Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institution and Programs


Dakota Wesleyan University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has been continuously since 1916. DWU is a coeducational university granting the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Athletic Training, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science.  

The Higher Learning Commission is located at 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. They may also be reached at (312) 263-0456 and

Specialized Accreditations 

Specific programs also carry specialized accreditations. 

The teacher preparation program is accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501. They may also be reached at (605) 773-3134, and

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001,
(202) 887-6791.

The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, 3rd Floor N, Washington DC 20006. They may also be reached at (512) and 

The business program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66213. They may also be reached at (913) 631-3009, at and at 

Dakota Wesleyan University is also approved by the United Methodist University Senate, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 1001 Nineteenth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212.  They may also be reached at (615) 340-7400 and at 


Dakota Wesleyan University is certified by the State of South Dakota as a postsecondary education institution. 

Distance Education Authorization

Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and is permitted to offer distance education programs through SARA. State registration is continually being updated. For the most up-to-date list, please refer to the SARA website at 

Other Associations 

We participate in the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church, the South Dakota Association of Private Colleges, Association of American Colleges and Universities, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges. 


If you have questions about either institutional accreditation or specialized accreditations or approvals, please contact the accreditors directly or contact the DWU office of the provost.

Derek Driedger, Ph.D.