Accreditation and Authorization
Middle Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Middle Tennessee State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).
MTSU has been accredited since 1928; SACSCOC last reaffirmed the University’s accreditation in 2016. The next decennial reaffirmation of accreditation will take place in 2026.
NC-SARA (State Authorization)
The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a nonprofit organization that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs. MTSU is a participant under the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and is authorized to offer online courses and programs to any other SARA state members.
Out-of-State Students Interested in an Online Degree from Middle Tennessee State University
State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Below is a list of states in which Middle Tennessee State University is authorized to offer online degrees. Individuals from states not listed below are unable to enroll in MTSU online programs.
The following information will assist you in navigating resources for resolving any complaints or concerns you may have about how your MTSU academic online program is administered.
- Please contact the MTSU Distance Education Student Services office at email@example.com or 615-898-5060.
- Contact information for MTSU's accrediting agency (SACSCOC).
- Other consumer information.
- For concerns that cannot be resolved internally with MTSU, students may file a complaint with the appropriate agency within their current state of residence.
- Specific questions about MTSU State Authorization of Distance Education can be directed to: Distance Education Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-898-5060.
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