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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 Planning Cycle. Notification of academic plan approval will be sent directly to the unit by the Provost’s office.

Step 2: Develop 
Develop a full proposal for establishing a new master's or a doctoral degree using the following templates:

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

Step 4: University Graduate Council, CAPC, University Senate and Provost’s approval
The above offices constitute all approvals at the university level. The Graduate College 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