New York State Registration

Once a proposal for a new bachelor's program has received all of the necessary University approvals, the Vice Provost for Academic Programs submits it to the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Within the NYSED, proposals for new educational programs are reviewed by one of two offices, depending on the fields in which they educate students.  The Office of the Professions is responsible for reviewing programs in most fields in which the State issues licenses. Currently, it approves new programs, with the exception of those leading to the Ph.D., in the following fields in which the University currently educates students:

     Architecture     Accounting     Dental Medicine
     Engineering     Landscape Architecture     Medicine
     Mental Health     Nursing     Nutrition
     Occupational Therapy     Physical Therapy     Social Work

It also evaluates programming in other fields leading to a license.  A complete list of its areas of responsibility is available on-line at www.op.nysed.gov/prof

Programs in other fields and all Ph.D. programs regardless of field are approved by the Office of College and University Evaluation (OCUE).

The Office of the Professions and OCUE each require different forms to establish a new degree or certificate program or to modify an already registered program.  Schools should contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs, at ovpap@columbia.edu or (212) 854-2691 for the appropriate NYSED forms and for guidance on how to complete them.

NYSED can take a year or more to review and approve pograms. Therefore, the earlier a proposal is ready for review, the greater the chances are that it will receive State approval in time to begin advertising/recruiting for the new program on the desired date.