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State Authorizations for Distance Learning

Utica College is required to seek approval to offer distance education (online) programs in most states in the country. As these regulations are continuously evolving, Utica College makes every effort to maintain compliance and is working with each state to gain the appropriate authorization for each of our programs.

Utica College is authorized to operate in all states that participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Approval for institutional participation was granted on January 4th, 2017.

Master of Social Work Licensure

Professional licensure or certification may be required to practice, advance, or specialize in social work. The Utica College Online MSW program is registered in NYS, so it is designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in accordance with New York educational requirements for licensure. The program may also fulfill educational requirements for licensure in other states. View this state/program licensing grid. Students should consult with their state or provincial regulatory board to confirm requirements for licensure in their state and may reach out to the program director with any additional questions. Please note, individual states may require additional non-educational requirements (such as a criminal background check).

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For more information on State Authorizations and licensure, please complete the Request More Information form.