HLC Accreditation

Northeastern State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission located at 230 North LaSalle Street. Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604- 1411. The HLC can be contacted at: 800-621-7440 or by email at All programs offered by the University are approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (655 Research Parkway, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-225-9100) and by the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma (3555 N.W. 58th Street, Suite 320, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, 405-942-8817).

On January 14, 2022, the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accrediting agency, reaffirmed Northeastern State University’s institutional accreditation for another 10 years, based on a comprehensive site visit that occurred October 18-19, 2021. The next visit will occur in 2031-32.

Find out more on NSU's HLC Accreditation page.

Specialty Accreditations

Educator Preparation Programs

NSU's educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master's levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. The Accreditation of Educator Preparation is located at located at 1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036; phone number is 202-233-0077. The Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability is located at 840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104; phone number is 405-522-5399. CAEP continued NSU’s accreditation for initial level through 2025, and a visit for advanced level programs will be in November 2021.

  • Art Education, B.A. Ed.
  • Cherokee Education, B.A. Ed.
  • Early Childhood Education, B.S. Ed.
  • Elementary Education, B.S. Ed.
  • English Education, B.A. Ed.
  • Health & Physical Education, B.S. Ed.
  • Library Media and Information Technology, M.S.
  • Mathematics - Mathematics Education Option, B.S.
  • Reading, M. Ed.
  • School Administration, M. Ed.
  • Science Education, B.S. Ed.
  • Social Studies Education, B.A. Ed.
  • Spanish Education, B.A. Ed.
  • Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities, B.S. Ed.

Oklahoma College of Optometry

Northeastern State University's Oklahoma College of Optometry Professional Doctoral Degree (O.D.) program has full accreditation by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) located at 243 N. Lindberg Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141; phone number is 314-991-4100. The program’s last visit was in 2012-13, and continuing accreditation is effective through spring 2022 (COVID delay).

Baccalaureate and Masters Nursing Programs

The NSU baccalaureate and masters nursing programs, Nursing, B.S.N. and Nursing, M.S.N. are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia; phone number is 404-975-5000. The BSN program has continuing accreditation through fall 2024, and the MSN program’s initial accreditation is active through fall 2025.

Bachelor and Master of Business Administration Programs

The Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration programs offered through the College of Business and Technology are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs located at 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213; phone number is 913-339-9356. The last accreditation visit was fall 2018, and NSU’s accreditation status was continued for 10 years. Its next visit will be in fall 2028.

  • Accounting, B.B.A.
  • Accounting & Financial Analysis, M.S.
  • Business Administration, B.B.A.
  • Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • Entrepreneurship, B.B.A.
  • Finance, B.B.A.
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management, B.B.A.
  • Information Systems, B.B.A.
  • International Business Management, B.B.A.
  • Management, B.B.A.
  • Marketing, B.B.A.
  • Professional Business Administration, M.B.A.

Didactic Program in Dietetics

The Northeastern State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (Nutritional Science: Dietetics, B.S.) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone number is 800-877-1600 ext. 5400. NSU has continuing accreditation through January 2024.

Bachelor and Master of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (Social Work, B.S.W.) program and the Master of Social Work (Social Work, M.S.W.) are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education located at 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457; phone number is 703-683-8080. The BSW program’s continuing accreditation is through 2029, and the MSW program’s initial accreditation was received in 2021 and is valid through spring 2025.

Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology (Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.) is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association located at 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850-3289; phone number is 800-498-2071. The program’s continuing accreditation is valid through spring 2022.

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music, B.A.) and Bachelor of Music Education (Music Education, B.M.E.) degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190; phone number is 703-437-0700. NSU was recognized with continuing accreditation in fall 2010, and its next visit is scheduled for the 2021-22 academic year (COVID delay).

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (Medical Laboratory Science, B.S.) program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences located at 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; phone number is 773-714-8880. NSU’s continuing accreditation was validated in 2017, and its next visit is fall 2021.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

NSU's Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Chemistry, B.S.) is approved by the American Chemical Society located at 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; phone number for US and Canada is 1-800-333-9511 and the phone number outside of North America is 614-447-3776. NSU has maintained its ACS approval since 2013 with its most recent report in 2020. Approval was continued to 2026.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Health and Safety Management is recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, 8645 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, 317-593-4800. Students must apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner within one year of graduation.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (Occupational Therapy, M.S.) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; phone number is 301-652-6611. The program’s accreditation is active through 2022-23.

Master of Science in Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling (Counseling, M.S.) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs located at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone number is 703-535-5990. NSU was initially accredited in 2015 and anticipates its next visit in Spring 2023.

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

The Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. program has been granted Accreditation-Provisional status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. ARC-PA is located at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, GA 30097, 770-476-1224. www.arc-pa.orgThe next visit is scheduled for fall 2025.