New Programs

The Protocol for New Degree Program Approval applies to new undergraduate degrees, undergraduate honours specializations and majors (for which a similar specialization/major is not already approved), graduate degrees, joint degrees and intra/inter-institutional degree programs (dual credential, collaborative and combined degrees) when a new parent program at the University is being proposed in conjunction with the intra/inter-institutional degree). The Quality Assurance Framework defines a new program as brand new – that is, the program has substantially different program requirements and substantially different learning outcomes from those of any existing approved programs offered by the institution. New degree programs are externally reviewed as part of the process leading to institutional approval. Once approved by the institutional governance process, new programs are then reviewed by the Appraisal Committee of the Quality Council. The Council has the authority to approve or decline new program proposals.

The Protocol for New Programs with Expedited Approvals applies to new graduate diplomas, new fields to existing graduate degrees, and joint degrees and intra/inter-institutional degree programs (dual credential, collaborative and combined degrees) when a parent program already exists at York. These programs do not require external appraisal. Once approved by the institutional governance process, new programs are then reviewed by the Appraisal Committee of the Quality Council. The Council has the authority to approve or decline these proposals.