Office of the Provost

Approval Processes for Academic Degree Programs
New | Modification | Phase-Out

All new academic programs leading to a new degree or new field of study (concentration or major) must undergo an internal and external review process before the program can be implemented and marketed to potential students. Internally, all programs must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department/school/college, and by the Provost's Office. The Office of Budget and Planning coodinates the process for approving U-M programs, as well as the review process of programs proposes by other Michigan universities.

Depending on the specifics of the degree program and field of study, new programs may also require approval by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the University's Board of Regents. Finally, all new programs must also undergo external review through the Michigan Association of State Universities* (MASU).

Approval Process Information

For further information about these processes, contact Tammy Bimer at or 763-9983.


* The name Michigan Association of State Universities was adopted in 2015. The previous name was the Presidents Council of State Universities of Michigan (PCSUM).

September 2019