State Authorization

Boise State University delivers online education degrees and courses throughout the United States and internationally, and our online offerings continue to expand. Idaho’s State Board of Education has approved all degrees offered through Boise State.

The following statement is found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate versions of the Boise State University Catalog.

Boise State University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally and online offerings continue to expand. Idaho’s State Board of Education has approved all programs.

Due in part to the increased popularity of distance education, many states have prescribed an “authorization” process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents. Through such proactive processes, states are striving to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree and to instill greater consumer protection for its citizens.

Authorization (sometimes referred to as “registration,” “licensure,” “approval,” etc.) indicates that the institution has met certain minimum standards under the laws and regulations of that state. Authorization does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Credits earned at an institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Boise State has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance and currently participates in a voluntary State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) encompassing all states except California. Boise State can operate without state authorization in California because it is a public accredited institution.

Individuals considering a course or program in preparation for professional licensing or certification outside Idaho are encouraged to seek guidance from the pertinent licensing agency in that state in advance of application and periodically thereafter.

Some online programs may not be available in some states or may not be designed to prepare a student for professional licensure. Please contact the academic department before submitting an application. More specific information about program availability and professional licensure can be found at: https://www.boisestate.edu/online.