Undergraduate and Undergraduate new degree program proposals are subject to an internal review and require the approval of the UNBC Senate and Board of Governors. New degree program proposals must also be submitted to the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) and requires approval from the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (MAEST). Significant degree program changes are also required to go through this process.
If you are considering to develop a new degree program as defined below, please contact the Provost's Office for assistance and support.
New Degree Programs
- an associate degree granted or provided by a private or out-of-province public institution governed under the Degree Authorization Act;
- a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree that has not been previously granted or conferred by the post-secondary institution in BC; or
- a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree granted or conferred by the post-secondary institution in BC containing one or more of the following elements:
- a new major or field of specialization (although a new honours program in a field in which a major is currently offered will not require review);
- an existing interdisciplinary major for which the majority of the courses are new or are substantially altered to conform to the program’s objectives;
- a joint major if one or more of the fields in the joint major is not already represented by an approved major;
- revision of a program’s major objectives resulting in significant changes;
- a change in degree designation or credential that may be precedent-setting for the institution or the post-secondary system in the province (see Appendix 7 for the Guidelines on Naming of Degrees); and
- significant revision of a program that warrants credential renaming.
New Degree Program Approval Process
It is the proponent’s responsibility to ensure movement through the approval process. Please consider the timing of your submission for the admission and recruitment cycles as well as the release of the Academic Calendar.
I. Internal Approval Process
The internal approval process takes a minimum 90 days after the new degree program has been developed.
- Develop new degree program and complete the following documents. They form the Internal New Degree Program Proposal Package:
- SCAAF New Academic Program Proposal Motion Form & Library Form
- SCAAF New Course Approval Motion and Library Forms for all new courses
- SCAAF Proposed Revision of Calendar Entry Motion Form (where applicable)
- SCAD General Motion Form (calendar content regarding admissions)
- Market Analysis (applicable only if one has been completed)
- Submit the internal new degree program proposal package to the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Calendars (SCCC) to review the material.
- Submit the internal new degree program proposal package CASHS Chairs Council or CSAM Chairs Management Team for approval.
- Submit the internal new degree program proposal package to CASHS College Council or CSAM College Council for approval.
- Submit the internal new degree program proposal package to the Senate Committees for approval.
- Senate Committee on First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples (SCFNAP) (Senate motions with any First Nations or Aboriginal content considerations)
- Senate Committee on Academic Affairs (SCAAF) (Senate New Program motion, new calendar entry motions, and calendar revision motions)
- Senate Committee on Admissions and Degrees (SCAD) (Senate admission related motions)
- Submit the internal new degree program proposal package to Senate for approval.
- Submit the internal new degree program proposal and budget/funding information to the Board of Governors.
II. DQAB and Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Approval Process
The DQAB and Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training approval process takes approximately 6 months.
UNBC has exempt status for both Bachelor and Masters’ Degrees, which provides an expedited review process. If the proposed new degree program does not meet exempt status, please contact the Integrated University Planning Office as a Full Program Proposal is required.
- Once UNBC's Senate and Board of Governors have approved the new degree program, the DQAB New Degree Program Proposal Package should be uploaded to the Ministry's Post-secondary Institution Proposal System (PSIPS) through UNBC's Integrated University Planning Office. The DQAB New Degree Program Proposal Package should include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Ministry and DQAB Secretariat review the proposal and UNBC incorporates their feedback.UNBC incorporates the feedback and resubmits the proposal through PSIPS.
- The proposal is posted on the Ministry’s website for a 30 day peer review and public comments.
- UNBC follows up on any questions, comments or feedback from the public or other institutions on PSIPS.
- The proposal is reviewed by DQAB at their next meeting, and they prepare a recommendation to the Minister.
- The Minister gives UNBC consent to offer the new program if there are no concerns about the quality of the degree.
New Degree Program Applications Approved (since November 7, 2003)
New Degree Program Applications Approved (from 1996 - 2003)