Graduate Division

Academic Program Development

The Graduate Academic Programs Office is a central resource to facilitate the development and approval of new graduate degree programs. Anyone considering the creation of a new academic program should contact Kate Brigman, the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, for a preliminary discussion of the process and to schedule a meeting with the Graduate Dean.


Faculty who wish to develop new graduate degree programs are encouraged to work closely with the Graduate Division from the beginning of the proposal process. We can advise on how to create a successful proposal.

The steps to develop a new graduate program are as follows:

Step 1: Preliminary Consultation

In order to streamline the proposal review process, all new graduate degree proposals begin with a preliminary meeting with the Graduate Dean. Please contact the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Kate Brigman, to inform the Graduate Division of your plans and schedule a consultation with Dean Leslie.

Step 2: Choose a Structure for the Program

Those contemplating development of a new graduate program should familiarize themselves with the various types of graduate programs offered by the University of California. To determine which structure works best for your needs, see Types of Graduate Programs

Step 3: Add Your Proposal to the Office of Academic Planning's Short Term Academic Outlook

Ensure that your proposal is included in the Campus Five Year Planning Perspective by submitting requested information to the Office of Academic Planning.

Step 4: Create the Proposal

All proposals must be written in the approved CCGA proposal format. Flowcharts of campus and systemwide review and approval processes can be found here. Please review and carefully follow the Academic Senate's instructions for submitting a new degree proposal. Please note that proposal development requires consultation with your School Dean's Office, the Office of Academic Planning, the Office of Planning & Budget, the Academic Senate, and the Graduate Division. For contact information for these offices, please see the Program Development Contacts page.

Step 5: Submit Your Proposal for Review

Please email the complete program proposal and appendices to the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Kate Brigman and Interim Graduate Council Point of Contact, Thao Nguyen, in a single PDF file using the required CCGA proposal format.