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South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

  • Dedicated faculty and staff
  • Quality new facilities
  • Excellent student leadership
  • Shared governance
  • Partnerships with local community
  • Robust and Integrated assessment program
  • Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics
South Dakota State University Accreditation, Certification, and Program Approval Status


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Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET)        
 Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering BS      
Computer Science  BS      
Civil Engineering  BS      
Electrical Engineering  BS      
Mechanical Engineering  BS      
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)
Hospitality Management BS 7 years 2016 2023
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)        
Pharmacy Pharm D 8 years 2015 2022-2023
Accreditation Council for the Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)    
Dietetics BS 10 years 2008 2018
Dietetic Internship NA 3 years 2015 2018
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC)  
Advertising BA/BS 6 years 2012 2018
Journalism BA/BS 6 years 2012 2018
Mass Communication MMC 4 years 2014 2018
American Association of Museums Accreditation Commission (AAM)      
South Dakota Art Museum NA 10 years 2014 2023
American Association of Veterinary Lab Diagnosticians (AAVLD)      
Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab NA 5 years 2013 2018
American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE)      
Agricultural Systems Technology  BS 6 years 2012 2018
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)      
Biochemistry BS 7 years 2015 2022
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)        
Pharmacy - PGY1 Residency Program Certificate 3 years 2015 2018
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)        
Aviation with Specialization in Aviation Education BS 5 years 2013 2017
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)      
Athletic Training  BS 10 years 2010 2020-2021
Athletic Training MS 10 years 2012 2021-2022
Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)      
Exercise Science BS 5 years 2012 2017
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)        
Nursing BS 10 years 2011 2021
Nursing MS 10 years 2011 2021
Nursing DNP 5 years 2011 2016
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)        
Interior Design  BS 5 years 2013 2018
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)  
Counseling and Human Resource Development MS 7 years 2010 2017
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)        
Teacher Education, Principal, and School Counselor BA/BS MS  M.Ed 7 years 2014 2019
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)        
Counseling and Human Resource Development
Specialization in Counseling in Rehabilitation and
Mental Health Setting
MS 8 years 2015 2023
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)        
Institution NA 10 years 2010 2019
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)      
Medical and Laboratory Sciences BS 10 years 2016 2026
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)      
Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education NA 5 years 2012 2017
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)        
Music Education BME 10 years 2010 2019-2020
Music BA 10 years 2010 2019-2020
Society for Range Management (SRM)        
Rangeland Ecology and Management BS 10 years 2016 2026


American Chemical Society        
Chemistry  BS NA 2011 2016
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics)        
Leadership & Management of Non-Profit Organizations Minor   2003  
National Collegiate Honors Council        
Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College     2010  
Department of the Army        
Army ROTC   1 year 2014 2015
College Reading and Learning Association        
Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program   5 Years 2010 2015