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South Dakota State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1916 and underwent its most recent reaffirmation of accreditation in 2019-2020. On November 4-5, 2019, SDSU hosted the HLC Peer Review Team for the onsite visit as part of the Open Pathway comprehensive review process. As a result of this review, SDSU was granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2029-2030.

SDSU Academic Accredited and certified programs/units

Academic Accredited Programs

Accrediting AgencyDegree
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 
Agricultural and biosystems engineeringB.S.
Computer scienceB.S.
Civil engineeringB.S.
Electrical engineeringB.S.
Mechanical engineeringB.S.
Construction managementB.S.
Operations managementB.S.
Electronics engineering technologyB.S.
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) 
Hospitality managementB.S.
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) 
Continuing pharmacy education programNA
Accreditation Council for the Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 
Nutrition and dieteticsB.S.
Dietetic internshipNA
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) 
Mass communicationMMC
Public relationsB.S.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) 
Nursing continuing professional developmentNA
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 
Agricultural systems technologyB.S.
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 
Pharmacy - PGY1 residency programCertificate
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) 
Aviation with specialization in aviation educationB.S.
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 
Athletic trainingM.S.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) 
Respiratory careA.S.
Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) 
Exercise scienceB.S.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
Nursing-APRN post-graduateCertificate
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) 
Interior designBFA
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 
Counseling and human resource development
specialization in clinical mental health counseling
Counseling and human resource development
specialization in college counseling
Counseling and human resource development specialization in marriage and family counselingM.S.
Counseling and human resource development
specialization in school counseling
Counseling and human resource development
specialization in rehabilitation and mental health settings
Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)* 
Teacher educationB.A./B.S.
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) 
Public healthMPH
Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) 
Landscape architectureBLA
National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc (NAAB) 
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 
Medical and laboratory sciencesB.S.
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) 
Graphic designBFA
Interior designBFA
Studio art (art education, ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture)BFA
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 
Music educationBME
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) 
Society for Range Management (SRM) 
Rangeland ecology and managementB.S.
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) formerly NASPE 
Physical education teacher educationsB.S.

Academic Accreditation Units

Accrediting AgencyDegree
American Association of Museums Accreditation Commission (AAM) 
South Dakota Art MuseumNA
American Association of Veterinary Lab Diagnosticians (AAVLD) 
Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic LabNA
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 
Fishback Center for Early Childhood EducationNA
Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) 
Nursing Healthcare Simulation Center 

Academic Certified Programs/Units

Accrediting AgencyDegree
American Chemical Society 
Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) 
Food scienceB.S.
National Collegiate Honors Council 
Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College 
Department of the Army 
Army ROTC 
College Reading and Learning Association 
Wintrode Tutoring Program is currently certified at Levels I, II and III for International Tutor Training Program 
Wintrode Student Success and Opportunity Center Peer Mentoring Program holds International Peer Educator Training Program Certification at Levels I and II 
National College Learning Center Association 
Learning Center Certification 

University Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)Degree

Program Approvals

Approved for Teacher Certification

South Dakota Department of EducationDegree
Birth to pre-schoolB.S.
Early childhood educationB.S.
Secondary education (7-12) 
Agricultural educationB.S.
Career and technical educationBSED
Family and consumer scienceB.S.
Language arts (English, speech, mass communications, theater)B.A.
Science (biology, chemistry and physics education)B.S.
Social science (history, psychology, sociology, geography, economics and political science)BA/BS
K-12 education 
Foreign language: French, German, SpanishB.A.
Physical educationB.S.
Masters degrees 
Counseling and human resource development 
Curriculum and instruction 
Educational administration 
*Formerly know as NCATE (name changed 2019)