Program approval process

Creating a new program enhances our educational offerings to students and lets us respond to changes in our disciplines and environment.

Our goal is to make our approval process as streamlined as possible while fulfilling the requirements of Senate, Board of Governors, and Ministry. I welcome feedback on our process in an effort to improve our services - please connect with me at avpap@uvic.ca.

Undergraduate Programs

The below information will help you bring forward proposals for new programs that require Ministry approval and proposals for new components to existing degrees that do not require Ministry approval.

New Programs that Require Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training Approval

British Columbia public institutions are required to submit for review all new degree programs at the baccalaureate level. View the definition of a new degree program (see page 11).


Use the below approval process for the following types of changes:

  • New certificates, professional certificates and diplomas (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Double or dual degree programs involving existing degrees
  • Programs involving partnerships or agreements with other institutions
  • Changes to a program degree or title
  • Significant changes to program focus, content, structure or requirements (e.g., moving from a project-based to a course-based masters)
  • To discontinue (stop running) a program.

Approval Steps UVic non Ministry
Standard Template for Program Change (Undergraduate)

Graduate Programs

The below information will help you find information on how to bring forward proposals for new programs that require Ministry approval and proposals for new components to existing degrees that do not require Ministry approval. 

New Programs that Require Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training Approval

British Columbia public institutions are required to submit for review all new degree programs at the baccalaureate level. View the definition of a new degree program (see page 11).

New Components to an Existing Program such as a new stream/option, and proposals for new certificates go through UVic-only approvals.

Use this approval process for the following types of changes:

  • New certificates, professional certificates and diplomas 
  • Double or dual degree programs involving existing degrees
  • Programs involving partnerships or agreements with other institutions
  • Changes to a program degree or title
  • Significant changes to program focus, content, structure or requirements (e.g., moving from a project-based to a course-based masters)
  • To discontinue (stop running) a program
  • New stream within an existing program
New graduate certificate/diploma approval process
New graduate certificate/diploma template
New stream within an existing graduate program approval process
New stream within an existing graduate program template
UVic Template for non-Ministry changes (Graduate)