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    The University of South Dakota
  Feb 19, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


University and Program Accreditations

The University of South Dakota has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913 ( The University is an active member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council of Graduate Schools, and many other educational organizations.

Individual schools, departments, and programs have received additional accreditations from their appropriate professional organizations. These school/departments, their accrediting agencies, and dates of their initial accreditation are shared below: (Note: not all of these are undergraduate programs)

The University of South Dakota
  Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) 1913 (
School of Business
  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) 1949
School of Education
  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 1956
School of Law
  Council on the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA) 1923
  Council on the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association. Foreign Programs Subcommittee of the Accreditation Committee 2011
School of Medicine
  Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) 1929
Office of Human Subjects Protection
  Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) 2005
Addiction Studies
  National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission 2006 (
  National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) 1979
Center for Disabilities
  Administration for Developmental Disabilities (ADD) 1971
  American Chemical Society (ACS) 1941
Clinical Psychology
  American Psychological Association (APA) 1971
Communications Sciences and Disorders
  Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 1974
Counseling and Psychology in Education
  Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 1993
  National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2000
Dental Hygiene
  American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation 1969
Health Services Administration
  Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) 1998
Contemporary Media and Journalism
  Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC) 1997
  National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 1956
National Music Museum
  American Association of Museums (AAM) 1980
  National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission  (NLNAC) 1976
  South Dakota Board of Nursing 2006
  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 2011
Occupational Therapy
  Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) 1993
Physical Therapy
  Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 1993
Physician Assistant Studies
  Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) 1995
Public Administration
  National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) 1983
Social Work
  Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 1974
  National Association of Schools for Theatre (NAST) 1991