State Authorization


The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, many of UC’s academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the field. For a list of organizations which accredit programs within UC, please refer to

State Regulations

Every state has authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state’s boundaries, including online/distance learning. The need for an institution to seek state authorization for distance learning depends on a combination of the state’s laws and the activities that the program/institution is conducting in that state. Review the Key Considerations regarding State Authorization for online programs.

The University of Cincinnati has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. Participation in SARA provides the University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of other SARA states (except where noted below). Additional information regarding SARA can be found at NC-SARA.

State Specific Information

For specific information regarding state authorization or to find out which UC online programs are available in your state, please click on your state or territory below. While the university is authorized to operate in other SARA member states, program-specific considerations may be noted. Some professional programs such as nursing, teacher education or others also fall under the jurisdiction of state professional licensing boards. If you are considering a program that leads to licensure or certification it is essential that you understand the regulations and requirements for your home state prior to enrolling in any academic program. As a starting point, see the Professional Licensure section below. Please note that information is subject to change.

Select a State

Please select a state to view information for by clicking it the state below:

If the online program in which you are interested is not available in your state, or you have questions regarding state authorization, approval or exemption, please email

Professional Licensure

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. UC does not guarantee that programs which fulfill Ohio licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. Students from outside the State of Ohio, who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure, should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence to understand the regulations and requirements for their home state prior to enrolling in any academic program. Refer to UC’s program website and contact the program coordinator for specific program requirements. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.

Complaint Resolution

The University of Cincinnati is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities. If a conflict arises, the University wishes to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and collegial manner. The Student Complaint Information webpage provides additional information regarding UC’s student complaint process and procedures and contacts for each state.