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State Authorization

SARA logoPennsylvania is a SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) member state, and Duquesne University is a SARA member institution. SARA establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education programs and courses amongst member states. Institutions must have degree authorization in at least one state to be eligible. Duquesne University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. SARA is intended to make it easier for students to participate in online programs offered by authorized postsecondary institutions that are located outside of a student's home state.

Please note, SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for programs leading to state licensure. See the information below to learn more.

Professional Licensure

Duquesne University is approved to offer programs that may lead to licensure or certification in Pennsylvania. However, licensing requirements vary from state to state. Duquesne University cannot confirm that our programs meet the specific requirements for licensure or certification in any other state.

If you are planning on seeking licensure or certification outside of Pennsylvania, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing board where you plan to be licensed prior to starting the academic program.

Supervised Field Experiences

Students seeking to complete any field experience should contact the appropriate program coordinator before initializing any contact with a business or agency outside of Pennsylvania.

Complaint Resolution

Duquesne University adheres to the SARA student complaint guidelines. These guidelines require all students to first seek resolution of a complaint through Duquesne University's internal complaint procedure. (Note: complaints about grades or student conduct violations can only be handled internally at the institutional level).

Pennsylvania students who are unable to find resolution internally, may appeal to the SARA state portal entity contact for Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania portal entity contact will notify and work with SARA. 

Out-of-state students may choose to work through Pennsylvania's SARA office or with their home state's SARA state portal entity contact. In either case, the Pennsylvania SARA office is responsible for staffing the investigation and complaint resolution as needed.

Students located in non-SARA states, California and Massachusetts, should contact their state agency directly.