Private Postsecondary

Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) Forms and Procedures, In-State 

New Applications for In-State Institutions 

Oregon statute requires degree-granting institutions to obtain ODA approval prior to offering degree programs in Oregon or to students in Oregon from outside the state. 

For Oregon-based institutions applying for approval to offer degrees at a campus in Oregon the following steps are required:

General In-State Application Form

Specific In-State Program Application Form​​​

Supplemental materials​

Complete your application by including all of the supporting documents requested in the application forms:

  • Faculty and administrative qualifications form.
  • Biographical information for members of the board of directors.
  • Facilities maps
  • Insurance and financial documents
  • Excerpts from student and faculty policies and handbooks
  • Copy of the most current catalog  

ODA staff will contact the institution if further information is required to process the application.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. No application will be reviewed prior to payment of the invoiced fees. Please note that a separate specific program application form and fee must be submitted for each degree and certificate program that is offered. 

For schools offering degree programs with concentrations or specializations, a separate program application and fee will be required for each of these individually identified areas of study. Applications will not be processed if all concentrations offered by the school (whether online or on-campus) are not submitted for initial review. 

ODA will determine the extent of review required for subsequent re-authorization of existing programs based on current policy. 

Upon receipt of the application, ODA will send an invoice for the appropriate fees for review of each specific program application and authorization for a two-year period. Please allow six months for review and processing of your authorization to offer degree programs in Oregon. A site visit will be required prior to approval, or in the case of a new school, within the first three months of operation. 

Renewals for In-State Institutions

The application forms are the same for new or renewal applications for Oregon-based institutions. 

Faculty Reviews

Faculty Review Form: Qualifications of Teaching Staff

Administrator Reviews

Administrator Qualifications: Administrator Qualification Form​​​

Surety Bonds and Letters of Credit

Oregon Statute requires degree-granting institutions oper​ating in or from Oregon to submit a Surety Bond or Letter of Credit (LOC). This requirement applies to institutions regulated by the Office of Degree Authorization. See the procedures below.

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