Academic Programs and Institutional Approvals

The Department of Collegiate Affairs, 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).

  • Process for Education Institutions seeking an exemption 
    • Religious Institutions​ seeking to be certified by the State of Maryland to offer religious degrees only within the State in accordance with Annotated Code of Maryland Education Article §11–202.1 and​ State regulations COMAR 13B​.02.04. ​​