State Authorization & Professional Licensure

State Authorization

Federal and State regulations require that all institutions obtain the necessary authorizations and/or approvals from a state to conduct what are called “educational activities” within the state. All institutions must comply with these regulations to continue to participate in Federal student financial aid programs. Examples of educational activities include, but are not limited to: online courses, internships, and capstone projects. Holding such state authorization would allow Woodbury University and other institutions to conduct these educational activities outside of our home states. Woodbury is physically located in the state of California. Our institution is currently in the process of researching authorization and/or approval requirements for states outside of California.

At this time, Woodbury University is allowed to offer educational activities to students who reside in certain states. Please scroll down to see the list below under “State Authorization Status.” We encourage you to contact the Office of Academic Affairs if you have any questions.


Professional Licensure

There are certain careers or fields that require a professional license or certification in order to practice the profession. Licensure requirements in each field may vary by state. Woodbury University’s professional licensure programs are designed to prepare students for a license in the state of California. For students who wish to practice in a state other than California, you may or may not have additional requirements you must complete prior to applying for your license in your state of choice.


How will I know if the program I’m interested in meets professional licensure requirements in my state?

Licensure requirements vary by state and can often change, so click the program name below to see the states for which Woodbury University meets the educational requirements for the professional licensure program you are interested in. Though there may be states wherein Woodbury University’s licensure programs do not meet or has not yet determined whether our educational requirements meet those in other states, we are committed to (1) helping students explore available options in their academic plan to meet requirements in a different state and (2) guiding current students through the licensure requirements of other states. Therefore, we recommend prospective and current students speak directly with a program advisor for additional information. 

State Authorization Status

map of the united states with states authorized highlighted in purple.

Woodbury University (WU) currently offers one fully online program, Master of Social Justice. At this time, WU is allowed to offer courses to students located in the states listed below. This list is updated on an ongoing basis as we receive the necessary approvals/authorizations from other states.  

No adverse actions have been initiated by the governing state entities or accrediting agencies in these states. 

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
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