Program Development

Notification of Planning

Effective June 1, 2023, an online planning notification form must be submitted for academic associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees prior to submission of the full degree program proposal (Texas Administrative Code 2.41). Planning notification for all doctoral and professional programs must be submitted one year prior to submission of the full proposal (Texas Administrative Code 2.143). Note: Multidisciplinary, applied, and embedded associate degrees are exempt from the planning notification requirement.

30-Day Comment Period Changes

Effective September 1, 2023, a 50-mile notification is no longer required for academic certificates, academic associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees. THECB will send out a 30-day comment period notification for these new degree programs to institutions within the same higher education region. Note: 50-mile notifications are still required for applied associate degrees and workforce certificates.

New Degree Program & Certificate Proposals

The Coordinating Board conducts the review and/or approval of new academic and workforce programs and certificates. Templates for the online forms and attachments that need to be submitted are available. For questions regarding new degree programs and certificates, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Program & Course Resources

Course and Program Inventories

Online tools for course and program inventories common to all institutions.

Learn About Course and Program Inventories

60 Semester Credit Hour (SCH) Exemptions

Information relating to 60 Semester Credit Hour Exemption requests.

Learn About SCH Exemptions

Unique Need Course Requests

Policy and guidelines relating to Unique need courses which are academic courses created by a college to satisfy a unique need and designed to transfer into a baccalaureate program.

Learn About Unique Need Course Requests