The Program Proposal
The proposal presents your case for a new program and provides comprehensive information about its content. It is written using an approved template that you can download through the links below.
For a certificate or diploma ("non-degree"):
Non-degree proposal guidelines
Non-degree proposal template
For a degree, including bachelor, major, master's degree, but not a new minor:
Degree proposal template and guidelines
For an honours degree:
Honours degree template & guidelines
For a new minor:
New minor degree template and guidelines
Other forms you will need:
The approval of new programs at UFV is governed by the Undergraduate Course and Program Approval Policy #21, and Graduate Course and Program Approval Policy #209. These are available in UFV Policies on the University Secretariat website under Academic / Curriculum Development: General.
The detailed procedures in support of these policies are available below:
- for undergraduate certificate, diploma and degree-level programs, see Appendix to Policy 21, Program and Course Approval Procedures under UEC Resources and Forms
- for graduate programs, see Policy 209, Appendix B under UFV Policies
- For instructions on the administrative process for submission to committees
- for programs that meet the criteria for expedited review (Policy 21, Regulation #8), see the Expedited Program Approval Process on the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee website
Do you want this program to be eligible for student loan funding? If so, please contact the UFV Financial Aid office to review student aid eligibility criteria.
The BC Ministry of Advanced Education regulates the criteria and process for the approval of credentials. For undergraduate and graduate degree criteria and guidelines, visit the Degree Authorization section of the Ministry website.
All new degree-level programs are posted on the Post-secondary Institution Proposal System (PSIPS) for peer review for a 30-day period before submission to the Minister of Advanced Education for approval. UFV was granted exempt status to the Baccalaureate level in July 2013. This means that review by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) is no longer automatically required for degree programs, but the Minister can request a fuller review by DQAB before making a decision.
See also Ministry of Advanced Education - Guidelines on Naming of Degrees
For certificates and diplomas, see the Non-degree guidelines and template on the BC Ministry of Advanced Education website. This applies to credit certificates and diplomas (including post-baccalaureate certificates and diplomas, and graduate-level certificates) except for certificate programs that do not ladder into other credentials.
Ministerial level approval is not required for these programs, but the proposals must be submitted for public and peer review on the Post-secondary Institution Proposal System (PSIPS) for a 30 day period. UFV must respond to comments made as a result of PSIPS peer review.
Contact the PDO for assistance with preparing the full program proposal and related material, or if you have questions about the approval process.
See step by step guide of the internal program proposal process for new programs.