State Authorization for Out-of-State Academic Programs

Welcome to the Montana State Authorization website. Click on the links below to learn more about our application process, to view authorized institutions, or to learn more about the MUS complaint process.

Apply for Authorization

The following document explains the requirements for authorizing postsecondary institutions to offer degree programs in the State of Montana:

Authorization Requirements

The following FAQ answers commonly asked questions about Montana state authorization regarding physical presence, fees, annual reporting, business entity triggers, practicums and internships.

Frequently Asked Questions

After reviewing the requirements and policies, fill out the following form and email it to the Montana State Authorization Compliance Agent.

State Authorization Application Form


View Institutions Authorized in Montana

Click here to view the current list of postsecondary institutions authorized to operate programs in Montana.

Click here to review the U.S. Department of Education’s information on diploma mills and their guidance on how to determine if the online institution you are considering enrolling in is a legitimate educational institution.


File a Complaint

Click here to review the Montana University System complaint process, including how to file a complaint for an institution within the MUS system and how to file a complaint for an institution that is not part of the MUS, but is operating in Montana.


Click here to contact the Montana State Authorization Compliance Agent.


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