Documents and Resources

Accreditation Standards and Criteria

ACAOM Accreditation Manual (PDF, 81 pages, 1.8mb)

General eligibility requirements, standards, and criteria for master’s level and postgraduate doctoral programs and institutions

Accreditation Standards for the First Professional Doctorate (PDF, 49 pages, 312kb)

Forms and Applications

Change notification form (DOCX, 2 pages, 115kb)

Use this 2-page form to begin the process of notifying ACAOM of non-substantive or substantive changes.  Please contact Commission staff if the change you wish to report is not addressed by this form.

First-professional doctorate (FPD) substantive change application (DOCX, 10 pages, 110kb)

Use this to submit a substantive change application for a first-professional doctoral program.  Carefully read the instructions to be sure that your institution meets all the criteria for submission.

Self-study application cover sheet (DOCX, 15 pages, 134kb)

Complete this cover sheet and related materials and enclose with your self-study report (initial and continuing accreditation).

Governing and Operational Documents

By-Laws of the Commission (PDF, 9 pages, 82kb)

Dues and Fees Schedule (PDF, 4 pages, 585kb)

Policies and Procedures

The Commission is currently reviewing policies and procedures and related documents, in preparation for significant changes to document and workflow management.  Updated policy and procedure documents will be posted here as they become available.  For information or documents relating to current Commission policies and procedures, please contact Commission staff.


The Commission accepts and reviews complaints about ACAOM-accredited or candidate programs and institutions from students, faculty, staff, other institutions or programs and member(s) of the public that allege violations of ACAOM Eligibility Requirements, standards, criteria, policies or procedures.

Complaint form (DOCX, 2 pages, 79kb)

Complete the complaint form, carefully following the instructions, and return the form and any supporting documentation either via surface mail or Email as indicated.