Patricia Thompson is the executive director of the Accrediting Council on Education
in Journalism and Mass Communications. Contact Thompson at (662) 915-5504 or

Revised standards go into effect with site visits Fall 2022

In November 2020, the Accrediting Council gave final approval to major standards revisions. The new standards go into effect for units with site team reviews scheduled for Fall 2022. If you have questions about the new standards or the process, please contact Pat Thompson, executive director. Background information about the standards review can be found in our newsletters, available on this website under the Publications link.

Review the revised standards at this link.

2021-22 Site Visit Schedule

ACEJMC invites comments by third parties, limited to written comment speaking directly to a program’s compliance with ACEJMC’s accreditation standards. Comments should be submitted to Patricia Thompson, ACEJMC’s executive director,

Oct. 10-13:
(Self-study reports due: Aug. 27, 2021)
University of North Carolina
University of Connecticut
Kent State University

Oct. 17-20:
(Self-study reports due: Sept. 3, 2021)
University of North Alabama
Anahuac University, Mexico City

Oct. 24-27:
(Self-study reports due: Sept. 10, 2021)
Hofstra University
Indiana University
University of South Dakota

Oct. 31-Nov. 3:
(Self-study reports due: Sept. 17, 2021)
Zayed University
Marshall University
Baylor University

Oct. 31-Nov. 4:
University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo (Revisit)

Nov. 7-10
(Self-study reports due: Sept. 24, 2021)
University of Oklahoma
Stony Brook University

Nov. 14-17:
(Self-study reports due: Sept. 28, 2021)
Winthrop University
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Nov. 28-Dec. 1:
(Self-study reports due: Oct. 1)
Cal State-Dominguez Hills (initial accreditation review)
Arkansas State University
Central Michigan University

Week of Jan. 17 (MLK holiday)
(Self-study reports due: Oct. 15)
University of Washington
Florida International University (Undergrad and Professional Master’s)
University of Kentucky

Jan. 23-26:
(Self-study reports due: Oct. 29)
Brigham Young University
American University-Dubai

Jan. 30-Feb. 2:
(Self-study reports due: Nov. 5)
American University-D.C. (Undergrad and Professional Master’s)
Texas State University
Cal State-Fullerton

Feb. 6-9:
(Self-study reports due: Nov. 12)
University of Texas-Austin
San Diego State University
San Jose State University

Date to be determined:
Holy Angel, Philippines (initial accreditation review)
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Revisit for initial accreditation review)