AUC operates within the framework of a 1975 protocol with the Egyptian government, which in turn is based on a 1962 cultural relations agreement between the Egyptian and US governments. In the United States of America, AUC is licensed to grant degrees and is incorporated by the state of Delaware. AUC is governed by a board of trustees and is administered by a chief executive officer appointed by this board.

Accreditation is a mark of excellence indicating endorsement by peer reviewers. It is of the utmost importance to universities, especially in a global context where prospective students, faculty members, and employers view it as a measure of academic excellence and institutional quality. The adherent self-study process, which involves participants from every unit of the institution and focuses on all activities and services, is an opportunity to examine where the University and its programs stand in terms of achieving institutional goals and standards, to focus efforts on areas that need enhancement and changes, and to define new challenges in academic endeavors and organizational matters.

  • Middle States Commission On Higher Education (MSCHE)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions. Institutional accreditation is granted by MSCHE for a period of 10 years, with a midway periodic review.

  • National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE)

In December 2010, AUC became the first University in Egypt to be accredited at the institutional level by the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE), a government body formed in 2007 with the purpose of establishing quality standards for Egypt's educational institutions. AUC's School of Sciences and Engineering also received NAQAAE accreditation at the school level.

  • Specialized Accreditation of Science and Engineering Programs

ABET-accredited programs are recognized worldwide. Graduates of ABET-accredited engineering programs are eligible to register as professional engineers in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada and Australia, after passing the required examinations. The undergraduate computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate actuarial science and biology programs are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate programs in construction engineering, computer engineering, electronics engineering, and mechanical engineering in the School of Sciences and Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

AUC's architectural engineering bachelor program received accreditation from UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education in March 2014. It is the label of excellence in the architectural education of the UIA, the world's largest international organization, which brings together professional organizations of architects in 124 countries and territories all over the world. Graduates of UNESCO-UIA validated architectural programs are eligible to apply for registration as professional architects in many countries around the world, after passing the required licensing requirements. All undergraduate programs in the School of Sciences and Engineering are granted equivalency by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities.

AUC's chemistry program received accreditation from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).

  • Specialized Accreditation of the School of Business

AUC’s School of Business is one of approximately 70 business schools worldwide - out of nearly 14,000 - as well as the first in the Middle East and third in Africa, to achieve triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

The school is the first in Egypt and North Africa to be awarded accreditation from AACSB International, making it one of only five percent of all business schools in the world to receive such accreditation. AACSB accreditation is considered the highest standard of achievement for business schools. There are about 45,000 business schools worldwide, and only 540 schools outside of the United States are accredited by AACSB. AUC's undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, economics and management of information and communication technology have received this accreditation. The Department of Management has received the AACSB accreditation as well as NAQAAE Accreditation. In addition, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Finance (MSF) have received this accreditation.

AUC’s School of Business also received accreditation for its MBA and Executive MBA programs by the London-based AMBA. Only two percent of MBA programs worldwide are AMBA-accredited.

In addition, AUC's School of Business has received its accreditation from EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). EQUIS is an accreditation system for management and business schools, administered by the European Foundation for Management Development. A high level of academic quality, professional relevance, innovation and internationalization is required to achieve EQUIS accreditation. EQUIS accredits programs that focus on the development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills. 

  • Triple Crown Accreditation of the MPA and MPP Programs -  School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

The programs of Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy at The American University in Cairo have been granted full accreditation for a period of six years by the International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA). ICAPA standards are developed by a joint United Nations/International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) task force which was initiated by the United Nations.

In addition, the two graduate programs are the first in the Middle East and the third outside the United States to receive accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). AUC is also the first institution outside of the United States with two accredited programs from NASPAA.

Moreover, The European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) has granted both programs full accreditation for seven years. EAPAA is the only quality assurance authority in public administration which is active throughout Europe. The MPA and MPP programs were the first two programs outside the Council of Europe to receive accreditation from EAPAA. 

This completes the two program’s “Triple Crown”, first of its kind globally in the field of public service education.

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AUC's Accreditation Reaffirmed

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed its accreditation of AUC through the 2026-2027 academic year. AUC received the top level of MSCHE's reaffirmation of accreditation, without any requirements and noting a number of significant accomplishments.