Resources and Documents

Accreditation Standards and Criteria

ACAOM Accreditation Manual

THIS DOCUMENT IS CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED AND REFORMATTED; CHANGES WILL BE EDITORIAL AND CORRECTIVE, NOT SUBSTANTIVE.  General eligibility requirements, standards, and criteria for master’s level and postgraduate doctoral programs and institutions.  

Accreditation Standards for the First Professional Doctorate

Forms and Applications

Substantive Change Application: First Distance Education Course

Use this application to submit a substantive change request for offering a first distance education course within an ACAOM-accredited program.  [Rev. November 12, 2016]  Be sure to reference the ACAOM Distance Education Policy for detailed information regarding the policy and guidelines for distance education courses.

Change notification form

Use this form to begin the process of notifying ACAOM of non-substantive or substantive changes.  [Rev. Nov. 15, 2016]  Be sure to reference the ACAOM Notification of Change Policy for detailed information regarding each category and element of change.

First-professional doctorate (FPD) substantive change application

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

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


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

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

Site Visitor Resources

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement