New Degree Programs

Welcome to the new degree program proposal section of the Academic Affairs website. The information on this site is provided to assist campuses with the initial step of determining the feasibility of launching and sustaining a new degree program, and to provide guidance for making a strong academic case and a business case for a program that shows promise of success. It will also assist with the addition of Certificate Programs as well as changes to existing programs.

We want to help you be successful in writing your proposals and have designed the process to clarify the expectations of the Board of Curators and the Coordinating Board of Higher Education. In the current tight economic climate, the Board of Curators is particularly cautious about approving new degrees, and expects campuses to present convincing arguments for introducing new programs. To assist you in obtaining approval for a new degree, we have provided instructions on this site to guide you in preparing a proposal that will help you establish a strong academic case for your program and demonstrate that the program is economically sustainable.

Proposing a New Degree Program

  1. To propose a degree program, you'll first need to submit a preliminary proposal. The provost's office on each campus required this brief preliminary proposal to document substantive interest and a solid rationale for a proposed degree. The preliminary proposal should make academic and business cases for the degree program and identify the necessary resources to build and sustain the program. Use the preliminary proposal template to help draft your document.
  2. Complete a new degree program proposal to submit to the office of the provost to follow your preliminary proposal and make a strong argument for establishing the proposed program. This additional proposal will help facilitate the review and approval process. Use the new degree program proposal for detailed instructions on meeting the required proposal components for this step.
  3. Submit a financial projection. This document should be reviewed and approve by the chief financial officer of the campus that is proposing the new program. Please note, we are currently updating this template.


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Proposing a New Certificate Program or Changing an Existing Degree Program

  1. Directly access the to MDHE's website and their forms for new programs, certificates and changes, and complete and submit the appropriate form for your goal. Please note: During this transition time, MDHE is collecting feedback from various institutions and will continue to make changes to the forms, so it is wise to check back often to make sure the document you're using the the most up-to-date available.
  2. For optimal results, we advise you to coordinate closely with your department, your provost’s office and the UM System Office of Academic Affairs.


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Other Useful Resources

  • On August 17, the Office of Academic Affairs held a webinar outlining the campus-system-MDHE process. Access the slides from the webinar for additional information.
  • You may also choose to watch the recorded webinar below:

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Reviewed 2019-03-06.