Procedure for Graduate Certificate or Degree Program Proposals

  1. Please view the policy for Certificate Programs in the Graduate Council Policy Manual.
  2. In the first section of your proposal clearly state the need and demand for the certificate/ degree you are proposing.
  3. Contact Dr. Terry Senne, Director, Academic Assessment. She will assist with developing an appropriate Academic Institutional Improvement Assessment Plan – Certificate Programs (AIIAP-CP) for the proposed certificate/ degree program. This should be done simultaneously with developing the certificate/ degree program proposal itself and before the certificate/degree proposal goes to the Graduate Council.
  4. The Director of Academic Assessment will approve the SLO’s (Student Learning Outcomes) for any new courses.
  5. Any new courses proposed for the certificate/degree must be presented to the Dean of the Graduate School for review.
  6. *The new courses proposed for the certificate/degree should also be presented to the Curriculum Committee for approval.
  7. Once the certificate/degree program proposal is complete, it should go to the Graduate Council for approval.
  8. After approval by the Graduate Council, the Graduate Dean will send it to the Provost for approval.
  9. If approved it will then go to the TWU Board of Regents.
  10. If a certificate program is more than 15 hours or is not for an approved degree area, it will have to go to the THECB for approval: however, if the certificate program is less than 15 hours and is for an approved degree area, it will not have to go to the THECB for approval.

*Please speak to the Graduate Dean concerning Curriculum Committee approval

THECB Procedure for Proposing New Certificate Programs

Graduate and upper-level undergraduate certificate programs that meet the following criteria are automatically approved if there are no objections received during the 30-day public comment period prior to submission of the THECB – New Academic Certificates. 

  1. Upper-level undergraduate certificates of 21-36 hours in disciplinary areas where the institution already offers an undergraduate degree program.
  2. Graduate-level and professional certificates of 16 - 29 hours in disciplinary areas where the institution already offers a graduate program at the same level as the certificate.

If the institution is requesting a new educator certificate program for an approved degree, only submit the THECB Form - New Academic Certificates. If the institution is requesting a new degree that includes a new educator certificate, follow the requirements for requesting a new Master's Programs. If the institution is changing an approved certificate program, no form is required for the Coordinating Board.

THECB Procedure for Proposing New Master’s Programs

Master's programs that meet the following criteria are approved (subject to staff review) if there are no objections received during the 30-day public comment period prior to submission of the THECB Short Form - New Masters Program.

  1. The program has institutional and governing board approval;
  2. The program complies with the Standards for Bachelor's and Master's Programs;
  3. Adequate funds are available to cover the costs of the new program;
  4. New costs during the first five years of the program will not exceed $2 million;
  5. The program is a non-engineering program (i.e., not classified under CIP code 14); and
  6. The program will be offered by a university or health-related institution. New bachelor's and master's programs that do not meet the above criteria must submit the THECB Full Form - New Masters Programs.

THECB Procedure for Proposing New Doctoral Programs

Institutions proposing new doctoral or professional programs should refer to Coordinating Board Rules §5.46, Criteria for New Doctoral Programs, and the 18 Characteristics of Texas Public Doctoral Programs. Use the THECB Proposal for a New Doctoral Program. Additional information can be found on the THECB website.