The passage of Act 69 in 2012 eliminated the need for new program approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for programs offered by regionally accredited, non-profit colleges and universities that have been in continuous operation in the Commonwealth for the preceding 10 years. Institutions of Higher Education not meeting the above criteria are required to obtain approval by the Secretary of Education to offer new degree programs.
The regulations governing new degree program applications are 22. Pa. Code § 42.
An institution planning a new program should notify the Department of Education, Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education, Division of Higher & Career Education.
Please contact the Division of Higher & Career Education to request a current copy of the application form.
Application Process (PDF)
The Secretary of Education has sole authority to confer or deny approval.
Formal action on the institution's degree program application will be made by the Secretary of Education in writing. This letter constitutes authority, if conferred, for the institution to implement the program.