Graduate Program Development

Academic Program Planning and Prioritization Process

Approval to plan a new academic program must be obtained from the Provost. This process must be completed prior to submitting a new academic program for on-campus and system level approval.

Procedure for On-Campus and UNC System Level Approval of New Programs

The development of new Undergraduate, Master’s, Doctoral or First Professional degree programs requires the completion of UNC Regulation 400.1.1[R] Letter of Intent and Request to Establish. A Budget Template must also be completed and attached to the Letter of Intent. To establish a new delivery mode (distance education or new site) for an existing degree program, a Request to Deliver is required.

An On-Campus Routing Form and Signature Page are required for all degree program proposals and changes (including minors and certificates). Attach these documents to the proposal as it routes for approval. The Graduate School must receive the hard copy Signature Page.

There are 4 different On-Campus Routing Forms for the routing of program actions:

  1. Routing for Letters of Intent
  2. Routing for Requests to Establish
  3. Routing for Other Actions that are finished after Graduate School approval (new minor or concentration)
  4. Routing for Other Actions that must route to the UNC System Office (new certificate program, change in certificate/degree program title, program discontinuation, change in CIP code, adding/changing delivery mode)

These flow charts illustrate the process and timeline for UNC System review and approval of program actions.

Planning New Curricula

Master’s Degree Program (including Professional Science Master’s)
Doctoral or First Professional Degree Program
Distance Education Programs: NC State General Procedures
Master’s Distance Education Program
Accelerated Bachelors/Master’s Program
Graduate Certificate Programs
Minor Programs

Course Processing using CIM
Graduate Course Syllabus Checklist
Learning Outcomes Guidelines

Degree Name Changes or Discontinuation

Changing Name or Degree Title
Discontinuing an Existing Program

Required Campus Forms

On-Campus Routing Form
Required for all Graduate Degree and Certificate program actions, including creation of new programs, change in title, or discontinuation of existing program

NC State Signature Page
Required for all Graduate Degree and Certificate program actions.

Other Program Actions

Creating New Concentrations within an Existing Program
Procedures for Changing Non-Thesis Graduate Degree Program Requirements to Option B
Procedure for Changing Existing Curriculum

Procedure for Professional Science Master’s affiliation

Procedure for Establishing a Dual Degree
North Carolina State University works collaboratively with both international and domestic institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for students to pursue dual degree programs. Students complete the requirements for two degrees from two institutions. Each institution is responsible for and will award its own degree. Contact the Graduate School to discuss the development of a dual degree and for assistance with the required forms: Dual Degree Routing Form, and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)*.

*The MOA form should also be used for planning new 3+X and other agreements with other institutions.

Other Links of Interest

University of North Carolina System Academic Planning

Please contact with any questions about program development.