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Degree-Granting Institutional Registration

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Degree-Granting Institutional Registration is required if you are a private college or university in Minnesota or an out-of-state public postsecondary educational institution that offers postsecondary degree programs. This includes any:

  • Institutions located in Minnesota that seek to offer distance education degree programs to non-Minnesota residents
  • Institutions located in Minnesota that seek to offer degree programs to Minnesota residents
  • Institutions located outside of Minnesota that seek to offer distance education programs to Minnesota residents*
  • Businesses that offer career training must have approval to use "academy", "college", "institute", or "university" in your name.

Out-of-state institutions that seek to send students to Minnesota for an internship, externship, clinical placement, or field experience do not need to seek approval from our office.

Degree-Granting Institutional Registration requires institutions to have:

  • academic degrees meet state standards
  • financial resources sufficient to meet the school's financial obligations
  • appropriate faculty
  • sound institutional policies and practices
  • accurate and useful information about programs, tuition and fees, admissions, evaluation, dismissal, and refunds for students
  • a plan for preservation of student records

* Note: A number of out-of-state institutions offering online/distance education programs to Minnesota residents are doing so through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which Minnesota participates in. These institutions are not required to have approval from our office and may not meet the above requirements. A list of states participating in SARA and institutions in those states authorized to offer online/distance education programs to Minnesota residents is posted on the SARA website.


Rules & Statutes


How do I apply for Degree-Granting Institutional Registration for my Institution?

  • Proceed to ED Vera
  • You must request a new user login before filling out a new application. Please include a brief description of your intended purpose, your name, contact information, and the institution(s) with whom you are requesting to be associated so that we can best assign your user roles.
  • First time users, complete the following documents in EdVera:
    • Initial Inquiry document
    • Initial Application document (which will be made available after the Initial Inquiry has been approved by our office)
    • New Location document
    • New Program documents for each proposed degree program
  • Renewing institutions, complete the following documents in EdVera:
    • Initial Inquiry document
    • Renewal Application document (which will be made available after the Initial Inquiry has been approved by our office)
    • New Location document
    • New Program documents for any new proposed degree program
    • Complete a spreadsheet for prior approved programs (contact our office for more information)

The information required for registration can be found on this checklist and on the submission requirements for degrees and programs.

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