The UNC Board of Governors has the statutory responsibility to authorize the establishment of new degree programs and the discontinuation of existing degree programs. The Academic Planning section of this site describes the procedures for planning and obtaining authorization to establish new degree and distance education programs and to discontinue existing programs.
All degree programs authorized by the Board are listed in a web database, where users can search according to degree type and campus. Links to special inventories for distance education and certificate programs are also available.
To find existing programs:
The UNC Academic Program Inventory (API) is a searchable database known as the Program & Degree Finder. The database includes all approved degree programs in the UNC System and their approved modes of delivery (online, off-campus, etc.).
To see programs being planned across the UNC System:
The Program Request Portal (PREP) displays the status of all degree programs and modes of delivery under active review by the UNC System Office.
For UNC System institutions proposing new degree programs:
UNC Regulation 400.1.1[R] governs the approval processes for all new baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the UNC System.
NEW* Effective July 1, 2023 the UNC System has moved to a new timeline for academic program approval by the Board of Governors. Use the following calendar to plan for new degree program requests in PREP:
Use the following forms for new degree program requests in PREP:
- PREP/API User Manual
- Request for Preliminary Authorization
- Request to Establish
- Academic Program Planning Financial Worksheet
- N.C.G.S. 116-143 requires the Board of Governors to set the tuition and fee rates at the constituent institutions of the UNC System, consistent with the actions of the General Assembly. Please review the tuition and fee rates when completing the Academic Program Planning Financial Worksheet.
- Mandatory fees for distance education students only include the Educational & Technology, Campus Security, and ASG fees.
For UNC System institutions Requesting Changes to Existing programs:
UNC System institutions requesting a change to an existing degree program may submit the following forms through the Academic Program Inventory (API):
- Request to Deliver (add online or site-based distance education or off-campus delivery)
- Request to Discontinue
- Request to Change CIP Code from Non-STEM to STEM
- Requests to change a degree program title, non-STEM CIP code, or degree awarded can be accomplished through the API without a standard form.
- Guidance on Changes to Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund – The 2023 Appropriations Act (S.L. 2023-134, Sec 8.18) included statutory changes to the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund (DPETF) program. Part 4A of Article 1 of Chapter 116 of the General Statutes was rewritten to specify that any distinguished professorship established on or after October 2, 2023 must be for scholars for degree programs in STEM subject areas.
- UNC System Enrollment and Degrees Awarded Dashboards
- Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
- Department of Homeland Security STEM Designated Degree Program list
- Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS)
- College Scorecard – U.S. Department of Education data on fields of study, costs, debt, and earnings
- NC Tower – workforce and education outcomes for graduates of North Carolina community colleges and public universities.
- NCWorks – job searches and other employment tools for NC job seekers