In May 2013, the Graduate Council approved guidelines for establishing graduate program outcomes (GPOs) for all graduate degree programs. It identified six areas of mastery that are common to graduate programs that reflect Berkeley Academic Senate requirements and statements on graduate education.

Through curriculum and assessment mechanisms defined by each degree program, graduate students will be able to demonstrate mastery relative to:

  • Advanced Knowledge
  • Methods
  • Research
  • Pedagogy
  • Communication
  • Professionalism

For more information, please see the Graduate Council Statement (PDF) or contact Assistant Dean Linda Song.

Curricular Maps

To implement the Graduate Council’s statement, curricular maps of each graduate degree program at Berkeley were constructed, incorporating published program requirements and information from departments obtained through a survey.

In September 2013, program faculty reviewed their degree maps to ensure accurate representation of graduate program outcomes, revised them as needed, and forwarded them to the Graduate Division.

The Graduate Division reported to the Graduate Council the results of the GPO mapping process in October 2013.