New Academic Programs and Units

This page contains information on the regulations and procedures for proposing new academic degree programs and graduate certificates as well as the procedures for proposing new academic units (e.g. department, school), and new centers and institutes at the University of Central Florida.


Academic Degree Programs and Graduate Certificates

New academic degree program authorization at UCF follows the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida criteria and administrative processes outlined in Regulation 8.011, “Authorization of New Academic Degree Programs and Other Curricular Offerings.”  This a multi-phase process that begins with the development of a new academic degree program pre-proposal and ends with the new degree’s inclusion on the SUS Degree Inventory. Curriculum creation and new degree development initiates with the faculty members of a given unit, and proceeds through multiple levels of faculty and administrative review before final approval and implementation. This process ensures that the planned degree or certificate is of the highest quality and aligned with the strategic plans of both the SUS Board of Governors and UCF.

Academic Units

Creating a new academic department (or school) requires approval by the requesting dean(s) as well as the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Once approved by the dean, requests should be submitted for review on the form provided to the Sr. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Tim Letzring in MH-338 (+0065). If approved, the initiating unit shall be responsible for processing the change in Curriculog and with Finance and Accounting.

Institutes and Centers

Institutes and Centers at UCF help support the mission of the university and play a vital role in facilitating multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Appropriate approvals must be obtained prior to implementation. Please review UCF Regulation 2.035 and Board of Governors Regulation 10.015 for more detail on the criteria and guidelines for establishing institutes and centers at UCF and in the state of Florida.

For more information and to request an application packet, contact Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarship Debra Reinhart in the Office of Research.