New Degree or Major Programs
Academic Affairs Policy Statement No. 1 (PDF)
USG Academic Program Proposal Form
USG Academic Program Proposal Form (PDF)
New Degree or Major Approval Routing - Flow Chart (PDF)
Academic Affairs Policy Statement No. 1
- Academic Affairs Handbook, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia, July 1987.
- Bylaws of the University Council of the University of Georgia, 1988.
- Criteria and Procedures for New Programs, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia, updated January 2013.
- Effective this date and until rescinded, programs of academic work shall not be added to the curriculum of the University of Georgia unless recommended by the University Curriculum Committee in accordance with the Bylaws of the University Council, submitted by the President of the University of Georgia to the Chancellor, and approved by the Board of Regents of the University System. Policy and implementing guidance outlined herein are applicable to all Academic Degree Programs involving 30 hours or more of course work in a field of study. The policy statement may be reproduced for local use. Minor programs (less than 30 hours of course work) and non-degree certificate programs shall be subject to separate policy statements and implementing guidelines. No provisions stated herein are intended to conflict with the Bylaws or the Academic Affairs Handbook.
- A formal proposal is required when academic units contemplate adding a new degree or major program to the curricula of the institution. The procedure to be followed in developing the formal proposal appears in paragraph four of this statement.
Board of Regents' policy states that a baccalaureate degree must contain 120 semester hours (exclusive of physical education activity/basic health or orientation course hours that the institution may require). A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall. All majors must be authorized by the Board of Regents.
Master’s degrees are established at a maximum of 36 semester hours. Generally, master’s degrees at the university require between 30 and 36 hours. In some cases, exceptions may be made regarding the total number of hours required for a new program. Requests for an exception to offer a program with fewer than 30 hours or more than 36 hours will follow the same approval process as the new major proposal, and justification should be provided as part of the proposal.
- Any changes above the 120 degree-credit hour maximum for baccalaureate degree programs must be presented in the form of a request for waiver to degree-credit hour length through the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost with a rationale for such changes and a sketch of the existing and proposed curriculum. The rationale shall include references to external accrediting body requirements that exacerbate the need and requirement to increase credit hours in a program. Likewise, changes above the minimum requirement for master’s degrees must be presented in the form of a request for waiver to degree-credit hour length with a rationale for such changes. Exceptions to degree-credit hour requirements indicated above may be made only with approval of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the USG.
The responsibility for developing a new degree or major program resides with the faculty in each academic unit; however, only academic programs which promise to contribute to or otherwise enhance the mission of the University of Georgia should be considered for development.
It shall be the responsibility of each school or college to ensure that all proposals receive appropriate faculty review prior to submission to the next higher administrative level. Both the head of the academic unit and the appropriate dean of the school or college submitting a proposal must review all proposals before they are submitted to the next higher administrative level. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost shall be responsible for reviewing proposals and providing any needed internal and external coordination of procedures. This shall include making appropriate recommendations to the President of the University on program proposals which are transmitted to the Board of Regents for action. The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost shall keep unit (library, institute, department, school or college) heads informed of the current status of proposals as they move through the review stages required by governance procedures.
- Points of Contact
Academic units contemplating the development of new undergraduate degree or major programs should consult with the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. For new graduate degree or major programs, academic units should consult with the Dean of the Graduate School.
- The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academics and Fiscal Affairs will, as deemed appropriate, seek the advice of outside consultants in evaluating a program proposal.
- As part of the review process for formal proposals, the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academics and Fiscal Affairs will disseminate to all University System of Georgia institutions, on a regular basis, a list of program proposals under consideration, and will invite interested parties to request a copy of the proposal for review and comment. Information received through this process will be considered in evaluating the proposals.
- Once approved, all programs will undergo a system review during the seventh year of operation. This review is designed to evaluate how well the program is meeting the expectations that were laid out in the formal proposal.
Occupational Projections and Report Resources For Georgia
Georgia Department of Labor Occupational Trends
- Area Labor Profiles
- Georgia Labor Market Explorer
- Occupational Employment Statistics
- Workforce Statistics Publications
Source: Board of Regents, July 1, 2013
National Occupational Projections and Report Resources
National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine)
Source: Board of Regents, July 1, 2013