State Authorization

What Is State Authorization?

Mercer University is required to obtain authorization from state regulatory agencies in order to offer distance degree programs and courses to out-of-state residents. Distance education is an important component to the University, so we've worked diligently to meet these requirements.  To that end, Mercer has received waivers, exemptions, and authorizations from many states.

Participation in a regional or national reciprocity agreement is another mechanism by which universities can offer distance programs and courses to out-of-state residents. Mercer participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) Electronic Campus, which allows the University to offer courses and degree programs to students throughout the nation. Note that in certain states students are only allowed to enroll in courses and programs approved by the Electronic Campus.  

Current Authorizations

Check below to see if Mercer can offer distance learning programs and courses to residents of your state. Note that if you move to a state where Mercer is not authorized prior to enrollment or while enrolled, you will no longer be able to continue in that distance learning program.

If you have questions about state authorization, please contact Ellen Byron at 478-301-2450.

Alabama

Alabama participates in NC-SARA . Alabama residents can enroll in distance learning degree programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Alaska

Alaska participates in NC-SARA . Alaska residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Arizona

Arizona participates in NC-SARA . Arizona residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Arkansas

Arkansas participates in NC-SARA . Arkansas residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

California

California does not currently participate in NC-SARA , but California residents can enroll in distance learning courses and programs at Mercer. Mercer is not required to seek authorization because we do not have a physical presence in California.

For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Colorado

 Colorado participates in NC-SARA . Colorado residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Connecticut

Connecticut participates in NC-SARA. Connecticut residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Delaware

Delaware participates in NC-SARA . Delaware residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia participates in NC-SARA . DC residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Florida

Florida is a member of the SREB. Florida residents can enroll in Mercer programs and courses listed through the SREB Electronic Campus. Additionally, Florida has communicated that Mercer does not create a physical presence, thus does not need to seek full authorization for courses and programs outside those offerered through the Electronic Campus .

For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Georgia

Mercer receives an annual exemption from seeking authorization in Georgia. 

Hawaii

Hawaii participates in NC-SARA . Hawaii residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Idaho

Idaho participates in NC-SARA . Idaho residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Illinois

Illinois participates in NC-SARA . Illinois residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Indiana

Indiana participates in NC-SARA . Indiana residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Iowa

Iowa participates in NC-SARA . Iowa residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Kansas

Kansas participates in NC-SARA . Kansas residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Kentucky

AKentucky will start participating in NC-SARA on December 1, 2016. At that time Kentucky residents will be able to  enroll in all distance learning degree programs and courses offered by Mercer University (currently KY residents are restricted to Mercer programs and courses listed through the SREB Electronic Campus).

For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Louisiana

Louisiana participates in NC-SARA . Louisiana residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Maine

Maine participates in NC-SARA . Maine residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Maryland

 Maryland participates in NC-SARA . Maryland residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts does not currently participate in NC-SARA, but Massuchusetts residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University because we do not have a physical presence in the state.

Note: Students residing in this state cannot participate in an internship, externship, clinical practicum or other field experience.

For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Michigan

Michigan participates in NC-SARA . Michigan residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Minnesota

Minnesota participates in NC-SARA . Minnesota residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Mississippi

Mississippi participates in NC-SARA . Mississippi residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Missouri

Missouri participates in NC-SARA . Missouri residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Montana

Montana participates in NC-SARA . Montana residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Nebraska

Nebraska participates in NC-SARA . Nebraska residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Nevada

Nevada participates in NC-SARA . Nevada residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire participates in NC-SARA . New Hampshire residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

New Jersey

New Jersey participates in NC-SARA. New Jersey residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

New Mexico

New Mexico participates in NC-SARA . New Mexico residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

New York

New York participates in NC-SARA. New York residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

North Carolina

North Carolina participates in NC-SARA . North Carolina residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

North Dakota

North Dakota participates in NC-SARA . North Dakota residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Ohio

Ohio participates in NC-SARA . Ohio residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma participates in NC-SARA . Oklahoma residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Oregon

Oregon participates in NC-SARA . Oregon residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania does not currently participate in NC-SARA, but Mercer is registered with the state and can offer distance learning programs and courses to Pennsylvania residents. Pennsylvania is slated to join NC-SARA on January 1, 2017.

For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island participates in NC-SARA . Rhode Island residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

South Carolina

South Carolina participates in NC-SARA . South Carolina residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

South Dakota

South Dakota participates in NC-SARA . South Dakota residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Tennessee

Tennessee participates in NC-SARA . Tennessee residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Texas

Texas participates in NC-SARA . Texas residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Utah

Utah participates in NC-SARA. Utah residents can enroll in distance learning courses and programs at Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Vermont

Vermont participates in NC-SARA . Vermont residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Virginia

Virginia participates in NC-SARA . Virginia residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Washington

Washington participates in NC-SARA . Washington residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

West Virginia

West Virginia participates in NC-SARA . West Virginia residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin participates in NC-SARA . Wisconsin residents can enroll in distance learning degree programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

Wyoming

Wyoming participates in NC-SARA . Wyoming residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses offered by Mercer University. For information about programs that lead to licensure, please see the Professional Licensure page.

US Territories and Protectorates

American Samoa - Mercer is not required to seek authorization because it does not have a physical presence in American Samoa. American Samoa residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses at Mercer.

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands - No agency exists in CNMI to address state authorization. Mercer is not currently accepting distance learning students from CNMI.

Federated States of Micronesia - Confirmation that authorization is not required has been sought. Mercer is not currently accepting distance learning students from FSM.

Guam - Mercer is not required to seek authorization because it does not have an "operating presence" in Guam. Guam residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses at Mercer University.

Puerto Rico - Authorization is in process. Mercer is not currently accepting distance learning students from PR.

Republic of Marshall Islands - No agency exists in RMI to address state authorization. Mercer is not currently accepting distance learning students from RMI.

Republic of Palau - No agency exist in RP to address state authorization. Mercer is not currently accepting distance learning students from Palau.

US Virgin Islands - Mercer is waived from seeking authorization in the Virgin Islands. USVI residents can enroll in distance learning programs and courses at Mercer.