University Approvals

Once a new joint degree program has been approved by the Columbia school that will offer it and by its partner institution, the Columbia school submits the New Program Proposal Application for APAS. A copy of the agreement describing the arrangements the School and its partner have agreed upon for the support of the program should accompany the proposal.  The agreement can only be signed on behalf of Columbia by the Provost of the University. Both the proposal and the agreement should be submitted to APAS (Academic Program Approval System). For access to APAS, please contact 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 Proposal for New Program. The school may prepare the state application while the proposal is under review within the University.

The Vice Provost evaluates proposals for new joint 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 joint 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.