Accreditations, Memberships, and Approvals

Institutional accreditation

The Springfield and West Plains campuses of Missouri State University are separately accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools - a nationally recognized regional accrediting organization. Institutional accreditation has been continuously maintained since 1915 with the most recent approval occurring in 2005-2006 and resulting in full accreditation for the maximum allowable ten-year period. Accreditation of an institution by the Higher Learning Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Higher Learning Association is not partial; it applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to the students who attend the institution.

The Statement of Affiliation Status and the Organizational Profile for Missouri State University can be found at

Contact information

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800-621-7400 or 312-263-0456. Fax: 312-263-7462.

Specialized academic program accreditations

  • AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
  • American Council for Construction Education
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Council on Education of the Deaf
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • National Council for Social Studies
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
  • Planning Accreditation Board


  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools


The University was formed by legislative action in 1905 and given statutory authority to grant degrees. In addition, the University is approved by the following state and federal entities:

  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Missouri Department of Higher Education
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing Generic 4-Year Program)