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Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States and certifies degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the HLC as the assigned regional accrediting organization. The pathway followed for accreditation is the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

The AQIP Pathway is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement. You can read about our AQIP Action Projects that are used to demonstrate continuous improvement in the AQIP Pathway on the Action Projects page.

Metropolitan State University elected to join AQIP in 2003. Reaffirmation of Accreditation is based on Metropolitan State's active participation in AQIP, on evidence of improvement in the organization, and evidence that the university continues to fulfill the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation. The Criteria for Accreditation are the standards of quality by which the Commission determines whether an institution merits reaffirmation of accreditation.

Accreditation Information

  • Candidacy date(s): 03/22/1972 - 07/23/1975
  • Accreditation Date: 1975
  • Year of Admission to AQIP: 04/04/2003
  • Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation: 2016-2017
  • Year of Next Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2024-2025

Contact the HLC by phone at 800-621-7440 or on the official website.

Specialized program accreditation and certification

Nursing: Baccalaureate and master-level nursing programs are accredited through 2023. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice was reviewed in April 2018 for reaffirmation of accreditation.

Social Work: Reviewed in April 2018 for reaffirmation of accreditation.

Human Services—BS in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Substance Use Disorders Post-baccalaureate Certificate, and MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling: Fully accredited through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission through 2028.

Accreditation for business schools and programs: We are pleased to inform our current and future students, their employers, and the greater Metropolitan State community that the Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded Metropolitan State University’s College of Management accreditation of its business programs.

Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (formerly the Minnesota Board of Teaching): Baccalaureate and master-level education programs are approved for licensure through 2018. The programs were reviewed in April 2018 for reaffirmation of accreditation.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training: Re-certified through 2020.

Institute of Management Accountants: Curriculum endorsement for Certified Management Accountant credential on October 22, 2015.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education: through 2020.

The Society for Human Resource Management: Alignment with SHRM HR curriculum through 2020