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Developing Degree Proposals

Steps for Approval of a New Graduate Degree Proposal

Step One: Development Stage

Please refer to the Provost's website onProposals for Academic Changes

Step Two: Approval Stage

Upon approval of the development stage Department/College may begin developing the full proposal.

New Master's Degree Programs

Departments/College must complete the full request form (required by UT System) and the Certificate Form (required by Coordinating Board).

New Doctoral Degree Programs

Planning Notification

  • Preliminary Authority Requests - When an institution wishes to offer a new degree program that requires approval by the Coordinating Board at one of its quarterly meetings, the institution must provide a planning notification prior to submitting the full degree program proposal. If the degree program is a doctoral or professional program, the UT System requires submission of a Preliminary Authority Request which must be approved by the Board of Regents prior to submission of notification to the Coordinating Board.
  • The planning notification to the Coordinating Board is made in the form of a letter that includes the title, level, CIP code, and brief description of the program, along with the anticipated date of submission of the full proposal. The Coordinating Board requires planning notification for the following types of degree programs:
    • Doctoral and professional programs
    • Engineering programs at any level (baccalaureate, master's, doctoral)

    Planning Notification must be submitted at least one year prior to submission of a proposal to offer the degree if the proposed program would be a program leading to the award of a "professional degree," as defined by Texas Education Code 61.306, including Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Juris Doctor (J.D.), and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.).

Template for Full Proposal

Institutions proposing new doctoral or professional programs should refer to Coordinating Board Rules ยง5.46, Criteria for New Doctoral Programs, and the 18 Characteristics of Texas Public Doctoral Programs.

UT System Board of Regents Meetings

New degree program proposals require Board of Regents approval, proposals must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) at least three and a half months before the Board of Regents meeting. OAA staff will make every effort to review the request in time for the next Board meeting.

Board of Regents Meeting Proposals Due No Later Than
November August 1
February November 1
May February 1
August May 1

Resources for developing new graduate programs

  • Texas CIP Codes: Approved CIP codes and descriptions of unique Texas CIP codes. Includes descriptions of national CIP Codes.

Documenting Workforce Need

National Data Resources

If there are questions about developing a proposal for a new program, please contact The Graduate School.