State Authorization

The University of New Mexico is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), which allows it to offer online and distance education to students in other participating SARA states and territories. In addition, UNM is working to ensure its online programs are approved in states and territories that do not yet participate in SARA. 

International Enrollments

The University of New Mexico is proud to offer global access to its online degree programs. While we carefully track issues related to international authorization and licensure, it is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements for whether an online degree will be recognized in the student’s country of residence and/or any country in which the student intends to work; how the collection of student data may be used in that country; and whether there are any tax implications in addition to the price of tuition.

Several countries will not formally recognize foreign online degrees, which may have implications for students who later seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment with that country’s government or employers requiring specific credentials. International students considering an academic program that leads to a professional license should first confirm with the appropriate professional licensing board in their country of residence or the country in which they intend to work as to whether an online degree from UNM is recognized when seeking licensure or certification. Please see our International Students page for more information.

Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

The University of New Mexico is working toward confirming the authorization of its professional programs in all states and territories. The information related to professional licensure disclosures is located here.

If you need assistance finding information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact us at saracompliance@unm.edu