Establishing a New Graduate Program, Concentration or Minor
- Policy for New and Revised Graduate Degree Programs
- Policy for Online or Off-Campus Graduate Degree Programs
- Policy for Graduate Concentrations
- Policy for Graduate Minors
- Multi-Institutional Graduate Degrees (PDF)
Revisions to a Existing Graduate Program, Concentration or Minor
Revisions to existing programs typically fall into one of two categories:
- A change in the credit required for a degree is the one absolute criterion that marks a revision as substantial and requires approval by the Graduate College and report to the Board of Trustees.
- A major change in course requirements that substantially changes the content of the degree should be interpreted as a revised program or a new option under an existing degree and requires approval by the Graduate College and subsequent levels of governance.
- A change to the name of the major or degree is considered a major revision.
- Credit changed by adding or deleting a requirement for research hours and adding or deleting a requirement for an equal number of hours of course work would be a minor revision.
- Revision of an elective course listing.
- The department has discretion to revise the course requirements, the sequencing of courses, the requirements and format for master's and doctoral examinations, and the requirements for master's and doctoral theses. Changes in such requirements are generally regarded as minor. If the changes are deemed substantial, the unit will be notified that a proposal for revision of a program is required.
- Editorial revisions to the Academic Catalog description of a program
- Addition or deletion of a comprehensive examination or a qualifying examination
Process for Submission of New or Revised Program Requirements
Submit Proposals through the Course Inventory Management (CIM) system. For specific questions on using the CIM system, please contact Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a unit in the College of LAS, please do not use the CIM system. See https://las.illinois.edu/faculty/curricula for instructions on submitting your proposal.
Questions about program policy should be directed to the Graduate College Academic Affairs office.
Additional Guidance for Program Proposals
- New or Revised Graduate Degree Programs
- Graduate Programs Housed Outside of Departments
- Graduate Program Size Guidelines
- Program Proposal Criteria Matrix
- Program Proposal examples can be found on the Academic Senate agendas
- Levels of Governance (LOG) understanding the campus governance process for new and revised programs
- Graduate College Executive Committee
- Senate Educational Policy Committee
- Academic Senate
- Senates Conference
- Board of Trustees
- Illinois Board of Higher Education
Graduate Level Courses
Course development policies describe the required components of a proposal for a new course at the graduate level on the Urbana campus.
Guidelines for Course Components
- Helpful Guidelines for Proposing Courses with Differential Credit
- Guidelines for Participation/Discussion Grades for Graduate Courses
- Recommendations for Syllabi
- Facility Management & Scheduling has many course resources available on the Web
- Timeline of Submissions of New and Revised Courses for inclusion in the Course Catalog