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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 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)  
Dietetic Internship Accredited
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC) 
Mass CommunicationMMCAccredited
Public RelationsBSAccredited
American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE)  
Agricultural Systems Technology BSAccredited
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)  
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) 
Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES)  
Exercise ScienceBSAccredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)  
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
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)  
Counseling and Human Resource Development
Specialization in Counseling in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Setting
National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc (NAAB)  
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)  
Medical and Laboratory SciencesBSAccredited
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)  
Music EducationBMEAccredited

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
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)