Missouri State University


Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation The University’s regional accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. On a 10-year review cycle, Missouri State University has been continuously accredited by the North Central association since 1915. HLC accreditation is for the entire University not specific academic programs.

HLC accreditation data

It is the policy of the University to attain accreditation for all programs where accreditation is offered. Academic programs having an accreditation review process with similar goals as the MSU program review are given the opportunity to utilize the accreditation process as its periodic review. Reports from the accreditation evaluators are used in a manner similar to reports from an external evaluator for further deliberation by the department/program which then prepares a response. While program review is on a seven-year cycle, accreditation varies from 5–10 years. Programs may use the accreditation cycle with approval from the provost and respective deans.

In addition to the college, department and specific program, information concerning the accrediting or certifying body, year first accredited, dates of past and future site visits, and links to evaluation reports may be found.

Accrediting/Certifying Body
Start of Current Certification
Certification Expiration
AACSB International College of Business   5 yr Spring 2013 Fall 2017 Site visit will be in 2017–2018
ABET - Computing Accreditation Commission Computer Science Bachelor of Science Computer Science 6 yr Aug 2007 FA 2013 Site visit was in fall of 2012.  Expect to receive final report from ABET summer 2013.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics— Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Biomedical Sciences Dietetic Internship Certificate Program 4 yr March 2012 FA 2016 Program assessment report due at four-year intervals.
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration Hospitality & Restaurant Administration Bachelor of Science— Hospitality & Restaurant Administration 7 yr SU 2011 SU 2018  
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. Physician Assistant Studies Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 7 yr March 2012 SP 2019  
American Chemical Society—Committee on Professional Training (Approval only) Chemistry BS in Chemistry Comprehensive 4 yr July 2012 2016  
American Council for Construction Education Technology & Construction Management BS in Construction Management 6 yr Feb 2011 SP 2017 Self-evaluation study and site visit in fall 2016
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics— Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Biomedical Sciences Bachelor of Science in Dietetics 5 yr review /10 yr accred. April 2005 2014 Site visit in 2014
American Physical Therapy Association— Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy 10 yr Oct 2008 Dec 2018 Contact Dr. Sean Newton, Acting Dept. Head, or Kaya (Katy) Day, Administrative Asst. for details.
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education—Program of Merit Review Committee (Merit Evaluation only) Psychology Bachelor of Science in Gerontology 5 yr July 2012 SP 2017  
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Sports Medicine & Athletic Training Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training 10 yr Dec 2013 SP 2023  
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing   10 yr Nov 2009 FA 2019 Progress report to CCNE in Dec. 2014.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (site visit for initial accreditation planned) Nursing Doctor of Nurse Practitioner 5 yr June 2012 June 2017  
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language Institute   Initial 5yr, then 10 yr maximum Aug 2010 FA 2015  
Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (Certification only) Psychology MS I/O Psychology N/A July 2004 Does not expire  
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Communication Sciences & Disorders   7 yr Aug 2010 FA 2017  
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs Biomedical Sciences Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia 10 yr Nov 2006 FA 2016  
Council on Education for Public Health Master of Public Health Program  Master of Public Health 5 yr, then 7 yr Oct 2012 Dec 2017 Initial accred. for maximum of 5 yrs., then typically review cycle is 7 yrs.
Council on Education of the Deaf Communication Sciences & Disorders MS Special Education: Deaf/Hearing Impaired 5 yr Dec 2010 SU 2015 Next visit FA 2015.  Report is due 30 days before visit.
Council on Social Work Education—Commission on Accreditation Social Work   7 yr June 2011 SU 2018 Received letter in June 2012 stating that our progress report for the Social Work BSW has been accepted. Contact Dr. Jo Ann Regan, Accreditation Specialist, in the Office of Social Work Accreditation, if there are any questions.
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools University   10 yr April 2006 SP 2016  
International Facility Management Association—Committee on Academic Affairs Technology & Construction Management BS Facility Management 2 yr Nov. 2012 FA 2014 Provisional accreditation to last not more than 2 years. Progress report and timeline should be prepared to obtain 4 year accreditation.  Re-accreditation is required after 6 year period.
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education College of Education     Feb. 2012   DESE requires a yearly reporting system by programs.  18 month certification period.  Revision of MoSTEP will establish new approval process and timeline.
State Board of Nursing of Missouri (Approval only) Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 5 yr Sept. 2012 2017  
National Association of Schools of Music—Commission on Accreditation Music   8 yr Dec. 2005 2013  
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration—Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation Political Science Master of Public Administration 7 yr July 2006 2013 Site visit will be February or March, 2013, Self study was submitted August, 2012. Anticipated effective date, August, 2013
National Association of Schools of Theatre—Commission on Accreditation Theatre & Dance   10 yr April 2009 SP 2019  
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (new title - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) College of Education   7 yr Feb. 2012    
National Recreation and Park Association—Council on Accreditation for Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services Kinesiology Bachelor of Science Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration 7 yr Dec 2008 FA 2015 Next visit FA 2015.  Report is due 30 days before visit.
Planning Accreditation Board Geology, Geography, & Planning Bachelor of Science in Planning (Comprehensive; Concentration in Community and Regional Planning or Concentration in Tourism Planning and Development ) 5 yr Dec 2013 FA 2018 Next visit FA 2018.
Project Management Institute—Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs Technology & Construction Management Master of Science in Project Management 7 yr August 2012 SU 2019  


Programs by Other Universities

Accrediting/Certifying Body
Number of Programs
Start of Current Certification
Certification Expiration
Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) Missouri University of Science & Technology  2

BS in Electrical Engineering

BS in Civil Engineering

3 yrs 2012 Sept. 2015 The Missouri University of Science and Technology off-campus Electrical and Civil Engineering Programs at Missouri State University have been accredited by ABET to September 30, 2015.