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Projection of New Degree Programs

Should a department or program want to add a new program onto the CSU master plan, the first step is to prepare a request to project a new program. The request takes the form of a two-to-three page prospectus. Send one copy to the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost and one to the Office of Academic Programs and Articulation (AS 124, x. 5-8221). The prospectus must address the following:

  • 1. Need for the program or reason for developing the program, with demonstration of potential demand in the form of market surveys, employer needs, demographic trends, etc. If the new degree program is now offered as an option, the summary should include a brief rationale for the conversion. If the new degree program is not commonly offered as a bachelor's or master's degree, the summary should provide a compelling academic rationale explaining how the proposed subject area constitutes a coherent, integrated degree major that has potential value to students. If the proposal does not appear to conform to the trustee policy calling for "broadly based programs," an explanation should be provided.
  • 2. How the program fits within the mission and focus of this university, taking into account the university's Strategic Plan and information from reviews of existing or related programs in the area.
  • 3. Regional planning, considering the programs available at other CSU campuses and at UC campuses within the region. If similar programs are available at nearby institutions, why is the program needed at CSULB? How would our program differ from those already available? Go to to view existing programs at other campuses.
  • 4. Are there other curricula offered by the campus, either in the same department or in other departments, that are closely related to the proposed program? If so, give enrollment figures during the past three years in courses or programs closely related to the proposed new program. If a new degree program is being planned in an area where a formal minor, option, or sub-option is offered, how many students are enrolled in the existing program? If a proposed program has substantial similarity or overlap with an existing program, how do the programs differ? Why should the new program be offered by an academic area different from the one offering the existing program? How can students determine which program best suits their needs?
  • 5. If courses in other academic areas are to be used as part of the program, will there be room for students in the courses? Will the courses be offered frequently enough so students can complete the program? How will scheduling be coordinated?
  • 6. Provide estimates of the resources needed to offer the projected program. This estimate must include information about the sources of funds and the impact on other programs of moving resources to the new program. If additional resources will be required, the summary should indicate the extent of university commitment to allocate them and evidence that decision-making curriculum committees were aware of the sources of resource support when they endorsed the proposal.

The prospectus needs to be accompanied by the following campus form:

  • Coversheet for Program Projection, Implementation and Major Program Change (Attachment 2.3)

The prospectus requires the approval of the department chair, college dean, and the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost. Campus projections are due to the Office of the Chancellor in January. Projection does not assure that the program will be approved.

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