Academic Program Approval: Independent and Out-Of-State Institutions
The Board of Higher Education serves a role of consumer protection and licensing for the approval of academic programs as independent institutions. The Board of Higher Education's authority and procedures apply to institutions of higher education chartered after 1943 and/or institutions that changed their charters after 1943.
Independent institutions of higher education are not licensed by the Board; rather they are granted the authority to award degrees in accordance with the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.
Academic program approval for public institutions
Independent and out-of-state institutions under Board of Higher Education purview
610CMR: 2:00 Degree-Granting Regulations for Independent Institutions of Higher Education (.PDF)