Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code Approval

CIP codes must be approved by NMHED for all courses and programs offered

Approval is on a “by campus” basis and not across campus systems. 
Before You Apply for a New Course CIP Code

Before completing a course CIP application, check if the desired course CIP code has been approved for the campus by reviewing the Course CIP Codes under the Reference Codes section in eDEAR (link below). If the desired CIP code is approved for the campus, then no action is required on behalf of the institution.

If the Desired Course CIP Code is NOT Approved for the Campus, Request a New CIP Code.
  1. Click "Apply for a New CIP Code" to complete and submit a course CIP code application. 
  2. When completing the online application, you will need the following:
    • Course prefix
    • Course number
    • Course suffix
    • Course description as shown in the course catalog
    • Final approval for the course (i.e. curriculum committee signed minutes are acceptable and must be attached to online application)
  3. Submit ONLY one course CIP code application per each individual course.
Course CIP Code Approval

Upon CIP code approval, P&R staff will add the new CIP code to the eDEAR system for that campus and send a confirmation email to the requesting institution. There will be no other official communication from NMHED (i.e. no letter from the Secretary, etc.). Institutions should monitor their CIP codes in the eDear system to assure accuracy. Please contact the P&R office via email at cip.reveiw@state.nm.us should any discrepancies be noted.

Which Course Changes Require a New Course CIP Code?

Do not require a new CIP code:

  • changes that do not affect their CIP code assignment or
  • changes that do not affect current tier placement
    • credits,
    • course prefix,
    • etc.

Require a new CIP code:

  • change to the structure or content of the course that makes the current CIP code inappropriate
Before you Apply for a New Program CIP Code

Before completing a program CIP application, check if the desired program CIP code has been approved for the campus by reviewing the program CIP Codes under the Reference Codes section in eDEAR (link below). If the desired CIP code is approved for the campus, then no action is required on behalf of the institution.

If the Desired Program CIP Code is NOT Approved for the Campus, Request a New CIP Code.
  1. Click "Apply for a New CIP Code" to complete and submit a program CIP code application.
  2. When completing the online application, you will need the following:
    • Description of the program as seen in the catalog
    • Course list for the program as seen in the catalog
    • Final approval for the course (i.e. governing board signed minutes are acceptable and must be attached to online application, the signed letter of approval from the NMHED Cabinet Secretary is required for associate and higher degrees)
      • NMHED and governing board approval required when you submit your program CIP application for all associate and bachelor degrees. Board of Finance approval is required when you submit a graduate degree program CIP application for graduate degrees.
  3. Submit ONLY one CIP code request application for each program. More than one program level per program CIP code request is allowed.
Program CIP Code Approval

Upon program CIP code approval, P&R staff will add the new CIP code to the eDEAR system for that campus and send a confirmation email to the requesting institution. There will be no other official communication from NMHED (i.e. no letter from the Secretary, etc.). Institutions should monitor their CIP codes in the eDear system to assure accuracy. Please contact the P&R office via email at cip.reveiw@state.nm.us should any discrepancies be noted.

Which Program Changes Require a New Program CIP Code?

Do not require a new CIP Code:

  • changes that do not affect the program level,
  • changes that do not affect the CIP code or
  • changes that do not affect the tier
    • changing required credits within the program level or
    • changes to required courses

Require a New CIP code:

  • change to the program's structure and content that makes the current CIP code inappropriate or
  • addition of a new program level 

Note: Even if the program CIP code is already approved for the campus, documentation must be submitted for new program(s) or program level(s) for the campus to ensure the program CIP code selected is accurate, and the program(s) or program level(s) are correctly noted in eDEAR. To verify approved programs/degrees in eDEAR, along with the campus and levels that have been approved, log into eDEAR and review the Degree CIP Codes under the Reference Codes section.

Apply for a New CIP Code

Is the CIP Code Already Approved?

As of May 15th, 2019, NMHED adopted an online CIP application process. Emailed applications will no longer be accepted. Contact the P&R office via email at cip.reveiw@state.nm.us for account information or if you experience issues with the Survey Monkey Apply site. Survey Monkey Apply site and CIP process helpful documents can be found below.

Survey Monkey Apply Site FAQs

CIP Process May 2019 Webinar Presentation - PowerPoint Slides

CIP Process May 2019 GoTo Meeting Recording

CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please email HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.