New Degrees (2-Year Process)
Proposals for new programs can take up to 2 years to implement. (1) First a New Degree Statement of Intent (Pre-Proposal) must be approved by the Deans/Provost, and subsequently the CSU Board of Trustees to be included on the Academic Master Plan and (2) the full degree program proposals must be approved by the campus and the Chancellor's Office.
If you would like to propose a new degree effective Fall 2022, the Statement of Intent for the new degree must be submitted by the department chair no later than November 1, 2020, and the full degree proposal must receive campus approval no later than August 1, 2021 in order to have enough time to be considered for Chancellor's Office approval before the CalState Apply system opens for Fall 2022 applications on October 1, 2021. After Chancellor's Office approval, Admissions will need at least three to five business days lead time to enter the program into PeopleSoft and CalState Apply. Ideally, the new degree should be approved by the campus by the end of Spring 2021 term in order to be effective Fall 2022.
- Step 1: As soon as you know your department is considering proposing a new degree, please email the Curriculum Office to discuss proposal process and timelines. This is important to determine if your
proposal qualifies for a fast track or pilot process. It is also important to have
ongoing conversations with appropriate administrators, such as the college dean and
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education or Dean of Graduate Studies.
- Step 2: New Degree Statement of Intent (or Pre-Proposal)
- The statement of intent, or pre-proposal, for proposing new degree programs must be submitted by any department working on a new degree proposal for review and consideration by the deans and the Provost.
- Once approved, the proposed degree is submitted to the CSU Academic Master Plan for
approval by Board of Trustees and to SJSU's accrediting bodyWSCUC for substantive
Proposal Submission: Complete the Curriculog New Degree Statement of Intent form (instructions linked).
Deadline: Complete this by November 1 or May 1 of Year 1.
- Step 3: Full Degree Program Proposal
- Complete the Program Proposal Template and Tips 2018 [docx]
- Complete an advising roadmap: Undergraduate 2-Year [pdf] and 4-Year [pdf] Templates
- Complete the Assessment Plan Template [docx]
- Complete the Curriculum Map Sample Template [docx]
- Complete the Budget Template only if proposing a Special Session program.
- For reference,
- CSU Degree Proposal and Approval Process Flowchart [pdf]
- Degree Proposal Review Criteria [pdf]
- Faculty Proposal Checklist [docx]
- Guidance for Proposing ITEP Programs [pdf]
- Trustee Policies on Academic Program Planning [pdf]
- Current CSU Academic Master Plan: Campus Academic Plans
- CSU Degrees Search
- What is a CIP or CSU Degree Code?
- Proposal Submission: Once your proposal is complete, upload the Full Degree Program Proposal to a New Program
Proposal in Curriculog (instructions linked).
- Deadline: Complete this by October 1 of Year 2. Please note that fall term admissions opens
October 1 of the year prior the program is effective. In order for your new degree
to appear in CalState Apply, it must be approved by the Chancellor's Office BEFORE
October 1 of the year prior the program is effective.
- Step 4: Approval of New Degree
- When your new degree program has been approved, you will receive a notification from the appropriate administrator in the College of Graduate Studies or the Undergraduate Education Office.
- The Curriculum Office will contact you to review and finalize your final catalog copy and any other necessary steps to implement the program.
- When the program is approved, the Curriculum Office will create an Academic Plan in PeopleSoft and work with the appropriate campus Admissions offices to include the program in CalState Apply.
- Please do not hesitate to contact the Curriculum Office for any questions or updates on the process as the program is implemented.