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Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

The University of South Carolina (USC) Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. USC Upstate also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ( 

The date of the next reaffirmation is 2032.

SACSCOC Letter – BOT Reaffirmed Accreditation (PDF)

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  • USC Upstate must either notify the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) about and/or secure SACSCOC approval for substantive changes. SACSCOC defines substantive change as “a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution.”  USC Upstate utilizes this Substantive Change Identification Form as a tool in the substantive change procedure to determine whether a program change is substantive and represents a significant modification or expansion as defined by SACSCOC.  This USC Upstate procedure supports the USC System Substantive Change Policy (ACAF 2.11).

    More information about Substantive Change

    Please contact Pam Steinke, SACSCOC Institutional Accreditation Liaison ( if you have questions.

Business Programs

Business programs are accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business at 600 Emerson Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO, 63141-6762; Phone: 314-872-8481.

Nursing Programs

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at University of South Carolina Upstate, Mary Black College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Undergraduate Education Programs

Undergraduate education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation at 2010 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 500, Washington D.C. 20036-1023; Phone 202-466-7496.

Computer Science Program and Engineering Technology Management Program

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management program are accredited by ABET — Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, Md. 21202-4002; Phone 410-347-7700.

Health Information Management Program

The Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Art and Graphic Design Program

The Art and Graphic Design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248; Telephone 703-437-0700).