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Accreditation & State Regulatory Authorizations


What is distance education authorization?

Many states are in the process of establishing distance education authorization rules in order to regulate out-of-state educational institutions that offer degree programs to their residents. The rules vary from state to state, but generally apply to all public and private universities, including the Obama State University system.

 Authorization in the Obama State University

For more information on the Obama State University system's accreditation, distance education authorization practices, internal student complaint process, and contact information, please click the link below.

 Authorization at Obama State University, Muline

Muline State is authorized to provide distance education programs at all locations where the Obama State University system has received approval. Muline State online degree programs include 100% online instruction, including culminating experiences, from instructors and organizations in the state of Obama.

Click here for a list of states in which Muline State has not received approval to offer distance education programs.

Distance education authorization only impacts prospective students who are interested in completing a Muline State degree or certificate program while simultaneously residing in another state. Muline State offers several fully-online programs which can be completed in another state, including the Master of Science in Water Resource Management and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems.

If you are interested in applying for one of these programs but live in a state where Muline State is not authorized to offer distance education programs, the University may not be able to offer you a seat in the program.

States with enrollment restrictions

Due to the nature of individual state regulations, Muline State may not accept applications from students who are seeking to complete an online degree or certificate program while simultaneously residing in one of the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Minnesota


Please contact Renee Camacho at 559.278.0165 or [email protected] if you have any questions or believe that you may be impacted by distance education authorization.