State Authorization

Image indicating that Duquesne University is an Approved Institution of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Pennsylvania is a SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) 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. 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, licensure requirements vary from state to 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.

Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures

State-by state determinations concerning professional licensure/certification are linked below for the following:

Liberal Arts
Music Education 
Music Therapy 

For programs leading to licensure or certification that are not listed above, Duquesne cannot confirm whether our programs meet the specific requirements for licensure or certification as applicable in other states or territiories. 

For additional information:

Supervised Field Experiences

Students seeking to complete any field experience or out-of-state learning placement should contact the appropriate program coordinator before initializing any contact with a business or agency outside of Pennsylvania. This applies to students enrolled in any academic program, either online or on-campus.

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).

For complaints that cannot be resolved through Duquesne University's internal complaint process, contact the appropriate agency for your home state as listed in the Student Complaint Information by State and Agency document. Note: California Students can file a complaint via the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs website.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will review all written and signed student complaints against colleges, universities and seminaries certified to operate in Pennsylvania.