Texas Tech University

Proposing New Programs and/or Changes to Existing Programs

This website clarifies required sequencing for new program proposals and for requests to change existing programs. Please use the menu bar to the left to find information specific to the kind of program you are proposing or the specific kind of change you are requesting. This website supplements the information provided in OP 36.04. This OP includes information on a general timeline for proposals that require submission to THECB and/or SACSCOC. Please review that timeline.


The following kinds of programs must be reviewed and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board prior to their implementation at TTU:

  • New degree proposals (any level)
  • New undergraduate certificates of 21 or more credit hours
  • New graduate certificates of 16 or more credit hours
  • Changing the CIP code, title, or credit hour requirement of an existing degree program or certificate
  • Changing delivery modality of an existing degree program

The following kinds of proposals must be reviewed by Texas Tech University's Board of Regents prior to their submission to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for review and approval:

  • New degree proposals (any level)
  • Changing delivery modality of an existing doctoral program
  • New interinstitutional degree programs

The following kinds of proposals must be reviewed by SACSCOC prior to their implantation at TTU:

  • New interinstitutional degree programs

The following kinds of proposals will be reviewed internally but do not require Board of Regents, SACSCOC, or THECB review:

  • New or changes to existing undergraduate minors
  • New or changes to existing concentrations
  • New undergraduate certificates of 20 or fewer credit hours
  • New graduate certificates of 15 or fewer credit hours
  • New intrainstitutional degrees (provided there is no change to the credit hour requirement for either degree)
  • New accelerated degree programs (provided they adhere to SACSCOC guidelines)

All proposals receiving THECB and/or SACSCOC approval will be presented, as informational items, at meetings of the Academic Council. You may check the Council's minutes for a record of all THECB and/or SACSCOC approved proposals by going to the Academic Council's website.