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Program and Change Program Approval Processes*

Type of Proposal Institution Minister / Ministry CAQC Approval
Addition of a course-based route to an existing thesis-based master's degree program, or a thesis-based route to an existing course-based program   Paper notification from institution Paper notification from institution n/a
New credit certificate or diploma program New Program Proposal Template New program proposal on PRS n/a Deputy Minister
Change to credit certificate or diploma program (includes adding a new specialization) Change Program Proposal Template Change program proposal on PRS n/a Deputy Minister
Degree major/specialization name change only (for example, History to Historical Studies) Template A Change program proposal on PRS Paper notification from PSP Deputy Minister
Degree FLE change, or actual or full load change greater than 5% Template A Change program proposal on PRS n/a Executive Director or DM
Suspension of a degree program or a major/specialization Template A Change program proposal on PRS Paper notification from PSP Deputy Minister
Termination of a degree program or a specialization Template A Change program proposal on PRS Chair/Secretariat review Deputy Minister
Degree name change—involves only a name change (for example, from BSc Nutrition to BSc Nutritional Science) Template A Change program proposal on PRS Chair/Secretariat review Deputy Minister
Substantive degree program change—may include name, curriculum, and/or other changes (for example, from MSc Physical Therapy to MSc Rehabilitation Science) Template B Hardcopy submission to Minister Steering Committee Minister
Restructured major in an existing degree program (for example, a new Italian Studies major where an Italian minor already exists) Template B Hardcopy submission to Minister Steering Committee Minister
New discipline or level in an existing degree program (for example, a new German major in an existing BA program) Template C Hardcopy submission to Minister Fully expedited review (upon CAQC approval) Minister
New degree—significant departure for existing programming (for example, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the UofC) Template D Hardcopy submission to Minister (Part A) Partially expedited review (Parts A and B) Minister

*Note: This is an evolving process agreed to by AUA, AET (PSP) & CAQC. For individual applications, questions may vary and these templates should serve initially as a guide to the type of information that will be required. In order to avoid unnecessary work, and to ensure the appropriate structure and timing of your proposal, please consult AU’s Academic Services Coordinator before preparing your submission.

Updated August 20 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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