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Program and Curriculum Changes

The Graduate School (TGS) oversees doctoral and academic Master's programs and curricula, as well as the curricula of MFA programs in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication.

The Graduate Curriculum Review Chart at the bottom of this page summarizes which kinds of proposals require approval by: school/college curriculum committees; TGS; the Graduate Faculty; TGS's Administrative Board; and/or the Office of the Provost. In all cases, review by school/college curriculum committees or TGS is the first step in the process.


In many cases, review by school/college curriculum committees should proceed review by TGS. Please check with your school’s committee regarding their timeline for review. TGS’s Administrative Board reviews proposals at fall, winter, and spring meetings. If implementation of your proposal is time-sensitive, consult with TGS’s Academic Affairs as soon as possible about the necessary lead time for implementation. Proposals should be submitted to TGS’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs by the following deadlines for the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • Fall quarter review, October 6, 2017
  • Winter quarter review, February 2, 2018
  • Spring quarter review, April 20, 2018

Changes to existing clusters and certificates, as well as the introduction of new clusters and certificates, may be implemented as soon as the quarter following the term in which approval is granted. Proposals for new courses should be reviewed at least two quarters prior to the first term in which the course will be offered.

New degree programs must also be approved by the Office of the Provost before program set-up may begin, requiring a lead-time of up to 18 months to be developed. For additional information on this process, please refer to the New Program Development page on the Office of the Provost’s website.

New Degrees, Clusters and Certificates

Proposals for new or revised degrees, clusters, and certificates must be submitted to TGS using the appropriate template. These include:

Course Additions, Deletions or Modifications

The procedure to add, modify or delete courses for graduate credit varies by school. In most cases, these proposals should be submitted to school/college curriculum committees. The following types of proposal require the approval of TGS and its Administrative Board:

Programs in the following schools should work directly with their curriculum committees in order to propose new program-specific courses or changes to already-existing courses meant to count toward the degree:

The Office of the Registrar provides a quarterly class schedule proof to programs. Programs are responsible for reflecting the graduate curriculum on their own program websites. TGS does not list courses for each program.

Hyperlinks to TGS templates are included Sequence for Review
TGS Review Graduate Faculty

TGS Administrative
Board Approval

Office of Provost Approval
Degrees New masters or doctoral program N/A
Curricular modification for existing TGS masters and doctoral programs (number of courses, type  of offerings, requirements, etc.) N/A ✓* N/A
Clusters and Certificates New graduate cluster or certificate N/A N/A
Curricular modification (number of courses, type of offerings, requirements, etc.) N/A ✓* N/A
Courses New required course (program-specific, non-interdisciplinary WCAS, SoC, Music, SESP, Kellogg, McC) N/A N/A
New required course (Feinberg, TGS-exclusive, cross-school, and dual degree programs) † N/A N/A N/A
New elective course (program-specific, non-interdisciplinary WCAS, SoC, Music, SESP, Kellogg, McC) N/A N/A N/A N/A
New elective course (Feinberg, TGS-exclusive, cross-school, and dual degree programs) † N/A N/A N/A

N/A: not applicable
* Only if the change represents a significant curricular overhaul (consult with TGS Academic Affairs for advice)
† Inclusive of: All Feinberg programs, NUIN, IBiS, Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Applied Physics, Tech & Social Behavior, Plant Biology and Conservation.