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Accreditation and Accolades


Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. Northwest was most recently reaffirmed for accreditation by the HLC in July 2012.

In addition, Northwest online programs are accredited by:

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Missouri State Board of Education
  • The Northwest Missouri State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), distance, program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.


  • Ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by SR Education Group (2019)
  • Ranked No. 32 for "Global Online MBA" by CEO Magazine (2017)
  • Ranked No. 10 for "Best Affordable Online MBA Programs with Regional Accreditation" by (2016)
  • School of Business ranked among top 100 "Best U.S. colleges for Business Majors" by (2017)
  • Recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (2018)
  • Achieved all five benchmarks within Missouri's performance-based funding model for FY14, FY15, FY16 and FY18
  • Named a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media for five consecutive years, representing the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools that deliver the best experience to military students
  • Ranked the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri on U.S. News & World Report's list of "Best Colleges" (2015, 2016)

Facts & Figures

  • 100% of tenured and tenure-track faculty hold the highest degree in their fields
  • 100% of classes taught by professionals, not graduate assistants
  • 70,000+ grads form our connected network of Northwest alumni
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