The University offers a joint degree program in collaboration with another educational institution. On completion of the programs, the students are typically awarded separate degrees by the two institutions. However, with the approval of the Trustees of the University, they can receive one degree awarded jointly by both institutions.
Every new joint degree program requires the approval of the school in which the students will study at Columbia and the partner institution, and several central University approvals, including the University Senate if the Columbia degree is at the post-baccalaureate level. The proposal also requires the approval of the University Trustees if the school has not already been authorized to award the Columbia degree the students will receive.
Once the proposal has the necessary University approvals, it must be registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and may also need the approval of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education if its creation alters the University's accredited status.
To request approval of a new joint degree program, its sponsors should complete a New Program Proposal Application for APAS which provides the information needed for the internal University reviews. Applications for new programs are processed through the Academic Program Approval System (APAS). Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs (OVPAP) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 854-2691 for access to APAS. Before entering a new program into APAS, schools should complete the New Program Proposal Pre-APAS Worksheet.
The NYSED forms may vary depending on the subject matter of the new program. Schools should consult OVPAP on the appropriate NYSED forms to use before they begin filling them out.
Every proposal for a new joint degree program goes through at least four reviews and as many as seven.