Accreditation & State Authorization for Online Programs

Learn how Xavier University is committed to complying with all national and state regulations for its online and distance learning programs.


Xavier University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Ohio Department of Higher Education has authorized Xavier to offer undergraduate and graduate level certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees.

State Authorizations

State authorization of distance education is complex and dynamic. Xavier is committed to providing students with properly accredited degrees. Prospective students can check this site anytime for updated information about accreditations and authorizations.

In addition to Ohio, Xavier is authorized, exempted from authorization or not subject to approval in the following states (blue) for its distance education courses and programs:

US Map Authorized States

Xavier University participates in the National Council for State Authorization reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as an approved Ohio NC-SARA institution.


Due to state regulations regarding the delivery of distance education, Xavier is not currently able to accept applications from all states into all of its online programs. Program-specific information is below.


Applications permitted from residents of all states.


Coaching Education and Athlete Development – Applications permitted from residents of all states.
Montessori Education – Applications permitted from residents of all states.
Special Education – Applications permitted from residents of all states except for Kentucky. Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. Residents of Kentucky are not permitted to enroll in Xavier’s M.Ed. in Special Education program. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website.

MS – Criminal Justice

Applications permitted from residents of all states.


Applications permitted from residents of all states.

RN to MSN, MSN, and MSN/MSCJ Dual Degree

Applications permitted from residents of all states except:

  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • These programs also cannot accept students who reside outside of the United States

In addition, practicum experiences must be completed in authorized states. States listed here are not authorized at this time.

For more information about all of these programs, please contact the Enrollment Center at:
(855) 815-3054

This applies to Distance Learning programs ONLY. Students from these states who are interested in our on campus programs are encouraged to contact Xavier ((855) 815-3054 or for graduate programs) (877-XUADMIT or for undergraduate programs).

Complaint Resolution

Xavier University strives to provide the highest quality educational experience for all of its students. However, if a conflict does arise, students are encouraged to reach out to the appropriate personnel to discuss concerns, grievances and complaints. Issues related to academic courses should be raised first with the instructor, then the instructor’s department chair, and finally the instructor’s dean, if necessary. Issues related to sex discrimination should be filed with the Title IX Office.

If an issue cannot be resolved by Xavier University’s internal processes, students in online courses in SARA states may choose to file a complaint with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Students in states not participating in SARA may appeal to their state of residence. Click here to find the contact information for each state agency that would handle the complaint.

International Enrollments

Xavier welcomes students from outside the United States to enroll in its online programs. However, some countries do not formally recognize foreign online degrees. This may have implications for enrolling in subsequent degree programs or for securing employment requiring these credentials. It is students’ responsibility to determine whether the online degree will be recognized in their country of residence or in any country in which they plan to work. Additionally, students should inquire in their country of residence how the collection of student data may be used and whether they will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the cost of tuition.

International students who reside outside of the United States cannot be accepted into these programs: RN to MSN, MSN, and MSN/MSCJ Dual Degree.

Note: International students in the U.S. cannot enroll in an online degree program to fulfill the legal requirement for an F-1 or J-1 visa.