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-By-Step Process

  • 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 change screening.


    • 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
  • 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.  

More CSU Resources for New Degree Programs