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South Dakota State University (SDSU) has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1916 and underwent its most recent reaffirmation of accreditation in 2009-2010. SDSU was granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation and was commended 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

Since that time, the University has been building on these areas of excellence and has begun the process of reaffirming HLC accreditation through the Open Pathway.  SDSU is currently in the self-study phase of the reaccreditation process. Along with a 32-member steering committee, nine work groups with membership including 85 faculty members, staff, administrators and students are working on gathering evidence, writing the assurance argument, preparing the federal compliance materials, developing and implementing a communication plan and preparing for the site visit in November 2019.

South Dakota State University Accreditation, Certification, and Program Approval Status
Accrediting AgencyDegreeFrequencyLast DecisionNext Visit

Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET)

Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering    
Computer Science     
Civil Engineering     
Electrical Engineering     
Mechanical Engineering     
Construction Management    
Operations Management    
Electronics Engineering Technology    
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)    
Hospitality ManagementBS7 years20162023
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)    
PharmacyPharm D8 years20152023
Accreditation Council for the Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)    
DieteticsBS7 years20182025
Dietetic InternshipNA3 years20152018
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC)   
AdvertisingBA/BS6 years20182023
JournalismBA/BS6 years20182023
Mass CommunicationMMC6 years20182023
Public RelationsBS6 years20182023
American Association of Museums Accreditation Commission (AAM)    
South Dakota Art MuseumNA10 years20142024
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 years20182024
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)    
BiochemistryBS7 years20152022
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)    
Pharmacy - PGY1 Residency ProgramCertificate3 years20182021
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)    
Aviation with Specialization in Aviation EducationBS5 years20182023
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)    
Athletic Training BS10 years20102020-2021
Athletic TrainingMS10 years20122021-2022
Commission on Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS)   
SociologyPh.D.2 years20172019
Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)    
Exercise ScienceBS9 years20172026
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)    
NursingBS10 years20112021
NursingMS10 years20112021
NursingDNP10 years20162026
Nursing- APRN Post-GraduateCertificate10 years20162026
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)    
Interior Design BS5 years20132019
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 years20142019
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)    
ArchitectureM.Arch.3 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 years20172022
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)    
Music EducationBME10 years20102019-2020
MusicBA10 years20102019-2020
Society for Range Management (SRM)    
Rangeland Ecology and ManagementBS10 years20162026
Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)    
Nursing Healthcare Simulation Center 5 years20182023


American Chemical Society    
Chemistry BS 20162021
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  2018TBD
Department of the Army    
Army ROTC 1 year20162017
College Reading and Learning Association    
Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program 5 Years20162020