New Master's Degree Programs
Every new master's degree program requires the approval of the School in which it will be offered, the concurrence of the other schools and several central University approvals, including the University Senate. In addition it requires the approval of the University Trustees if it leads to a degree that the School has not already been authorized to award.
Once the proposal has the necessary University approvals, it must be registered by the New York State Department of Education and may 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 master's program, its sponsors should complete the forms, Application for Registration of a New Graduate Program and Proposal for New Degree or Certificate Program. The first of these forms is mandated by the New York State Education Department for new master's programs. While the NYSED has also electronically posted this form on the web, individuals preparing a proposal for a new master's program should only use the version on this web site since it also includes information required for internal University purposes.
Five years after a new program has begun to admit students, the Education Committee of the University Senate conducts a further evaluation to assess its effectiveness in meeting its intended goals. The Vice Provost for Academic Administration informs a program when its review will occur and asks it to complete a questionnaire which is available by downloading the 5-Year Review Questionnaire. The Vice Provost submits the completed questionnaire to a standing 5-year Review Subcommittee of the Education Committee which assesses the program's effectiveness and recommends to the full committee whether the program's approval should be affirmed. The chair of the Education Committee informs the program of the final outcome of its assessment. This review normally represents the last evaluation of a new program. However, a program may need to seek additional approvals if it materially changes its structure or purpose.