Academic Program Development

The faculty of Towson University develop and design academic programs through a robust process under the auspices of internal governance. Certain types of academic program proposal also require external approvals. The Office of the Provost facilitates the external approval process. The table below can help guide you to the appropriate procedures. 

Type of proposal Resource

New academic program

New Programs & Changes to Existing Programs

Substantial Modification to existing academic programs

New Programs & Changes to Existing Programs

Online programs

When making an existing program available online please complete the online conversion form and send to the .

Creation of a certificate
  1. Discuss the concept with the Associate Provost.
  2. Complete this form.
  3. Complete a proposal according to MHEC guidelines for New Certificate in Existing Degree Programs and include:

-Appendix A: Curriculum of the Existing Program

-Appendix B: Course Descriptions of the Proposed Certificate

-Appendix C: Faculty of the Proposed Certificate

Send both completed documents to the .

New courses /
Changes to existing courses
Off-campus programs/instruction

International Programs


Frequently asked questions:

Curriculum Management Software: Where can I learn about the Courseleaf Curriculum Management ("CIM") System?

A: Find instructions, resources, and support for the CIM system at

Curriculum Management Software: How do I navigate directly to enter program updates or new programs in CIM?

A: Go to Program Management at

Curriculum Management Software: Do curriculum committees approve new courses and course updates related to a new program before or after they approve the new program? And where do I go to make those course proposals?

A: Yes, relevant curriculum committees will approve courses, new or updated, before they approve new programs. Go to Course Inventory Management at

Definitions: What is the difference among various certificate programs?

A: A post-baccalaureate certificate ("PBC") requires at least 12 credits at the graduate or upper divisional level, the majority of which are at the master's or specialized postgraduate level. A post-master's certificate requires at least 12 credits of graduate study beyond the master's degree. A certificate of advanced study ("CAS") requires at least 30 credits of graduate study beyond the master's degree.

Definitions: What is a "substantial modification" to a program?

A: The Maryland Higher Education Commission oversees approval of major modifications to academic programs that change more than 1/3 of the existing program's course work, establish a new area of concentration, or establish a program's off-campus offering.  Contact the for help with substantial modification proposals.

Process: How can I streamline the process for approvals?

A: Ensure the department, chair, and college dean support the proposal. Complete appropriate forms or proposals thoroughly, and seek advice from the or curriculum committee chairpersons, if necessary. Be aware of the schedule for curriculum committee meetings and external submission windows.

Process: Do MHEC and USM review new programs or substantial modifications during the summer months?

A: USM does not review academic program proposals during the summer months. Proposals may be reviewed concurrently at USM and MHEC. However, the USM Board of Regents meets bi-monthly October through June. Proposal submission to the Board must be completed at least six weeks prior to those meetings, so most submissions occur in August, October, December, February, and April.

 What requires Academic Senate's consideration? 
The Senate webpage provides guidance on what actions it considers and how.