Guidelines for New Programs and Program Changes

The Degree-Granting Program Operational Guidelines are designed to serve as a toolkit to enable the effective development of new degree-granting programs at Emory University.

Here you'll find helpful information on related aspects such as:

  • Required institutional approvals, including those related to accreditation(s) and Emory University's Board of Trustees
  • Operational steps and considerations
  • Pathway and key administrative contacts for initial operational program development 

Key Steps

Here's a roadmap that outlines the process for starting new degree-granting programs or making substantive changes.

A few related tips:

  • Sample questions guide program development and the related administrative unit contacts; a school or department does not have to answer all the questions before reaching out to these contacts for assistance.
  • Worksheets help a school or department anticipate the likely major operational costs proactively.
  • These guidelines do not encompass every potential contingency or document required to start a new academic program or make program changes. Many programs have unique needs or circumstances that may require additional discussion or collaboration across the university.
  • The guidance provided here is based on a standard timeframe for the successful launch of such a program. The timeframe could vary depending on the calendar, but certain steps are fixed and impact timing.

We look forward to working with you on academic program development at Emory.