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 web-based system summarizes the processes by which new programs are established and existing programs are modified.  You may find the appropriate procedures for each by clicking on the menu to the left. It also connects you to a page with helpful reminders on essential steps in those processes.

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.  

Further information may be obtained by contacting Melissa Begg, Vice Provost for Academic Programs at mdb3@columbia.edu or 212-854-2691.