State Authorization and Registration
Authorization requirements for distance education vary by state. Wilkes University is currently in the process of pursuing individual state authorizations and approvals, as necessary, for its online course delivery. Wilkes is not required to have state authorization in all 50 states and may choose not to enroll students from states where we are not authorized. Any questions related to the university's approval to offer graduate education programs in a specific state should be forwarded to our Graduate Admissions team. Please note: Since distance education requirements vary by state, distance education students who change their residency to a state in which Wilkes University is not approved to operate may be unable to remain enrolled at Wilkes University or may have their academic progression delayed until proper approvals may be obtained.
The programs within the Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing and School of Education are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 because the program is online or distance delivered and does not have a physical presence in the state.
Wilkes University is licensed to operate in the state of Arizona by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.
Wilkes University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to enroll Maryland residents in the fully online distance education programs registered on the MHEC website. The Commission’s registration of Wilkes University’s fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the University's programs. Maryland residents should inquire with the appropriate program director or graduate admissions office for more information on registered programs.
The online graduate programs within the Wilkes University School of Education or Passan School of Nursing with on-ground experiences that are available to Ohio residents are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents. Additional online graduate programs that do not have on-ground experiences are exempt from authorization by the Ohio Board of Regents.