According to the U.S. Department of Education, an institution of higher education must be authorized to operate in each state in which it wants to recruit and enroll students. Every state sets its own requirements for authorization, and each school offering online courses or programs must ensure that it has followed the steps necessary in each state. Many states have joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Minnesota is a SARA state, and the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is an approved SARA school. As a result of SARA and work with individual states, the graduate school is authorized to offer online courses in each state. However, when it comes to state authorization, internships are treated differently than academic courses. There is currently one state, Massachusetts, in which students can take academic courses, but cannot complete internships. Students in Massachusetts need to recognize that they are currently unable to complete internships as part of our degree programs, even if that internship was in another state. Students who are residents of these states need to recognize that they are currently unable to complete internships as part of our degree programs, even if that internship was in another state. This limitation applies to our online Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders degree students who anticipate pursuing licensure upon completion of the degree and for whom internships would therefore be a requirement. It also applies to Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice students who are thinking about moving when their on-campus requirements are done and who also have an internship to complete. For more information, contact the Admissions and Recruitment Specialist.