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.
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). Search for applied and natural science programs with ABET’s Accredited Program Search.
Our Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) accredits computing programs at the following level: bachelor (four-year degree). Search for computing programs with ABET’s Accredited Program Search.
Our Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) accredits engineering programs at the following levels: bachelor (four-year degree) and master (post-graduate). Search for applied science programs with ABET’s Accredited Program Search. 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). Search for applied science programs with ABET’s Accredited Program Search.
Distance Learning & Alternative Programs
The vast majority of ABET-accredited programs are offered primarily on-site; however, a number of ABET-accredited programs are offered in an online format. See the list of ABET-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 are called engineers and often pursue entry-level work involving conceptual design or research and development. Many continue on to graduate-level work in engineering. Graduates of four-year engineering technology programs are called technologists, while graduates of two-year engineering technology programs are called technicians. These professionals 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.
There is much overlap between the fields. Engineers may pursue MBAs and open their own consulting firms, while technologists may spend their entire careers in design capacities.
For ABET 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.