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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 EngineeringBS   
Computer Science BS   
Civil Engineering BS   
Electrical Engineering BS   
Mechanical Engineering BS   
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)
Hospitality ManagementBS7 years20162023
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)    
PharmacyPharm D8 years20152022-2023
Accreditation Council for the Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)  
DieteticsBS10 years20082018
Dietetic InternshipNA3 years20152018
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC) 
AdvertisingBA/BS6 years20122018
JournalismBA/BS6 years20122018
Mass CommunicationMMC4 years20142018
American Association of Museums Accreditation Commission (AAM)   
South Dakota Art MuseumNA10 years20142023
American Association of Veterinary Lab Diagnosticians (AAVLD)   
Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic LabNA5 years20132018
American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE)   
Agricultural Systems Technology BS6 years20122018
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)   
BiochemistryBS7 years20152022
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)    
Pharmacy - PGY1 Residency ProgramCertificate3 years20152018
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)    
Aviation with Specialization in Aviation EducationBS5 years20132017
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)   
Athletic Training BS10 years20102020-2021
Athletic TrainingMS10 years20122021-2022
Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)   
Exercise ScienceBS5 years20122017
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)    
NursingBS10 years20112021
NursingMS10 years20112021
NursingDNP10 years20162026
Nursing - APRN Post-GraduateCertficate10 years20162026
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)    
Interior Design BS5 years20132018
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 
Counseling and Human Resource DevelopmentMS7 years20172025
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)    
Teacher Education, Principal, and School CounselorBA/BS MS  M.Ed7 years20142021
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)    
Counseling and Human Resource Development
Specialization in Counseling in Rehabilitation and
Mental Health Setting
MS8 years20152023
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)    
InstitutionNA10 years20102019
National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc (NAAB)   
ArchitectureMS3 years20172019   
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)   
Medical and Laboratory SciencesBS10 years20162026
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)   
Fishback Center for Early Childhood EducationNA5 years20122017
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)    
Music EducationBME10 years20102019-2020
MusicBA10 years20102019-2020
Society for Range Management (SRM)    
Rangeland Ecology and ManagementBS10 years20162026


American Chemical Society    
Chemistry BSNA20162021
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics)    
Leadership & Management of Non-Profit OrganizationsMinor 2003 
National Collegiate Honors Council    
Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College  2010 
Department of the Army    
Army ROTC 1 year20162017
College Reading and Learning Association    
Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program 5 Years20102015