The purpose of this page is to provide a guide for faculty, staff, and administrators who wish to propose new degree programs or centers or change existing ones. The first section focuses on new programs, while the second focuses on programs changes. The third applies to new center proposals.
Requests for new programs, including new degrees, emphasis areas, undergraduate and graduate certificates, and minors must go through a comprehensive review process. All new programs must be reviewed and approved at the department/college level, using appropriate governance mechanisms specific to that unit (e.g., reviews by department and/or college faculty bodies, support of the department chair and dean). At the campus level, all new programs are reviewed and approved by either the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or the Graduate Faculty Senate, before being reviewed and approved by the Provost and the Chancellor. With the exception of minors, all new programs are also reviewed and approved by the UM System and Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), and new undergraduate and graduate degree programs are approved by the Board of Curators. More specific information on requests for each type of new program is provided below:
Any changes to a degree, emphasis, certificate, or minor must be proposed, reviewed and approved. The process of review and approval depends upon the type of change being proposed. Please Note: Any change that involves modifying the title of the program, even a minor wording change (e.g., changing from “studies” to “science”), must be approved at all levels of campus and by MDHE)
Moderate and substantial program change requests should include as much information as possible from the program change form found here. Changes are considered “options” on this form.
Summary of MU approval processes for programs, certificates, emphasis areas, etc. click here
More information about program changes and the process can be found here.
The purpose of this template is to provide faculty, deans, and other administrative leaders a template to use when deciding to propose a new official university center. The creation of such centers is addressed in the MU System Collected Rules and Regulations.
The purpose of this template is to provide deans and other administrative leaders a template to use when deciding to create a new internal institute or center.