New Certificate Requests

Texas Administrative Code, Coordinating Board rules, Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Section 5.48 provides the criteria for establishing certificate programs at universities and health-related institutions.

Texas public universities and health-related institutions that wish to offer a new upper-division undergraduate or graduate certificate program must first notify institutions within a 50-mile radius of the proposed teaching site of the new certificate program, allow a 30-day public comment period, and resolve any objections prior to submission of a Certificate Program Certification Form. Certificate programs that require Coordinating Board approval, through a streamlined approval process include:

  • Upper-division undergraduate certificates of 21 to 36 hours in disciplinary areas where the institutions already offers an undergraduate degree program.
  • Graduate-level and professional certificates of 16 to 29 hours in disciplinary areas where the institution already offers a graduate program at the same level as the certificate.

Institutions are not required to notify the Coordinating Board when establishing new certificate programs with fewer than 21 SCH for an upper-level undergraduate and fewer than 16 SCH for graduate level certificate programs.

If your institution would like to propose a new certificate program that requires THECB approval, please submit a proposal directly to the THECB using the Coordinating Board's Certificate Program Certification Form.


For more information about new certificate requests, please contact Dr. Kevin Lemoine at