Academic Program Approval
New Academic Major and Minor Programs
Approval of new academic major and minor programs requires both campus and ABOR approval. Curricular Affairs works with academic units to assist them through the approval process. Completion of the entire approval process may require four months to a year. Departments are encouraged to meet with Pam Coonan, Executive Director of Academic and Curricular Affairs, in their initial stages of undergraduate program proposal development and with both Pam and Janet Sturman, Associate Dean of the Graduate College, in their initial stages of graduate program proposal development.
An undergraduate certificate is a programmatic or topically-linked series of courses, either from a single field or across disciplinary boundaries. The certificate provides a focused, structured and deeply interrelated set of courses that can be used to enhance the undergraduate experience in areas of deep disciplinary, interdisciplinary, regional or global interest, or which may be targeted toward a defined professional development need.
Graduate Certificates are specialized sets of courses and/or curriculum consisting of a minimum of 9 credits. Certificates should enhance existing programs, not take the place of them. Sufficient resources must exist to support the certificate without penalizing existing academic programs including options and minors.
Accelerated Master’s Program
Accelerated Master’s Programs (AMPs) offer exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as few as five years. AMPs are for top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Graduate UA Dual Degrees
Graduate UA Dual Degrees result in the awarding of two degrees by the UA. There is some overlap of course work so that the total number of units required and the time required to complete the two degrees is reduced.
Graduate UA-Partner Institution Dual Degrees
A dual degrees agreement is a binding, legal contract formalizing the terms of collaboration between the UA and the partner institution. The partner institutions involved review each other’s curriculum in the desired degree program and determine an appropriate plan of study that involves taking coursework at both institutions.
Approval of curricular updates including academic program modifications and disestablishment require Curricular Affairs approval. Some modifications also require additional on-campus and ABOR approvals. For more information on the curricular update process, please consult our Business Process Guide (BPG). The BPG contains links to the approval forms.