Guidelines for New Programs and Program Changes

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.


Nancy Bliwise

Vice Provost, Academic Planning