Program Registration Guidelines and Resources
This page contains answers to common questions about program registration and links to related resources.
- What requires registration?
- What requires approval of a master plan amendment?
- What requires a charter amendment or similar authorization?
- How do I register a new program that is based entirely on an existing registered program?
- What types of program proposals require an external program review?
- How do I apply to offer programs at a new degree level?
- What are the guidelines for registering distance education programs or adding the distance education format to a registered program?
- Links to related resources (regulations, glossary, HEGIS codes, and more)
Program Registration Questions and Answers
What requires registration?
Registration of a curriculum (program of study) means its approval based on quality standards in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Section 50.1 (i) of those regulations defines curriculum or program as “the formal educational requirements necessary to qualify for certificates or degrees. A curriculum or program includes general education or specialized study in depth in a particular field, or both.” Section 52.1 requires registration of the following types of curricula at colleges, universities, and professional schools before those institutions may offer them:
- every curriculum creditable toward a degree offered by institutions of higher education;
- every curriculum leading to licensure in a profession;
- every curriculum for which registration is required by statute, the Rules of the Regents, or any other section of these regulations; and
- every curriculum leading to a certificate or diploma offered by a nonchartered proprietary institution authorized by the Regents to grant degrees, except noncredit curricula approved by another State agency for the purpose of licensure by that agency.
Learn more: Master Plan Amendments
Learn more: Charter amendments and similar authorizationsprogram registration page.
- For all graduate degree programs below the doctoral level, submit a copy of an evaluation (46KB) of the program by a recognized expert in the field who has been approved in advance by the State Education Department. In addition, submit the institution’s response to the evaluation and highlight how the proposal was modified in response to the reviewer’s comments. Evaluation Form in PDF (13KB)
- Provide an external review of a proposed undergraduate program only
if it falls into one of these categories:
- The program’s subject matter represents a new or emerging field.
- The program is in an allied health area, unless the institution can demonstrate that the program is accredited by an accrediting body for college-level programs in the field.
Submit a copy of an evaluation (46KB) of the program by a recognized expert in the field who has been approved in advance by the State Education Department. In addition, submit the institution’s response to the evaluation and highlight how the proposal was modified in response to the reviewer’s comments. Note: this requirement does not apply to undergraduate teacher certification programs. Evaluation Form in PDF (13KB)
Learn more: Applying to offer programs at a new degree level.
Please consult our program registration materials.
- Education Law, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, and Regents Rules
- Definition of liberal arts and sciences
- HEGIS codes in Word (91KB) | HEGIS codes in PDF (41KB)
- Program format definitions
- Form for external program reviews (46KB) | Evaluation Form in PDF (13KB)
- Information about temporary closures due to disaster (43KB) | Disaster Relief in PDF (144KB)
- Regents higher education regions
- Listing of allied health areas