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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.

South Dakota State University Academic Accreditations and Certifications

 

Academic Accredited Programs

Accrediting AgencyDegreeStatus
Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET)  
Agricultural & Biosystems EngineeringBSAccredited
Computer Science BSAccredited
Civil Engineering BSAccredited
Electrical Engineering BSAccredited
Mechanical Engineering BSAccredited
Construction ManagementBSAccredited
Operations ManagementBSAccredited
Electronics Engineering TechnologyBSAccredited
   
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)  
Hospitality ManagementBSAccredited
   
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)  
PharmacyPharm DAccredited
   
Accreditation Council for the Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)  
DieteticsBSAccredited
Dietetic Internship Accredited
   
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC) 
AdvertisingBA/BSAccredited
JournalismBA/BSAccredited
Mass CommunicationMMCAccredited
Public RelationsBSAccredited
   
American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE)  
Agricultural Systems Technology BSAccredited
   
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)  
BiochemistryBSAccredited
   
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)  
Pharmacy - PGY1 Residency ProgramCertificateAccredited
   
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)  
Aviation with Specialization in Aviation EducationBSAccredited
   
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)  
Athletic TrainingMSAccredited
   
Commission on Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS) 
SociologyPh.D.Accredited
   
Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)  
Exercise ScienceBSAccredited
   
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)  
NursingBSAccredited
NursingMSAccredited
NursingDNPAccredited
Nursing- APRN Post-GraduateCertificateAccredited
   
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)  
Interior Design BSAccredited
   
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 
Counseling and Human Resource Development
Specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College Counseling, School Counseling
MSAccredited
   
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)  
Counseling and Human Resource Development
Specialization in Counseling in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Setting
MSAccredited
   
National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc (NAAB)  
ArchitectureM.Arch.Accredited
   
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)  
Medical and Laboratory SciencesBSAccredited
   
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)  
Music EducationBMEAccredited
MusicBAAccredited
   

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)*
 

*The accrediting body will change to Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) during the 2019 evaluation

  
Teacher EducationBA/BSAccredited
PrincipalM.EdAccredited
School CounselorMSAccredited
   
Society for Range Management (SRM)  
Rangeland Ecology and ManagementBSAccredited

Academic Accredited Units

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

Academic Certified Programs/Units 

Accrediting AgencyStatus
American Chemical Society 
Chemistry (B.S.)Certified
  
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) 
Leadership & Management of Non-Profit Organizations (Minor)Certified
  
National Collegiate Honors Council 
Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors CollegeCertified
  
Department of the Army 
Army ROTCCertified
  
College Reading and Learning Association 
Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction (SI) ProgramCertified

University Accreditation 

Accrediting AgencyStatus
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 
InstitutionAccredited

Program Approvals

Approved For Teacher CertificationDegreeStatus
South Dakota Department of Education  
Birth to Pre-SchoolBSApproved
Early Childhood Education BSApproved
Secondary Education (7-12)  
Agricultural Education BSApproved
Career & Technical EdBSEDApproved
Family and Consumer Science BSApproved
Language Arts (English, Speech, Mass Communications, Theater)BAApproved
Mathematics BSApproved
Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics Education)BSApproved
Social Science (History, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Economics and Political Science)BS/BAApproved
K-12 Education  
ArtBS/BAApproved
Foreign Language: French, German, SpanishBAApproved
MusicBMEApproved
Physical Education BSApproved
Masters Degrees  
Counseling & Human Resource Development Approved
Curriculum & Instruction Approved
Educational Administration Approved