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:

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):