State Authorization Information

SLIS Online Programs - State Authorization

The Simmons School of Library and Information Science will continue to monitor developments in state laws in each state in which we enroll students and, if authorization or licensure is or becomes necessary, will obtain such additional approvals.

For the Library and Information Science online master's degree program, the Simmons School of Library and Information Science is currently authorized to operate, is exempt, or not subject to approval in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota*
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington*
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

If you have any questions, please contact SLIS Admission at (617) 521-2868, or


Simmons College is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Registration does not mean that credits earned at the institution can be transferred to all other institutions.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education 
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227

Washington State

Simmons College is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Simmons College to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.