To create a new option (track, concentration) within an existing major or degree:

  • Please compose and submit a memo to the committee outlining the request and the justification for requesting the new option.
  • Required courses - list by course number and title; no. of credits (may be interdisciplinary)
  • Elective courses - list number of credits describe how the option relates to the major or degree (may be interdisciplinary)

The process of approving new degrees and programs is lengthy and involves approval at the department,​ College, Campus, System, and Regents levels. Department chairs should discuss plans for a new degree with the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Student Affairs before initiating the process. Proposals for new programs and curricula (as well as all associated courses using the above course review process) must be approved by the EPCC and then passed to the Dean. Graduate programs also require approval by the CU Denver Graduate Council.

The Bachelor's degree

  • A minimum of 30 hours in total must be taken in residence at CU Denver. Individual departments may have additional and/or more stringent program requirements.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all classes taken in the CU System with no grade less than a C-. Individual departments may have additional and/or more stringent program requirements.
  • A single course may not fulfill more than two graduation requirements. Individual departments may have additional and/or more stringent program requirements.

The major

  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors require a minimum of 30 credits and no more than 56 credits in the major subject code (major discipline). Interdisciplinary and individually structured majors are exceptions.
  • A minimum of 16 upper division credits are required in the major subject code. Interdisciplinary and individually structured majors are exceptions.

Graduate Degrees

All graduate degree programs must follow the Graduate School Rules.

The Master's degree

  • Minimum credits 30, at least 24 credits must be completed at 5000 level or above.

  • If the program has a thesis, research paper or internship option as the culminating requirement, the thesis/research paper must count for three to six (3-6) credits, unless specified otherwise by individual programs. Independent study course work cannot exceed 20 percent (6 credits) of the 30 credits of coursework required for the Master's degree.

The Doctoral degree

  • Minimum credits 60, 30 must be coursework related and 30 must be dissertation credits. All courses must be completed at 5000 level or higher. (All students should check the specific requirements of their Program, since some Programs have adjusted their credit hour requirement to meet national standards)​ 

The CU Board of Regents requires that all new degree or curriculum proposals follow the established CU Board of Regents Format.