State Authorization & Licensure for Distance Education-The HUB - Carnegie Mellon University

The information appearing on this webpage was effective from 2013 through mid-May 2017. This information has been replaced by the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), effective mid-May 2017.  

State Authorization & Licensure for Distance Education

The University is Authorized/Licensed or Exempt from Authorization/Licensure in all applicable U.S States and Territories except AL, AR and MN: The University seeks authorization, licensure or exemption, as applicable, in various U.S. states and territories in which it is required to be authorized or licensed or exempted from authorization or licensure in compliance with U.S. Federal and state regulations that govern the offering and delivery of distance education programs and courses.  Note that regulations vary by state and territory.

The University is authorized and/or licensed to offer and deliver its programs and courses via distance education or is exempt or otherwise not subject to that authorization or licensure in all U.S. states and territories (including Washington DC), except for: Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota. Residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota.


Important Information About Distance Education

Residents of Certain States are Ineligible to Apply for Enrollment in Certain Courses and Programs Delivered via Distance EducationFor Carnegie Mellon courses and programs delivered via distance education only: Carnegie Mellon is not able to accept students who are residents of Alabama and Arkansas for enrollment in courses and programs delivered via distance education because it has not applied for or received authorization from these states to deliver courses and programs via distance education to residents of these states. Note, however, that residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota remain eligible to apply for enrollment in all  Carnegie Mellon degree programs that are not delivered via distance education, including those offered at any of its various campus locations.

Additionally, the following is some additional information that the university is required to provide by relevant state law:

Alaska: Carnegie Mellon’s programs and courses delivered via distance education are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because these courses and programs are online or distance delivered and the University does not have a physical presence in the state of Alaska. 

Maryland: The University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer its distance education programs to residents of Maryland.

Residents of Maryland please note: The University is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Any complaints can be directed to the Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or 410-528-8662 / 888-743-0823 (toll free). 

Minnesota: Carnegie Mellon is approved to offer the Master of Medical Management (MMM) degree (144 units) to Minnesota residents via distance education.

Carnegie Mellon is able to accept students who are residents of Minnesota for enrollment in Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Medical Management (MMM) degree program delivered via distance education, but residents of Minnesota are not eligible for enrollment in any other courses or programs delivered via distance education because Carnegie Mellon has not applied for or received authorization from Minnesota to deliver any of these other courses or programs via distance education to residents of Minnesota.   

'Carnegie Mellon University is registered with the office pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.'


Carnegie Mellon has not currently applied for or received authorization from these states for all of its courses and programs delivered via distance education because Carnegie Mellon has determined that the administrative and other requirements to obtain and maintain authorization for these distance education courses and programs that would otherwise be delivered to residents of these states, including the fees charged by these states and the additional administrative costs associated with doing so, are disproportionately burdensome, excessive and/or prohibitive, at least at the present time.    


Contact Information

For specific information regarding state authorization, licensure or exemption, contact:
Associate Vice President / Director of Enrollment Services
Carnegie Mellon University, Warner Hall A15, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Telephone: 412-268-5399
Email: krieg@andrew.cmu.edu

Director of Student Financial Services
Carnegie Mellon University, Warner Hall A19, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Telephone: 412-268-8981
Email: brianhill@cmu.edu