Accreditation, Associations and Memberships


  • Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • All graduate and undergraduate business programs in Concordia University’s School of Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • Concordia University's Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Concordia University's Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and fully approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
  • Concordia University's Teacher education programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and, at the time of publication of this catalog, are in the process of being approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • The University is a member of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Oregon Independent College Foundation.
  • Concordia University is authorized to transact business in the State of Idaho.
  • Concordia University is approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for offering VA educational benefits.**
  • Concordia University School of Law is provisionally approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.

Documents pertaining to accreditation, licensure, and approvals are available for review in the Office of the Provost.

**See the VA Information tab in the Addendum for updated information.

Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB)

Concordia University is authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institution Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Concordia University to offer the following degree program: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Authorization by the HECB does not carry with it an endorsement by the board of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the HECB at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

The Concordia University System (CUS)

Concordia University - Portland is the Pacific Northwest University of the Concordia University System. The CUS is a unique, nationwide consortium. It is a ten-school, intercampus partnership designed to provide enhanced educational experiences for students, efficient use of resources, and unique inter-institutional programming. A variety of initiatives are currently underway for the CUS.

The CUS is a confederation of the ten Concordia colleges and universities in the United States that are associated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Each college and university maintains its individual identity and autonomy, and is strengthened by the association with the sister institutions.

An area Board of Regents, elected by the LCMS in convention, carries the responsibility for the institution’s operation and control. The President of the university serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Board. These initiatives include the continued development of distance learning opportunities, coordinated study abroad opportunities, “seamless” and easy inter-institutional transfer of students, short term courses of study on various campuses, and sharing of faculty and other institutional resources.

The member institutions of the Concordia University System are:

  1. Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Concordia University, Austin, Texas
  3. Concordia College, Bronxville, New York
  4. Concordia University, Irvine, California
  5. Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin
  6. Concordia University, Portland, Oregon
  7. Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois
  8. Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota
  9. Concordia College, Selma, Alabama
  10. Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska

The LCMS also elects a Board for University Education (BUE) that implements and articulates the operation of the various synodical schools. Through its Executive Director, it serves as liaison between the national church and each school’s Board of Regents.