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Degree-Granting Institutional Registration


Degree-Granting Institutional Registration is required if you are a private college or university or an out-of-state public postsecondary educational institution that offers postsecondary degree programs to Minnesota residents. 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?


The Institutional Licensing and Registration division at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education has rolled out a new online portal, MNSAS.

If you are a NEW INSTITUTION seeking initial approval or an initial exemption, please click the link below to submit an Initial Inquiry application. Currently approved/exempt institutions will receive updates on the status of the new portal as they are available.

If you are an EXISTING INSTITUTION, please click the link below to access your institution profile.

  • For Existing Institutions, proceed to MN SAS Login Page

    • For Institutions with a user account:
      • Login to the portal
      • Complete all the required documents indicated in the portal.
      • Once all required documents are marked as complete, submit your registration.

Tutorial Videos on MNSAS can be found here:  

Dashboard Walkthrough Final.mp4

Editing Records Walkthrough.mp4

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


Which Institutions Are Already Registered in the State of Minnesota?

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