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Overview

If you are developing a new degree or new non-degree credit program, you've come to the right place! The Handbook for New Program Development and Implementation (coming soon) will guide you step by step through the development, assessment, and submission of new program proposals.

The information provided on the Program Planning webpage applies to:

1) New Degree Programs: master, bachelor or a new major or field of specialization, or a new minor for which the institution does not already have approval to offer a major

2) New Non-Degree Credit Programs: advanced certificate, certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, post-degree certificate, or post-degree diploma

3) Changes to Existing Credit Programs

  • Minor changes to an existing program follow the processes outlined in the Request for Program Change form. Significant changes to an existing program may qualify as a new program. Please review VIU’s Policy 97.21 on Major/Minor Program Change to determine whether proposed program changes are major or minor in nature.

Other Programs

Please refer to the Curriculum Committee webpage for information on developing and implementing the following new programs:

  • New Non-Credit Programs
  • Degree Minor from Existing Major
  • Degree Minors Across Faculties
  • Honours Program from Existing Major

Process

The process for developing and approving a new program for implementation may take up to two years and consists of five key phases:

Phase I: Planning and Prioritization

Phase II: Development

Phase III: Internal Review

Phase IV: External Review

Phase V: Implementation

 

The process described above is provided as a flowchart: Approval Process of New Credit Programs

Please contact Nicole Yusep from the Office of University Planning and Analysis if you have any questions.