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State Authorization Requirements & Complaints Resolution

Online and Distance Education

Online and distance education is an important part of McDaniel's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS). While all twenty-eight degree and certificate programs offer some online classes, we have several programs that can be taken completely online while others offer a hybrid (HY) and online (HY) option. Hybrid delivery programs include courses that are offered both on campus and online or courses which mix hybrid and online delivery within a single course. McDaniel does not currently offer any undergraduate degree programs online, but some courses are available online. 

Online and Hybrid Delivery Programs

Below is a list of programs offered through Graduate and Professional Services which offer online options for degree or certificate completion.

Master of Science in Educational Leadership (HY, OL)

Master of Science in Education of the Deaf (HY, OL approval pending)

Master of Science in Counseling (HY, OL approval pending)

Master of Science in Special Education (HY, OL)

Master of Science in Reading Specialist – Literacy Leadership (HY, OL)

Master of Science in Human Resources Management (HY,OL)

Master of Science in Elementary Education (HY,OL)

Master of Science in Secondary Education (HY, OL)

Master of Science in School Librarianship (OL)

Master of Science in TESOL (HY,OL)

Master of Liberal Arts (OL)

Master of Science in Gerontology (OL)

Master of Science in Public Administration and Policy (OL)

PBC STEM Instructional Leadership (HY,OL)

PBC Learning Technology Specialist (OL)

PBC Writing for Children and Young Adults (OL)

PBC Equity and Excellence in Education (HY, OL)

PBC Specialist in Aging (OL)

PBC Disability Support Services (OL)

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

State regulations require legal authorization for post-secondary institutions to offer distance degrees, certificates, and courses to students who live outside the institution's home state. This may also include online or campus-based courses that include activities such as internships, externships, co-ops, field experiences, student teaching, and clinical placements in state's outside of the institution's home state.

McDaniel is an approved institutional member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses/programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For more information about SARA, including the states currently participating in the agreement, visit

SARA membership allows McDaniel to accept and deliver our programs/courses online to students in 49 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students who reside in California, currently the only state not a member of SARA, should contact the admissions office prior to application to verify if you are eligible to participate in the online program of interest.

    Distance Education Consumer Complaint Policy

    As a part of the SARA regulations, institutions must provide current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting body and the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in a student's state.

    A complaint may include allegations that the institution engaged in:

    • Dishonest or fraudulent behavior, including giving false or misleading information to a student. Examples may include, but are not limited to:
      • Veracity of recruitment and marketing materials
      • Accuracy of job placement data
      • Accuracy of information about tuition, fees and financial aid
      • Complete and correct admission requirements for courses and programs
      • Accuracy of information about whether course work meets professional licensing requirements.
    • Operating a course or program contrary to standard practices set forth in the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education Programs (Online Learning) in such a way that harms a student.
    • McDaniel makes every effort to resolve student complaints internally. If you have a complaint about any of the above, please contact Steve Kerby at 410-386-4686 or

      If your complaint is not resolved, you may file a complaint with the Maryland Commission on Higher Education, Maryland’s SARA “portal agency.” Information about how to file such a complaint can be found on MHEC’s website.

    • To file a complaint in a state outside of Maryland visit the SARA Website for information about filing consumer complaints in those states.

    • Please note: this policy does not apply to complaints related to course grades, academic sanctions, or discipline/conduct matters. Those matters should be handled by McDaniel's Student Grievance Procedure as outlined in the student handbook.

    Professional Licensure Disclosure: McDaniel offers degree programs both on campus and online that meet the educational requirements students need to apply for professional licensure and certifications in Maryland. These programs may not meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in other states regardless. Please read our professional licensure disclosure.

    McDaniel College Accreditation

    McDaniel College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Commission has authorized McDaniel College to offer baccalaureate and master’s degrees, and post baccalaureate and professional graduate certificates. For information about filing a complaint with Middle States, visit the Middle States website.