State Authorizations

Piedmont International University offers distance education in accordance with the regulations of the United States Department of Education and the regulations of each state or territory. Additional approvals and exemptions are an ongoing process. Some state authorization processes limit our ability to offer distance courses (online) to residents of those states. Please look below to see the current status of your state. Students coming to take classes on campus may come from any state. If you have additional questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 336-725-8344.


Alabama Commission on Higher Education has approved Piedmont International University to offer the following online programs in Alabama:


Undergraduate Degree Programs                                             Graduate Degree Programs

Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry                                             Master of Education

Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education                               Master of Arts in Ministry

Associate of Arts in Bible                                                                  Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry                                             Master of Arts in Leadership

Bachelor of Arts in Bible                                                                  Master of Divinity

Bachelor of Science in Sign Language Interpreting                         Doctor of Ministry                                           

                                                                                                          Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership


Certificate Programs

Certificate in Biblical Studies


State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate.  Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate in through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach.  Current requirements may be found at



Piedmont International University is not currently accepting new students from the state of Georgia.



Piedmont International University is approved to offer online courses to Maryland residents. Based on our current status, Piedmont is permitted to enroll students in these distance programs:

  • Certificate in Biblical Studies

  • AA Bible

  • AA Christian Ministries

  • AA Early Childhood Education

  • BA Bible – Selected Minor

  • BA Christian Ministries

  • Master Arts in Ministry

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

  • Master of Education

  • MA in Leadership

  • PhD in Leadership

  • Master of Divinity

  • Doctor of Ministry

Students may register student complaints following the Student Complaint Policy available in the Student Handbook (Undergraduate or Graduate) which is available online, or in print from the office of the Director of Student Development. In addition, the institution is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General or the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Complaints should be directed to the following:

Maryland Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-528- 8662/888/743/0823

Piedmont International University does not offer distance education in the state of Minnesota.

North Carolina
Piedmont International University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and operates both campus and online programs as an exempt institution.

Degree Programs of study offered by Piedmont International University have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure with respect to religious education under provisions of North Carolina General Statues (G. S.) 116-15(c). Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.

Piedmont International University is currently approved or exempt in the following states:

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Delaware

  • Florida

  • Idaho

  • Indiana

  • Louisiana

  • Mississippi

  • New Hampshire

  • New York

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

Piedmont International University is currently exploring the process of authorization or exemption in the following states or territories:

  • American Samoa

  • Arkansas

  • Connecticut

  • District of Columbia

  • Federated Micronesia

  • Hawaii

  • Illinois

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Maine

  • Marshall Islands

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Palau

  • Pennsylvania

  • Puerto Rico

  • South Dakota

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Vermont

  • Washington

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming