Detailed State Authorization Status List

USF Accreditation

The University of San Francisco is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

View more information on the specialized accreditation many of USF's academic programs carry.

State Authorization

USF is currently accepting applications for enrollment into our 100% online degree programs from residents in the following states and territories:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Guam, Hawaii Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Programs are considered 100% online degree programs if they do not trigger a physical presence in the state (i.e., they do not have an on-ground requirement, such as fieldwork).

USF currently offers the following 100% Online Degree Programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)*
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)

*Although the MA in Public Leadership is a hybrid program, it is considered fully online from a regulatory perspective because students complete their coursework in California and Washington, D.C. rather than in their own states of residence.

USF continues to make a good faith effort to monitor the laws in each state, authorization regulations for distance education varies from state to state. Prospective students should check this site for updates in USF's state authorization statuses.  California is not a member of SARA. For more information about SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org.

Professional Licensure

Important note for prospective MSN and DNP students: The MSN and DNP programs require post-licensure practicum or clinical components that are normally completed in the state the student resides. Students must be a licensed registered nurse in the state in which they reside. It is highly recommended that you seek guidance from the appropriate Board of Nursing in the state you reside before beginning the academic program outside your state. To contact the Board of Nursing in your state, go to https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

On-ground or Field Experience

On-ground or field experience refers to an internship, externship, clerkship, practicum, rotation, clinical, independent study, study away, mentoring, advising, proctoring and the like that occurs on-ground and/or face-to-face.

USF has authorization for the online degree programs listed below in the following states:

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

 Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online programs:

  • Master in Legal Studies in Taxation (Online)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
  • Master in Public Administration (Online)
  • Master in Public Health (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)
  • LLM in Taxation (Online)
  • Doctor in Nursing Practice (Hybrid)

Accepting applications for enrollment in the following online program:

  • Master of Arts in Public Leadership (Hybrid)

All Online Programs Enroll Residents from the Following States:

USF is accepting applications for enrollment into ALL online degree programs from residents in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Washington

State Authorization Notes: University of San Francisco is authorized by the Student Achievement Council (WSCUC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes University of San Francisco to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

The University of San Francisco is authorized by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for DNP and MSN Programs. For more information, go to http://www.doh.wa.gov/licensespermitsandcertificates/nursingcommission/n...

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