How to Propose a New State-Supported Higher Degree

Approval process (following preliminary review by Graduate Division):

Campus (completed before transmission for Systemwide review):

  • Graduate Council (in consultation with Committee on Academic Planning & Resource Allocation)
  • Committee on Budget and Interdepartmental Relations
  • Divisional Council
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty


  • Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs
  • Academic Council
  • UCOP

In addition, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) requires that a new academic program must complete a brief WSCUC program screening form before it is launched. The WSCUC will review the form to determine if the program represents a change significant enough to warrant a lengthier “substantive change review”. Please contact campus Accreditation Liaison Officer, Cindy Bumgarner ( for assistance with the form.