It is an integral part of the MSU System of eleven (11) autonomous campuses that pursue quality education. It continually performs the mandated functions of instruction, research, extension and production as it faces the challenges of time. The campus is devoted to assist the government in the integration of cultural minority groups into the mainstream of the national body politic and provide trained manpower and technical know-how the socio-cultural and economic development of the ARMM by renewing its vision, mission and goals, and by strengthening its flagship programs in agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
MSU-Maguindanao campus is located at Dalican, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. It is 22 kilometres away from Awang Airport which provides services to major cities in the Philippines. A 30-minute ride from Cotabato City is the Polloc Port, a gateway to Manila, Zamboanga and Iloilo. The Narciso Ramos Highway stretching from Parang, Maguindanao to Marawi City is a one-access way of MSU-Maguindanao to other units like MSU-LNAC, MSU – Marawi, MSU – IIT and MSU – Naawan. Also, numerous transport services traverse the concrete road from Cotabato City to General Santos City passing the MSU-Maguindanao campus and reaching MSU and General Santos.
The MSU–Maguindanao Campus then MSU Dinaig Agricultural and Technical College (MSU-DATC) was established on October 10, 1973 by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 821 series of 1973. It formally started its operation in the second semester of AY 1973 – 1974 with seven (7) faculty members, fifteen (15) members of the administrative staff, five (5) security guards, and one hundred twenty-six (126) students. The campus offered only three courses namely: Agriculture, Forestry and Community Development. Classes were held at the grandstand of Dalican Pilot Elementary School, Datu Odin Sinsuat (then Dinaig), Maguindanao with very limited facilities.
In 1975, all the school facilities were razed to the ground by fire. However, events did not end the noble cause of the school. It renewed its operation with the support of the late Mayor Datu Odin Sinsuat, Sr. of Dinaig. He partly donated and sold at a minimal price the 55-hectare site of the unit in 1975.
From then on, the unit has grown as an institution of higher learning. It was granted fiscal autonomy by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 48, series of 1982 and was renamed MSU-Maguindanao by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 561, series of 1982. From three (3) course offerings in 1973, it now has eighteen (18) baccalaureate programs, eleven (11) graduate programs and four (4) diploma courses.