Institutions of Higher Education with restricted charters or certificates of authority 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.