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State Authorization

Federal and State regulations require that all institutions obtain the necessary authorizations and/or approvals from a state in order to conduct what are called “educational activities” within the state. Examples of educational activities include, but are not limited to: online courses, field placements such as for-credit internships, practicums, and clinical requirements. Holding such state authorization allows Biola University and other institutions to conduct these educational activities outside of our home states. Biola University is physically located in the state of California and welcomes online degree or certificate applications from prospective students who are residents in most states within the United States. However, applications from students physically residing in the following states while completing their online courses cannot be considered at this time: Alabama, Arkansas(refer to All State Listing for specific program exemptions), District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Biola State Authorization Compliance Team is currently in the process of looking into these states in order to find ways to provide students residing there the opportunity to enroll in our Distance Education Programs. Click on the button below to search authorizations/approvals by state or by online degree program. Please contact the Office of the Provost if you have any questions.

View State Authorization All State Listing

Professional Licensure & Certification

Biola University has not determined if our programs provide all the educational requirements necessary for professional licensure or certification in a student’s country or state, outside of California. Students considering a program that leads to a professional license in a state are highly encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing agency and organization(s) in that state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program, and students should also continually monitor changes throughout the program as licensure requirements may change over time.

Biola encourages students to resolve complaints internally. The student may also file a complaint with their respective state of residence. The contact information to file a complaint with individual states can be accessed in “Out of State Student Complaints” under the General section of the Student Complaint Process below.

Professional Licensure Program Information

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Catalog page for Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Degree page for Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

States for which Biola University's Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Multiple Subject Credential

Catalog page for Preliminary Credential (Multiple Subject)
Degree page for Preliminary Credential (Multiple Subject)
Catalog page for Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential (Graduate)
Degree page for Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential (Graduate)

States for which Biola University's Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Single Subject Credential

Catalog page for Preliminary Credential (Single Subject)
Degree page for Preliminary Credential (Single Subject)
Catalog page for Single Subject Preliminary Credential (Graduate)
Degree page for Single Subject Preliminary Credential (Graduate)

States for which Biola University's Single Subject Preliminary Credential program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Single Subject Preliminary Credential program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Single Subject Preliminary Credential program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Multiple Subject Intern Credential

Catalog page for Multiple Subject Intern Credential
Degree page for Multiple Subject Intern Credential

States for which Biola University's Multiple Subject Intern Credential program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Multiple Subject Intern Credential program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Multiple Subject Intern Credential program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Single Subject Intern Credential

Catalog page for Single Subject Intern Credential
Degree page for Single Subject Intern Credential

States for which Biola University's Single Subject Intern Credential program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Single Subject Intern Credential program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Single Subject Intern Credential program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Induction/Clear Credential

Catalog page for Induction/Clear Credential
Degree page for Induction/Clear Credential

States for which Biola University's Induction/Clear Credential program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Induction/Clear Credential Credential program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Induction/Clear Credential Credential program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Child Development Permits

Catalog page for Child Development Permits - Graduate
Catalog page for Child Development Permits - Undergraduate
Degree page for Child Development Permits

States for which Biola University's Child Development Permits program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Child Development Permits program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Child Development Permits program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Special Education Credential (Mild/Moderate)

Catalog page for Special Education, M.S.Sp.Ed. (Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential — Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) - Internship)
Catalog page for Special Education, M.S.Sp.Ed. (Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential — Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) - Student Teaching)
Degree page for Special Education (Mild/Moderate) Credential

States for which Biola University's Special Education Credential (Mild/Moderate) program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Special Education Credential (Mild/Moderate) program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Special Education Credential (Mild/Moderate) program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

Catalog page for M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
Degree page for M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

States for which Biola University's M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

B.S. in Nursing

Catalog page for B.S. in Nursing
Degree page for B.S. in Nursing

States for which Biola University's B.S. in Nursing program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's B.S. in Nursing program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the B.S. in Nursing program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Catalog page for M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree page for M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

States for which Biola University's M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

B.S. in Accounting

Catalog page for B.S. in Accounting
Degree page for B.S. in Accounting

States for which Biola University's B.S. in Accounting program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's B.S. in Accounting program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the B.S. in Accounting program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)

Catalog page for Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)
Degree page for Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)

States for which Biola University's Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) program MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • California

States for which Biola University's Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) program DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • N/A

States for which Biola University HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification: 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Student Complaint Process

The U.S. Department of Education has promulgated regulations to improve the integrity of programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as amended (the “Program Integrity Rule”). The Program Integrity Rule requires, among other things, that each college or university authorized to offer postsecondary education in one or more states ensure access to a complaint process that will permit student consumers to address the following:

  1. Alleged violations of state consumer protection laws that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising;
  2. Alleged violations of state laws of rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary institutions;
  3. Complaints relating to the quality of education or other State or accreditation requirements.

Students who reside in Connecticut and would like to file a complaint may do so in writing or by phone through the Connecticut Office of Higher Education 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 707, Hartford, CT 06103-1841, Phone: 860-947-1800.

Biola University, as an institution authorized to provide postsecondary education in the State of California, is committed to full compliance with the Program Integrity Rule, and provides the following confirmation to all current and prospective students:

Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Please review the University's accreditation status on the WSCUC website.

The university encourages students to work through internal university complaint processes for resolution of complaints. If you believe that the university’s academic appeal procedures have not adequately addressed concerns identified under the Program Integrity Rule, the following links and contact information are provided:

General

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 431-6924 FAX: (916) 263-189

How to file a complaint

Academics

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
See also the Public Comments and Complaints page on the WSCUC website.

Out-of-State Student Complaints

In addition to submitting an unresolved grievance to the WASC Senior College and University Commission, students may also submit their grievances to the state in which they reside by using the links below:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Online

Under section 508 of the ADA, the government requires Biola to provide disabled students with specific accessibility standards for electronic and information technology. As an online Biola student, you will be using Canvas, our online learning environment and management system -- Canvas is section 508 ADA compliant. If you have any specific needs, questions or concerns regarding technology access, please contact Disability Services.