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Academic Programs
and Institutional Approvals

The Division of Program Review and Compliance, within MHEC, is responsible for establishing minimum requirements for issuing certificates, diplomas, and degrees by public and nonpublic institutions of postsecondary education in the State of Maryland in accordance with State regulations COMAR 13B.02.03.  It is also responsible for approving institutions wishing to operate and offer degrees and/or certificates within the State of Maryland. 

The State of Maryland 2015 General Assembly passed legislation that permits the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to establish regulations for the State to participate in the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). On January 1, 2016 Maryland joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  MHEC serves as the portal agency for Maryland.  For additional information on how this may impact your operations in Maryland visit our SARA webpage.

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