University Approvals

Once a new dual-degree program has been approved by the two schools that are offering it, the awarding school submits the New Program Proposal Application for APAS. The application should be submitted to APAS (Academic Program Approval System). For access to APAS, please contact ovpap@columbia.edu or 212-854-2691.

The school will also need to complete a state application for the Vice Provost to send to the New York State Education Department (NYSED), but it is not necessary to submit that application at the same time as the New Program Proposal for APAS. The school may prepare the state application while the proposal is under review at the University.

The Vice Provost evaluates proposals for new dual degree programs on behalf of the Provost and forwards them to other officers for the following further reviews:

  • The University Registrar reviews proposals for conformity with University policies and New York State regulations;
  • The Vice President for Information Resources and University Librarian certifies that the University has the information resources to support them; and  
  • The Chief Digital Officer evaluates any proposals involving on-line education.

Once a dual degree proposal has all of the necessary central authorizations and the acceptance of the other schools, the Vice Provost forwards it to the University Senate if either of the degrees the students will earn is at the post-baccalaureate level.  The University Senate does not review dual degree programs in which the students receive two bachelor’s degrees.