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Online Programs

Graduate Studies and Continuing Education

While courses for our graduate and continuing education programs are offered in the evenings at our Newport campus and Center for Adult Education in Warwick, some degrees and certificates may also be completed entirely online.

The following master's degrees may be completed entirely online:

The following graduate certificates may be completed entirely online:

Interactive Courses

Interactive courses are seven weeks long and have specific start and end dates. Students have the ability to interact and participate in discussions with classmates and faculty. Communication is asynchronous and there is no requirement for members of the class to be online at the same time. This interactive environment enriches course content, provides opportunity for discussion and encourages the exchange of ideas.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses blend classroom and online learning. Because much of the course content and some activities are moved online, the number of class meetings over the course of a term or semester is reduced. It is important to check the schedule of classes for start dates, as some courses begin online before meeting in the classroom, while others have an initial class meeting and then continue online.

State Authorization

Salve Regina is authorized to offer online education under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which covers 54 states and U.S. territories and is administered by four regional education compacts. Salve Regina is a member of the New England Board of Higher Education compact.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an ongoing evaluation process with institutions being reaffirmed by the national council and regional compact annually. The compact requires that Salve Regina initially work directly with students toward resolution of complaints. Should that process not satisfy any request, complaints may be directed to the agencies below as appropriate.

SARA participating states

Complaints should be directed to:
Paula M. Szulc, Ed.D. 
Associate Commissioner for Student Success
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner 
560 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100 
Warwick, RI 02886 
(401) 736-1100  
Rhode Island-SARA website

The process for resolving complaints is set forth by the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner.

Salve Regina is also authorized to provide online education to the following states not under the SARA agreement.


Complaints should be directed to:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 431-6959
(916) 263-1897 (fax)