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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.


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 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 BFAAccredited
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) 

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  
Foreign Language: French, German, SpanishBAApproved
Physical Education BSApproved
Masters Degrees  
Counseling & Human Resource Development Approved
Curriculum & Instruction Approved
Educational Administration Approved