State Authorization for Distance Education

United is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which benefits students by expanding approval of distance educational offerings across the states. This agreement helps students in SARA states address and resolve any complaints. To see the other benefits go to the NC-SARA website. All US states and territories are currently members of SARA except for California, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.

United offers online ministry degree programs in every US state and has either been exempt, approved or is working to obtain SARA approval in these other regions. Contact our Office of Admissions for information on becoming an online student.

Federal and state regulations require that all institutions of higher education comply with existing state laws regarding distance learning. As these regulations are continuously evolving, United Theological Seminary makes every effort to maintain compliance. As a condition of United’s authority to offer its programs to state residents, several postsecondary education agencies require the publication of certain consumer information.


States that require contact or complaint information include:

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505

Kierke Kussart, Program Coordinator for Institutional Authorization
Phone: (907) 465-6741


Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Certification*
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-4475
*Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.


State of Georgia
Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305
Phone: (770) 414-3300
Residents of Georgia who have serious concerns should follow the Complaint Process


Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
Phone: (614) 466-6000
Authorization: continues through December 31, 2017
For information about the complaint process at United Theological Seminary, please refer to page 30-31 of the Student Handbook.


State of New Mexico
2044 Galisteo Street
Suite 4
Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100
Phone: (505) 476-8442 or (505) 476-8416
Residents of New Mexico who have serious concerns should follow the Complaint Process


University of North Carolina*
* Degree program(s) of study offered by United Theological Seminary have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes (G.S.) 116-15(d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.


South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Academic Affairs
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-2260
Residents of South Carolina who have serious concerns should follow the Complaint Process

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