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Program State Authorizations and Approvals

To offer online programs to students who live outside of Georgia, or to enroll students in field experiences that will take place outside of Georgia (such as internships, clinicals, practicums, student teaching), Columbus State University must meet all of the regulatory requirements of the state where the activity will take place.  This page provides information on where CSU is currently able to offer programs, courses, or field experiences outside of Georgia.  

If you will be living internationally, or have any questions about the information on this page, please contact the State Authorization office at

If you are expecting a change in your physical location, contact the State Authorization office as soon as you know the anticipated location(s).  Physical presence in a location where we do not meet state regulatory requirements can negatively impact our ability to offer you federal financial aid, military tuition assistance, or your continuation with in the program.  These restrictions extend to courses taken online over the summer, and to internships, clinicals or other forms of field experiences if they are conducted outside of an approved state.  Students are responsible for providing accurate and updated information about their physical presence to the institution.

Early notification allows the institution to minimize, but may not prevent, the possibility of program delays. 

General Program Authorization

As a National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) approved institution, Columbus State University is authorized to offer our online programs to students living in SARA states/territories. CSU's activity in California is currently exempt from authorization by the state approving agency.

For programs related to licensed professions (i.e. Nursing, Teacher Education, Education Leadership, and Counseling) the university must also meet the requirements of the state licensing board before the program can be offered in that state. See the section below on Professional Licensure Program Authorization for more information on our ability to offer those programs.

Columbus State University is able to offer the following online degree programs in all 50 states*, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  


    • B.A. Communication - Communication Studies Track
    • B.A. Liberal Arts -
      • Humanities & Social Science Track
      • Military & Global Issues Track
    • B.B.A Business
      • General Business
      • International Business Track
    • B.S. Information Technology
    • B.S. Sociology - General Sociology


    • M.B.A. Master of Business Administration
    • M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Leadership in Higher Education Track
    • M.P.A. Public Administration 
      • Criminal Justice Track
      • Government Administration Track
      • Health Services Admin Track
    • M.S. Applied Computer Science -
      • Traditional Track
      • Cybersecurity Track
      • Modeling and Simulation
      • Software Development Track
    • M.S. Cybersecurity Management
    • Ed.D. Curriculum and Leadership - Higher Education Track

*CSU cannot allow students in any program to participate in field placements in Colorado.  Field placements include, but are not limited to, internships, externships, clinicals, and practicums. 

Professional Licensure Program Authorization

Programs related to licensed professions such as Nursing, Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Accounting and Counseling must comply with the regulatory requirements of both the state approving agency and the state professional licensing Board before CSU can offer the program to a student in that state.  

It is important to know that programs leading to all levels of licensure, endorsement, and professional certification are designed to satisfy the requirements of the appropriate professional licensing boards in Georgia.  Those standards may not necessarily satisfy the licensure requirements outside of Georgia.  Students who are considering a professional program, and who intend to seek employment outside of Georgia, should contact the appropriate board in the state/territory they want to practice before beginning a program to ensure that they understand their state's requirements for licensure.

Follow the links below for professional Licensing Board contacts by state.

CSU Online Professional Licensure Programs

CSU offers several online programs in professionally licensed fields.  Visit the following pages for detailed information on our ability to offer these programs outside of Georgia.


Teacher Education & Leadership

  • Graduate Degree Programs
    • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction in Accomplished Teaching
    • M.Ed. Early Childhood Education
    • M.Ed. Educational Leadership
    • M.Ed. Special Education-General Curriculum
    • M.Ed. Teacher Leadership
    • Ed.S. Early Childhood Education
    • Ed.S. Educational Leadership


Visit our Out of State Student page for more resources for out of state students.