Intent to Plan Proposals

To increase communication, collaboration, and problem solving opportunities throughout the system and with the Board of Regents in the early stages of the program/center/institute development process, campuses must complete and submit an Intent to Plan. Intent to Plan documents will be removed from this website and considered halted upon the request of the proposing institution or after 18 months from the final review of the Intent to Plan, whichever comes first.

The submission of an Intent to Plan proposal does not guarantee the submission of a full Level II proposal, nor does the approval of an Intent to Plan proposal at any level guarantee the approval of the full Level II proposal.

Next Intent to Plan Due Date: November 26
*All Intent to Plans should be submitted to Joe Thiel.

Submission/Approval Schedules: 2019 | 2020Intent to Plan Flowchart

View the Intent to Plan form.

***TUTORIAL*** : Intent to Plan Form


Programs Under Development (Completed Intent to Plans)

Submitted September 2019 – Expiration May 2021

Montana Technological University

Statistics Option within the BS in Mathematics

University of Montana

Acting option within the Theatre BFA

Design and Technology option within the Theatre BFA

Gaming and Interactive Media option within the BFA
Associate of Science


Submitted July 2019 - Expiration March 2021

Montana State University

Center for Science, Technology, Ethics and Society

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

Montana State University Billings

Institute for Neurodiversity and Applied Behavioral Analysis

University of Montana

Masters in Natural Resources Law and Policy

Montana State University Northern

Equine Studies – Minor

Submitted June 2019 - Expiration February 2021

Montana State University

PhD in Indigenous Rural Health Equity

PhD in Exercise Science

Master of Science in Innovation and Management

Submitted May 2019 - Expiration January 2021

Montana State University

PhD in Public Policy and Administration

Master of Music with options in Music Technology and Music Education

Master of English – English Education Option

University of Montana

B.A. in Nonprofit Administration

PhD in Public Affairs

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

American Indian Governance and Policy Institute

Master of Public Policy

Submitted April 2019 - Expiration December 2020

University of Montana

Bachelor’s in Public Health

Montana Tech

Master of Science in Ecological Restoration

Submitted March 2019 - Expiration November 2020

University of Montana

A.A.S. in Addiction Studies

Submitted January 2019 – Expiration September 2020

Montana State University

Life Scholars Program

University of Montana

Concentration in Social Work within the PhD in Public Health

Submitted December 2018 – Expiration August 2020

Montana State University

M.S. in Bioengineering

Missoula College

C.T.S. in Addiction Studies

Submitted October 2018 - Expiration June 2020

University of Montana

B.A. in Linguistics
Option in Musical Theatre Performance in the B.F.A. Theatre
Ethics Minor
Department of Public Administration and Policy
Center for Population Health Research (CPHR)
A.A.S. in Paramedical Science

Submitted September 2018 - Expiration May 2020

Montana Tech

PhD in Earth Science and Engineering

University of Montana / Montana State University

Institute for Interprofessional Education

Submitted July 2018 – Expiration March 2020

Great Falls College

Cybersecurity CTS

Submitted June 2018 – Expiration February 2020

University of Montana

Youth Sports Safety Institute

Submitted May 2018 – Expiration January 2020

Montana State University

Chemical Engineering PhD
M.S. Data Science

University of Montana

B.S. Data Science

Submitted April 2018 – Expiration December 2019

Dawson Community College

Technical Skills AAS/Certificates

Montana State University

Ranch Management Program

University of Montana

Communication Sciences and Disorders Leveling Certificate
Biochemistry Program and Computer Science
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate

Submitted March 2018 – Expiration November 2019

Montana Tech

Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

Great Falls College

Cyber Security

Gallatin College

Cyber Security

Submitted February 2018 – Expiration October 2019

University of Montana - Missoula College

Accounting Technology

University of Montana – School of Social Work & Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Master of Social Work/Juris Doctorate Joint Degree

Submitted January 2018 – Expiration September 2019

Flathead Valley Community College

C.A.S. in Practical Nursing

Montana Tech

Master of Engineering
Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering (MS/MSE)

Submitted December 2017 – Expiration August 2019

                Dawson Community College

Rural Organization Employee Management (ROEM) A.A.S./Certificate

                University of Montana Western

B.S. Environmental Sustainability with an option in Environmental Interpretation

Submitted November 2017 – Expiration July 2019

Montana Tech

AAS Precision Machining Technology

Submitted October 2017 – Expiration June 2019

Montana State University Northern

Plumber/Pipefitter Associate of Applied Science