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Establishing a new graduate degree

The approval process for establishing a new graduate degree program is guided by the policy and procedures of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), the University, Graduate College, as well as the processes that govern faculty governance at unit and school/college/institute levels.

Step 1: Preapproval
Include the proposed graduate degree in the academic plan of your college, school or institute. These academic plans must be submitted by your dean’s office by the published deadlines. Please review the Academic Strategic Plan Cycle.

Step 2: Develop
Develop a full proposal for establishing a new master's or a doctoral degree.

The Provost’s office reviews college academic plans, and the University Academic Plan is submitted to ABOR for final approval typically by early spring semester of each academic year. Once your dean’s office is notified of the approval of your proposed program as part of the University Academic Plan, your full proposal must go through internal unit, college/school/institute and university approvals. 

Step 3: Complete all necessary approvals
Complete your approvals within your unit, college/school/institute and have your dean’s office submit the final proposal as well as all supporting documents to curriculumplanning@asu.edu by the published deadlines for further university approvals.

Step 4: University Graduate Council, CAPC, University Senate and Provosts’ approval
The Provost’s office will send the final approval memo and operational parameters to your dean once the proposed program is approved. No new degree program can be implemented until the final approval comes from the Provost’s office.