UNLV State Authorization Reciprocity: Nevada

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents Specifies the constitutional authority under which it was created in Article 1 Section 1, and the institutions under NSHE include the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The entire NSHE handbook is available online. UNLV is a degree-granting institution that is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Furthermore, the state of Nevada is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas-UNLV (“University”) is an approved SARA institution. SARA is an agreement that establishes a common set of standards for offering post-secondary distance education among member states. Learn more about SARA and the benefits to students.

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education (USDOE) State Authorization Regulations, the following information is provided to all current and prospective students:

Online Programs available to students who reside in Nevada:

College of Education

Educational Psychology

College of Liberal Arts

Multidisciplinary Studies
Social Science Studies

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Communication Studies
Crisis and Emergency Management
Urban Leadership
Urban Studies

Lee Business School

Management Information Systems

School of Integrated Health Sciences

Occupational Therapy


  • Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate View Disclaimer

School of Nursing



  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education (Post Master's) View Disclaimer
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Nursing View Disclaimer
  • Master of Science - Nursing View Disclaimer

School of Public Health

Healthcare Administration and Policy

William F. Harrah College of Hospitality


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas ("University") is currently not authorized to deliver Distance Education in [title] by virtue of its membership and compliance with SARA both as a state and as an institution.

The “University” has not had any adverse actions taken by a State or accrediting agency against our Distance Education program.

Learn more about the “University” Refund & Withdrawal Policies.

The complaint process for students is outlined below.

The Complaint Process:

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (“University”), aims to resolve all student complaints in an expedient and fair manner. Students wishing to file a complaint should first exhaust all “University” resources. Click the links for any issues regarding Title IX; Grade Disputes; Student Conduct, Academic Misconduct; or ADA Concerns.

For issues related to Online Education and State Authorization Reciprocity complete the following form: Report an Online Education Concern

Please allow for 10 business days from the time your concern was submitted for UNLV to follow up with you.

In the event a satisfactory resolution is not reached at the “University” level regarding Online Education and State Authorization Reciprocity, students are invited to follow-up with the Nevada System of Higher Education, Commission on Postsecondary Education: 8778 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 115, Las Vegas, Nevada 89123. Phone: (702) 486-7330. FAX: (702) 486-7340.

The contact information for UNLV's accrediting body can be found here: NWCCU.

Should the issue regarding Online Education and State Authorization Reciprocity not be resolved at the University and/or NV State level, students are invited to contact the State Agency in which students reside. For your convenience, the information known to the “University” is listed below:

Nevada System of Higher Education
2601 Enterprise Road
Reno, NV 89512