As of December, 2015, the University of Missouri-Saint Louis is a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education, aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions and to make it easier for students to enroll in online programs outside of the states in which they reside.

For more information about the SARA initiative and progress of state and institutional membership, please visit

The University of Missouri-Saint Louis online degree programs are authorized in every state except for California. All education and nursing online degree programs that lead to a license currently are only authorized for Missouri.

Student Complaint Procedures

University of Missouri-St. Louis students enrolled in online and distance courses, as well as on-campus courses, should attempt to resolve complaints by following the procedures outlined on the Student Complaint/Grievance Procedures page on the UMSL website. If an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with the Missouri Department of Higher Education; the MDHE process can be found at If you wish to file a complaint about the University with its accreditor regarding issues of institutional quality, you may do so by following the instructions on the Higher Learning Commission website.

If you live outside of Missouri, you can file a complaint in the state where you reside by using state contact information, or file a complaint not pertaining to student conduct or student grades by using SARA institutions if your institution is in SARA. As new states, territories and protectorates join SARA, we will provide updates.

If you live in California, which is not currently in SARA*, you can file a complaint by using this state contact information: (only for institutions regulated by BPPE, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education).

*SARA is the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement; see website at States and institutions may join SARA.


Select from the options below to determine which program(s) are available in your state.  We are working hard to expand the number of states in which we have achieved authorization.  So, even if you your program of interest is not currently available in your state, it may be in the future.