The following is the process for new concentrations for majors and graduate degrees.
- Faculty members conceive a preliminary proposal.
- Faculty members meet with the Department Chair, School/Institute Dean and Graduate Dean as appropriate
- The Dean and Provost meet with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to assess the potential market demand for the new area and the need for market research.
- The Dean meets with the Department Chair and faculty members about marketing research components, such as competitors and modality.
- The Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management bring both the proposal and research to the Enrollment Management Group (including the President of the College).
- The Faculty Curricular Group meets and fleshes out the full proposal.
- The proposal from the Faculty Curricular Group goes to the Department Chair and Dean for feedback (iterative process).
- The Department/School/LAC curriculum committee reviews the proposal.
- The Department Chair and Dean endorse the proposal.
- The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, or Graduate Council, reviews the proposal.
- The Dean approves the proposal.
- The Provost brings the proposal to the Academic Affairs Committee and the full Board of Trustees for a vote.
- Academic assessment of needed resources, along with Admission's assessment of market demand or lack thereof, could end the process.
- If the degree is a degree that Emerson College does not currently offer, there are additional processes involving NECHE and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
- Preliminary Proposal: program description, rationale, first draft of learning outcomes, and target population served.
- Full Proposal: program description, rationale, learning outcomes, course descriptions, and proposals for new courses.