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The University of Louisville (UofL) is a nationally-recognized research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. Currently, the university is funded by the state of Kentucky, and has three campuses across the Louisville metro area.

The online “campus” at the University of Louisville offers 40+ programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full time or juggling other life priorities. Earning a degree online enables you to fit education into your busy schedule and help you achieve your personal and professional goals faster. Online programs are available through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, Kent School of Social Work, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

The best part? A degree earned online at UofL is still a UofL degree. The name of the degree and the transcripts will not indicate whether the degree was completed online, on campus or through a combination of both methods.

UofL is proud to serve the active-duty service members and veterans, here at home and abroad. Our institution has received the Military-Friendly designation for ten consecutive years, demonstrating consistent commitment to service members and their transition from military life to student life. Visit our Military Students page to learn more about the special active-duty military tuition rate and other benefits.


UofL Fast Facts (as of Fall 2018)

  • Total enrollment: 22,471
  • Total undergraduate enrollment: 15,834
  • Total number of part-time students: 5,691
  • Programs of study: 266 across 12 colleges and schools
  • Online learning: 40+ programs across 8 colleges and schools
  • Number of students taking at least one online course: 8,746
  • States and territories represented: 53
  • Diversity: 30%
  • Student to faculty ratio: 14 to 1
  • Underrepresented Minority: 24%
  • Kentucky counties represented on campus: 119
  • Location: 3 miles from downtown Louisville
  • More than 148,000 alumni across the world
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        Accreditation

        The University of Louisville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation apply to all programs of the institution, regardless of mode of delivery. For more information about the University of Louisville’s SACSCOC accreditation, see http://louisville.edu/accreditation.

        A requirement for continued accreditation by SACSCOC is that institutions must ensure that their distance and correspondence education courses and programs comply with the Principles of Accreditation. This applies to all educational programs and services, wherever located or however delivered. The university received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2018. The next review will take place in 2027.

        The University of Louisville is in compliance with the SACSCOC Distance and Correspondence Education Policy and adheres to the principles of good practice.

        State Authorization Regulations

        To view the State Authorization status for your state and program of interest, please visit the State Authorization Regulations tab

        Student Complaint Procedure

        Students with complaints or grievances should visit the Student Complaint Procedure page on our site.

        State Authorization Regulations and Program Availability

        Last Updated: April 2, 2020

        The University of Louisville is currently authorized, licensed, registered, certified, exempt or not subject to governance to offer online programs in certain states, depending on the program. To determine whether your program of interest is available in a particular state:

        The University of Louisville is currently authorized, licensed, registered, certified, exempt or not subject to governance to offer online programs in certain states, depending on the program. To determine whether your program of interest is available in a particular state:

        1. Select your program of interest from the list below to verify its authorization status in your state.
        2. If your state is shown, then the program is available in your state.
        3. If your state is underlined, click on the state name to view additional disclosure and status information.
        4. If your state is not listed under the respective program, the program is not available* in that specific state.
        5. If you are located outside of the United States or a territory of the United States, please see the International Enrollments section for more details on the authorization of online programs in countries outside the U.S.

        Important note for professional licensure programs: The fact that a given program may be approved to be offered in your state does not indicate or guarantee your eligibility for professional licensure or certification in that state. If you are interested in pursuing professional licensure in your state, please review the information on the Licensing Disclosures page to determine if your program of interest will meet your state’s requirements for licensure in your field.

        Important note for relocating during the course of a program: Prospective and current students should keep in mind that licensing and authorization requirements vary by state and that relocating during the course of a program to another state could impact whether that student can continue in the course, meet the eligibility requirements of that state, and/or receive financial aid funding. Please contact your program to check for authorization and licensure eligibility requirements if you relocate during the course of a program.

        *The University of Louisville evaluates opportunities for authorization on a continuous basis in states where it is not currently authorized. Due to a number of factors and considerations, UofL cannot guarantee that authorization will be obtained for certain programs in a certain state. Please note if UofL is not authorized in a particular state, you are taking the following risks if you enroll in that program:

        • you may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state
        • you may be ineligible for consumer protection in that state
        • you may be ineligible for financial aid in that state
        • you may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, etc.) in that state. This could impact licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that state.

        Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of the University of Louisville’s programs from an unauthorized state, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue licensing in that field in that state. Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive.


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        State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

        The University of Louisville seeks to deliver all of our online programs in every state. We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are obtained.

        SARA is a voluntary agreement that allows states and institutions to offer distance education in other participating states so long as the institution adheres to certain quality and consumer protection standards. More information on SARA can be found here. Kentucky is a member of SARA and UofL is an approved SARA institution.

        While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. The University of Louisville is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, with the exceptions noted below. It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state.

        Though SARA authorizes the University to offer its programs in member states, it is possible that other state requirements not covered by SARA (such as requirements from state licensing boards) could necessitate the restriction of certain programs in certain states. Please note that should you choose to enroll in a restricted program in a particular state, there may be restrictions that could affect you. Examples could include:

        • you may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state
        • you may be ineligible for consumer protection that state
        • you may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, clerkship, etc.) in that state. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that state.

        Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of the University of Louisville's restricted programs, or if you move during the course of your studies to a state where your program is restricted, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue employment or licensing in that field in that state. Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive. Please verify with your state’s professional licensing board that your plans are not impacted by these risks.

        Student Complaint Procedure

        Students seeking to resolve a complaint regarding their online program should visit our Student Complaint Procedure page.

        International Enrollments

        The University of Louisville works to provide global access to its online degree programs. While we track issues related to international authorization and licensure, it is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements surrounding online degrees in countries outside the United States. UofL Online reviews this information on a case-by-case basis; however, many times the university cannot determine whether online delivery is permitted or whether a program meets international authorization or licensure requirements.

        Each international location has its own laws regarding online education and professional licensure. Some locations have certain requirements that must be met before certain programs may be recognized. Requirements may vary by licensure area or program.

        Please note the following risks and considerations before enrolling in a University of Louisville online program from a country outside the United States:

        • The online degree selected may not be recognized in your country of residence and/or any country in which you intend to work. This may have implications for students who later to seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment requiring specific credentials;
        • How the collection of student data may be used in any such country;
        • Whether you will be ineligible for financial aid from your country’s government;
        • Whether you will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition;
        • Whether you will be able to sit for professional licensure or certification in your country;
        • Whether you will be eligible for consumer protections in your country;
        • Whether you will be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, etc.) in that country. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that country.

        Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of the University of Louisville's programs from a country other than the United States, or if you move to another country during the course of your studies, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue employment or licensing in that field in that country. Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive.

        Students considering a program leading to professional licensure should contact the licensing board in their country of residence or country in which they intend to work to determine whether the program is recognized for licensure or certification. Please verify with your country’s professional licensing board that your plans are not impacted by these risks.

        *Note: Exceptions may apply for students affiliated with the U.S. military and stationed in an international location (e.g. military members, military dependents and spouses, etc).





        Professional Licensure Notifications and Disclosures

        Last Updated: April 2, 2020


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        Are you planning on pursuing professional licensure in your field? If yes, we strongly encourage you to follow the steps below before enrolling in an online program at the University of Louisville:

        1. Determine if your program is available in your state or territory by reviewing the State Authorization Regulations page: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us?tab=state-auth. Students considering an academic program as a pathway to professional licensure or certification in any field should be aware that just because a given program may be approved to be offered in your state does not indicate or guarantee your eligibility for professional licensure or certification in that state.
        2. Carefully review the “General Notification for All Students” section below on this page. This is applicable to all students regardless of your location or program.
        3. Select your program of interest from the list below.
        4. Carefully review the educational prerequisites for your program and intended state/territory of licensure and whether our program meets those requirements for licensure. Use the contact information provided for your state licensing board to clarify or confirm any requirements.
        5. If questions remain after reviewing the information provided below, contact online@louisville.edu and we’ll do our best to connect you with the information you need. Although our team can provide initial guidance, it is ultimately your responsibility to continually check with the state licensing board where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing requirements.
        6. Make sure you understand and consider the implications of the below information prior to enrolling in a program intended to lead to professional licensure.
        7. If you relocate or change programs, review this information again to review the information on your new program or state/territory.
        8. If you are located outside of the United States or a territory of the United States, please see the International Enrollments section for more details on the authorization of online programs in countries outside the U.S.
         

        General Notification for All Students:

        The University of Louisville strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational and other requirements for licensure, before enrolling in the program. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. To inquire as to other requirements, or ask any other questions regarding licensure, please contact the licensing board in your state by clicking on the link to the agency in the disclosures below.

        Change of Requirements

        Please note that licensure requirements are always subject to change. While a program may originally meet the educational requirements for licensure, changes in requirements could impact the program's ability to meet any new educational requirements. Although the University of Louisville will confirm the licensure requirements on a routine basis, we strongly recommend that you inquire with the state/territory board to confirm that you understand and will meet the requirements for licensure before enrolling in your program of choice.

        Impact of Relocating During Program

        Please note that licensing requirements vary by state and relocating could impact whether you will meet eligibility requirements for licensure and/or remain eligible for federal financial aid. Please check with the state/territory licensing board where you desire licensure before relocating to ensure that you will be eligible for licensure or reciprocity. Also, notify your program to check for authorization and licensure eligibility requirements if you relocate during the course of a program.

         


        International Enrollments

        The University of Louisville works to provide global access to its online degree programs. While we track issues related to international authorization and licensure, it is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements surrounding online degrees in countries outside the United States. UofL Online reviews this information on a case-by-case basis; however, many times the university cannot determine whether online delivery is permitted or whether a program meets international authorization or licensure requirements.

        Each international location has its own laws regarding online education and professional licensure. Some locations have certain requirements that must be met before certain programs may be recognized. Requirements may vary by licensure area or program.

        Please note the following risks and considerations before enrolling in a University of Louisville online program from a country outside the United States:


        • The online degree selected may not be recognized in your country of residence and/or any country in which you intend to work. This may have implications for students who later to seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment requiring specific credentials;
        • How the collection of student data may be used in any such country;
        • Whether you will be ineligible for financial aid from your country’s government;
        • Whether you will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition;
        • Whether you will be able to sit for professional licensure or certification in your country;
        • Whether you will be eligible for consumer protections in your country;
        • Whether you will be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, etc.) in that country. This could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet particular requirements in that country.

        Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of the University of Louisville's programs from a country other than the United States, or if you move to another country during the course of your studies, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete that program or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue employment or licensing in that field in that country. Please note that the risks listed above are not exhaustive.

        Students considering a program leading to professional licensure should contact the licensing board in their country of residence or country in which they intend to work to determine whether the program is recognized for licensure or certification. Please verify with your country’s professional licensing board that your plans are not impacted by these risks.

        *Note: Exceptions may apply for students affiliated with the U.S. military and stationed in an international location (e.g. military members, military dependents and spouses, etc).

        Student Complaint Procedure

        Students seeking to resolve a complaint regarding their online program should visit our Student Complaint Procedure page.


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        Online Competency-Based Degree

        • Healthcare Leadership (track within Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning)
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           

        Online Master's Degrees

        • Master of Science in Biostatistics
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Business Administration
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
          • In order to qualify for examination and licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE), U.S. states, territories, jurisdictions or locations require a bachelor’s degree, a minimum number of years of professional work experience, and passage of the examination requirements, amongst other personal requirements (including, but not limited to, background checks).

            The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) is intended exclusively for professionals with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Therefore, students admitted to the MSCE program will have met the educational requirements for examination and licensure by virtue of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Completion of the master’s degree may allow students to offset some of the years of professional experience required for examination or licensure.

            If you are interested in pursuing licensure as a Professional Engineer, the University of Louisville strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational and other requirements for licensure before enrolling in the program. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. Contact information for your licensing board can be found here: http://ncees.org/licensing-boards
           
        • Master of Science in Computer Science
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Engineering in Engineering Management
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Science in Health Administration
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Science in Health Data Analytics
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration
          • The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration program provides a foundation of knowledge to prepare students to work in staff or administration roles at colleges or universities. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a teacher or teacher administrator in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.

            If interested in such licensure, the University of Louisville strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational and other requirements for licensure before enrolling in the program. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. Contact information for your licensing board can be found here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html
           
        • Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development
          • The Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development (HROD) program is officially recognized as fully aligned with SHRM guidelines and standards. SHRM alignment ensures that the HROD program prepares its students within SHRM’s recommended guidelines for Human Resource education at the graduate level.

            Graduating HROD students who qualify are eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. To qualify, students must be in their final semester of coursework from a SHRM aligned program (MSHROD), be in good standing for graduation, and have a minimum of 500-direct hours of hands on, real world HR experience. If interested in such certification, the University of Louisville strongly recommends that you review the qualification requirements before enrolling in the program. For such information, please visit: https://www.shrm.org/certification
           
        • Master of Science in Materials and Energy Science & Engineering
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Science in Social Work
           
        • Master of Education in Special Education
           
        • Master of Science in Sport Administration
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
           
        • Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education, Concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities P-12 (Alternative Certification)
           

        Online Certificates

        • Certificate in Accounting
           
        • Certificate in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Certificate in Applied Geospatial Technologies
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Graduate Certificate in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
           
        • Certificate in Biostatistics
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Graduate Certificate in Data Science
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Distilled Spirits Business Certificate
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Franchise Management Certificate
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Certificate in Human Resource Leadership
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Certificate in Managerial Analytics
          • This program is not intended to meet any professional licensure requirements in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.
           
        • Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education
          • The Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change in Higher Education designed to prepare postsecondary staff, instructors and faculty members for professional practice related to understanding and managing organizational change within their institutions. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a teacher or teacher administrator in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location.

            If interested in such licensure, the University of Louisville strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational and other requirements for licensure before enrolling in the program. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. Contact information for your licensing board can be found here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html
           
        • Graduate Certificate in Structural Engineering
          • In order to qualify for examination and licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE), U.S. states, territories, jurisdictions or locations require a bachelor’s degree, a minimum number of years of professional work experience, and passage of the examination requirements, amongst other personal requirements (including, but not limited to, background checks). The Graduate Certificate in Structural Engineering is intended exclusively for professionals with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

            The Graduate Certificate in Structural Engineering is intended exclusively for professionals with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Therefore, students admitted to the program will have met the educational requirements for examination and licensure by virtue of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Structural Engineering program may allow students to offset some of the years of professional experience required for examination or licensure.

            If you are interested in pursuing licensure as a Professional Engineer or Structural Engineer, the University of Louisville strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational and other requirements for licensure before enrolling in the program. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. Contact information for your licensing board can be found here: http://ncees.org/licensing-boards
           
        • Certificate in Teaching English as an International Language
          • The University of Louisville’s online graduate certificate in Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL) is designed for bachelor’s degree holders who do not have a background in education but want to teach English language learners abroad and in other scenarios where a teaching license is not required. The graduate certificate in Teaching English as an International Language online program does not lead to any type of professional certification or licensure in any U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction or location. If you are a Kentucky-certified teacher and are interested in teaching English Language Learners, please review the information on the University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) online endorsement program. If you are out-of-state and interested in pursuing licensure in your state, please contact your licensing board by clicking on the link to the agency at the following site: https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html
           
        • Graduate Certificate in Transportation Engineering
          • In order to qualify for examination and licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE), U.S. states, territories, jurisdictions or locations require a bachelor’s degree, a minimum number of years of professional work experience, and passage of the examination requirements, amongst other personal requirements (including, but not limited to, background checks).

            The Graduate Certificate in Transportation Engineering is intended exclusively for professionals with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Therefore, students admitted to the program will have met the educational requirements for examination and licensure by virtue of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Transportation Engineering program may allow students to offset some of the years of professional experience required for examination or licensure.

            If you are interested in pursuing licensure as a Professional Engineer, the University of Louisville strongly recommends that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational and other requirements for licensure before enrolling in the program. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations or experience, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, reference checks, fingerprint submissions, etc. Contact information your licensing board can be found here: http://ncees.org/licensing-boards
           

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