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First Steps

To begin the process of adding or changing a Master's program you’ll first complete the following steps:

School Approvals

Obtain and document all necessary school specific approvals

OAPRA Consultation

Meet with OAPRA for a brief consultation

Committee Approval

Obtain Graduate Program Committee approval, if required

GPC Info
OAPRA Review

Submit a complete proposal to OAPRA for review and submission to NYSED

Important Note

Advertising, marketing, or otherwise promoting a new program or curriculum prior to full NYSED approval and registration is strictly prohibited per New York State Education Department rules and regulations.

Next Steps


The requirements for adding and changing a program will differ based on the curriculum’s focus. Programs fall into three major categories: General Academic, Licensed Profession and Teacher Certification.

If you are unsure of your program’s category, visit the Licensed Profession and Teacher Certification pages for more information. Programs NOT in these categories are considered General Academic.

Graduate Program Committee

The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) advises the Provost on proposals for new graduate programs.

In order to begin the new program process, GPC approval must be secured.



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