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Accreditation and State Regulation Authorizations

Accredited Online Degrees

Since 1870, St. John’s University has educated over 140,000 students from all walks of life for rewarding personal and professional lives through our outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and registered with the New York State Education Department, St. John’s online degree and certificate programs enable adult learners to get a high-quality education in a flexible and convenient format.

For a complete listing of program-specific accreditations, please see below.

State Authorization

Federal regulations require that colleges and universities that participate in Title IV funding and offer degree programs through distance or online education to students in other states must seek approval from those states to offer such programs. St. John’s University is working to comply with the distance education regulations and to maintain the necessary authorizations to offers its online programs in all states.

St. John’s University is approved by The State of New York to participate 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. As a participant in NC-SARA, St. John’s University is authorized to offer its online degree programs to residents of all other states that participate in NC-SARA. For additional information on NC-SARA and the list of states that participate, please visit their website at

As a provider of distance or online education, St. John’s University is also required by the United States Department of Education to provide all prospective and current out-of-state students with contact information for the appropriate agency in their home state that handles complaints against institutions offering distance learning within that state. Students are encouraged to follow the university’s Academic Fairness Procedure prior to filing a complaint with a state agency. Contact information for the appropriate agency that handles student complaints in states outside of New York may be found at

At this time, St. John’s University is authorized to offer its online degree programs to residents of all 50 states in the U.S.. We will continue to monitor developments regarding distance education authorization in states other than New York, pursue appropriate approvals or exemptions, and provide updates when available.