Policies and Procedures for Creating and Modifying Educational Programs

The University offers educational programs leading to degrees at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels and to three types of non-degree documents: Statutory Certificates, Certificates of Professional Achievement and Statements of Attendance.

Students may not be admitted to a new program until it has received all of the necessary approvals.  Additionally, proposed programs should not be marketed (including websites) until all of the necessary approvals have been obtained.

This website summarizes the processes by which new programs are established and existing programs are modified.  Please note that all program changes, including new program proposals and changes or modifications to existing programs must be processed through the new Academic Program Approval System (APAS).

Once established, new degree and certificate programs are subject to a further review several years after their implementation.  Substantial changes in existing programs also trigger a further review, both within and outside of the University.  The link, "Post-Approval Reviews," takes you to descriptions of both. 

If you would like access to APAS or have further questions on the program approval process, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs at ovpap@columbia.edu or 212-854-2691.