Academic Program Development

Towson University faculty 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. 

Proposal type Proposal Life-cycle & requirements

New academic program

A new academic program requires successful completion of the following sequential steps in a program development life-cycle. 

1.  Letter of Intent and proposal budgetary worksheets. The provost's Program Concept Review Group will consider the LoI and budgetary proposal at a regularly convened meeting that will include the proposal's progenitor and represenatives from the relevant dean's office. Upon LoI and worksheet completion, the proposal progenitor should convey them to the

2. USM circulaiton period: Submission of the LoI to the University System of Maryland (USM) whereupon USM circualtes it for a three week period for comment or objections from other USM instittuions. 

3. Maryland Higher Educaiton Commission (MHEC) proposal and internal governance. Following the USM circulation period the program's progenitor will develop a MHEC proposal. The Office of the Provost has provided program proposal guidance and a MHEC proposal template to faciliate this requirement. 

The proposal's progenitor will populate the "Next Catalog" via Courseleaf's Curriclum Inventory Management (CIM) Software. The Office of the Registrar provides support and guidance on populating the Curriculum Inventory Management (Courseleaf) system. Upon competion of both the MHEC proposal and the CIM entry the relevant curriculum committees and Academic Senate will consider the proposal. 

4. MHEC review: If institutionally approved the Office of the Provost remits the completed proposal to the MHEC for a sixy day review. This review includes a thirty day circulation period affording all Maryland institutions the opportunity to comment upon or object to the proposal. 

Substantial Modification to existing academic programs

A substantial modificication is one that involves changes affecting more than 33 percent of an existing program’s course work. A substantial modification has the same requirement as that of a new program, with the exception that it eschews the remittance of the LoI to USM. A subtantial modification proposal should complete the LoI as a means of demonstrating the progrram changes' rational,  apprising the Office of the Provost of the intented change, and to inform the MHEC proposal. 

The addition of an Area of Concentration is also considered a substantial modification.

Online programs

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

Creation of a certificate from curriculum in an existing degree
Where a certificate program is being developed, please complete and submit the new certificate form.
New courses /
Changes to existing courses
Off-campus programs/instruction
  • A program being offered at an off-campus location requires MHEC review and approval as either a "Closed-Site" offering, where an agreement with a specific cohort's employer forms the basis for enrollment. contact the Towson Learning Network's .
  • A program open to the public that is off-campus will require a MHEC proposal that addresses all those criteria that apply to a new academic program. Those proposing an open enrollment off-campus programs should discuss with the

International Programs