Academic Program and Course Development

The Academic Program and Course Development webpage provides University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty with information and resources in developing, altering, and closing programs, majors, concentrations, minors, and courses.


 Overview of Academic Program and Course Development Approval Process

(Undergraduate and Graduate)

Approval for all new and modified undergraduate and graduate degree programs, majors, minors, certificates, and concentrations begins at the discipline/program level. Normally, one or more faculty will draft a proposal to be considered by their discipline/program colleagues which if approved needs to be sent to the department executive committee for consideration. Once approved by the department executive committee, the proposal should be forwarded to the college curriculum committee. The college curriculum committee only makes a recommendation to approve or reject the proposal to the college executive committee. The authority to make academic program decisions ultimately rests with the executive committee for each college. 


The next step in the approval process is for the University Curriculum and Degree Committee (UCDC) to consider all undergraduate proposals. Graduate proposals need to be sent to the Graduate Subcommittee of UCDC and, when appropriate, to the Rackham Graduate Board, for endorsement.


Final approval of any new undergraduate or graduate degree program, major, minor, certificate, and concentration is made by the Provost (and will only occur if UCDC or Graduate Subcommittee support is documented) and the Presidents Council and Board of Regents.


The diagram provides an overview of the approval process along with dates that reflect the shortest amount of time it takes to process a proposal through the approval cycle. If the deadlines are not met, the proposal will rotate in to the next approval cycle.