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New Degree Programs

Per Executive Policy E5.201

The OVCAA facilitates the review and Board of Regents’ (BOR) approval of new degree programs. The process begins with the preparation of an Authorization to Plan (ATP), which grants the unit the authority to plan a new degree program. Once the ATP is approved, the unit prepares a degree proposal that is reviewed by the college, by the Mānoa Faculty Senate, the VCAA, the UH System, and finally the Board of Regents, which grants provisional approval of the program.

All new degree programs are provisional for the first cycle of operation. A cycle is generally determined by the time to program completion: two years for master’s degrees, four years for bachelor’s degrees, and five years for doctoral degrees. Once a provisional program has completed its first cycle, the program is reviewed, and may be recommended for Established Status.

New Degree Programs


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