• State Authorization for Online and Distance Education

    Federal regulations require schools providing distance education to students residing outside of the institution's home state to seek state authorization with the states from which they enroll students or participate in a state authorization reciprocity agreement. Currently Hamline participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This allows Hamline to enroll students from most states. Currently there are 3 states that have not joined NC-SARA: California, and Massachusetts.*

    View an interactive map of participating SARA Institutions.

    *Students residing in these states are eligible to enroll in fully-online curricula, but there are different conditions for each state that may restrict eligibility for certain sorts of additional instructional experiences (such as clinical or internships) in a few of our programs. Please contact an admission counselor or Director of Graduate Admission Shawn Skoog at sskoog03@hamline.edu for specific guidance about your eligibility to enroll as a resident from this state in an online program.

    Licensure Requirements

    Online education licensure programs currently only lead to the recommendation of licensure in the state of Minnesota. If you reside outside of Minnesota, please check with your state licensing agency to determine if the Hamline program will lead to licensure in your state.

    Other online programs do not lead to licensure in Minnesota. If licensure is required in your state, you must check with your state agency to determine if the Hamline program will satisfy the eligibility requirements.

    Questions, Concerns, Complaints?

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, we encourage you to speak to your program administrator. Hamline's Grievance Procedures for Students can be found here. If you still have an issue, please contact the provost at provost@hamline.edu.

    If the issue cannot be resolved internally, students residing in a NC-SARA state, pursuant to the SARA Complaint Process, may contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education:
    Betsy Talbot
    Minnesota Office of Higher Education
    1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    651.259.3965
    Betsy.Talbot@state.mn.us

    For students residing in California, complaints can be made at:
    Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
    2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
    Sacramento, CA 95833
    phone: 916-431-6959
    Filing a Complaint

    For students residing in Massachusetts, complaints can be made at:

    Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
    One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
    Boston, MA 02108
    617-994-6950
    Filing a Complaint

    You may also report any complaints to Hamline University’s accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (inquiry@hlcommission.org).