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

HLC accreditation data

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. Notification of accreditation letters are also available to view.


Accrediting Body College / Dept. Program Cycle Start of Current Cert. Cert. Expires Comments
AACSB International College of Business All B.S. in Business; All Master programs 5 yr Spring 2013 Fall 2017 Site visit will be in 2017–2018
ABET - Computing Accreditation Commission Computer Science Bachelor of Science Computer Science        
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics— Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Biomedical Sciences Dietetic Internship Certificate Program 7 yr July 2016 FA 2023  
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration Hospitality Leadership 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  
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Occupational Therapy Master of Occupational Therapy Program 7 yr 2017 2024 Interim report due 2020. Onsite evaluation will be scheduled within the 2023/2024 academic year. 
American Council for Construction Education Technology & Construction Management BS in Construction Management 6 yr Feb 2017 SP 2023 Next site visit in fall 2022
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics— Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Biomedical Sciences Bachelor of Science in Dietetics 7 yr  April 2014 2022 Site visit in fall 2021.
American Physical Therapy Association— Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy 10 yr Oct 2008 Dec 2018 Site visit scheduled for Spring 2018.
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 School of Nursing All Bachelor and Master programs 10 yr Nov 2009 FA 2019 Progress report to CCNE in Dec. 2014.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education  School of Nursing Doctor of Nurse Practice 5 yr Sept 2014  SU 2020 Site visit will be fall of 2019. Website address -
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language Institute English Language Institute Initial 5yr, then 10 yr maximum Aug 2015 FA 2025  
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs Counseling,
Leadership and Special Education

MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling

MS School Counseling

6 yr Spring
Spring 2023


Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Communication Sciences & Disorders CSD options in Speech-Language Pathology (MS) 8 yr Nov 2009 Oct 2017  
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Communication Sciences & Disorders Doctor of Audiology 8 yr Nov 2009  Oct 2017   
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs Biomedical Sciences

Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Entry Level

Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice - Completion

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Entry Level

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, Completion

10 yr Nov 2016 Fall 2026  
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions  (COAPRT) Kinesiology Bachelor of Science Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration 7 yr Oct 2015 FA 2022 Prior to the fall of 2022, the program will submit an updated self-study for review by Council. 
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 6 yr July 2016 June 2022  
Council on Social Work Education—Commission on Accreditation Social Work All Bachelor and Master programs  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 University Institutional accreditation 10 yr SP 2016 SP 2026  
International Facility Management Association—Committee on Academic Affairs Technology & Construction Management BS Facility Management 4 yr July 2014 FA 2018 4-year accreditation
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 Undergraduate and graduate 8 yr SU 2016 SU 2024 Received a commendation for a comprehensive and thoughtful response. Next visit is scheduled for the 2023-24 academic year. 
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration—Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation Political Science Master of Public Administration 6 yr July 2014 SU 2020  
National Association of Schools of Theatre—Commission on Accreditation Theatre & Dance  Undergraduate 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 Teacher preparation programs, graduate and undergraduate 7 yr Feb. 2012  FA 2018  
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  

Certifying Body

Certifying Body College / Dept. Program Cycle Start of Current Cert. Cert. Expires Comments
American Chemical Society—Committee on Professional Training (certification) Chemistry BS in Chemistry Comprehensive 4 yr July 2017 2022  
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  
Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (Certification only) Psychology MS I/O Psychology N/A July 2004 Does not expire  

Programs by Other Universities

Accrediting/ Certifying Body College/
of Progms.
Program(s) Cycle Start of Current Cert. Cert.
ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology Missouri University of Science & Technology The Missouri University of Science and Technology off-campus Electrical and Civil Engineering


BS in Electrical Engineering

BS in Civil Engineering


Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City


PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy)

6 yrs currently

July 2010

June 30, 2016

The next comprehensive review for the UMKC PharmD program will occur in 2015–2016.