Graduate Degree, Certificate, or Designated Emphasis Proposals
All graduate degree, certificate, or designated emphasis proposals begin with a preliminary review by the Graduate Division in preparation for the first step in the graduate program approval process: the Graduate Council. Contact Graduate Division’s Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Linda Song, at 643-7412, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2021 update for new degree proposals
Due to increasing interest in developing new degree programs, the Graduate Division is implementing the following procedure to help us review proposals in a fair and transparent manner.
- When departments are certain that they are ready to proceed with proposal development and review, they are asked to complete this Intent to Propose a New Degree Survey. We are currently receiving multiple requests, and we need to prioritize them. It is therefore of paramount importance that proposers fill out this survey carefully.
- For SSGPDP proposals only: Assistant Dean Linda Song will then follow up with proposers to assess readiness to prepare a 1-2 page summary for your Dean to present to the Council of Deans (COD). Graduate Division will work with proposers on their summary to COD.
- Graduate Division will then make every attempt to conduct timely and comprehensive reviews of proposals before they are forwarded to the Graduate Council for consideration. This is a labor-intensive process that typically takes several rounds, and a timely and successful review is strongly dependent on proposers. The omission of required information or careless presentation could result in delayed review of a proposal. Given the increased workload of Graduate Division and Graduate Council at this time, proposers should be both diligent and patient, and have a back-up timeline in place for launching the program.
Please contact Assistant Dean Song (email@example.com) if you have any questions, including questions about degree proposal requirements and/or the process. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Proposal guidelines and information
- New State-Supported Degrees
- New Self-Supporting Degrees
- Concurrent Master’s Degrees Program
- Designated Emphasis
- Discontinuing a Degree Program or a Designated Emphasis
What is the review process and how long does it take?
Preparing the proposal:
- Program proposals: Linda Song, Graduate Division Assistant Dean, 643-7412, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Self-supporting program budget proposal and information: Aaron Smyth, Campus Finance Lead for Student Fees, 643-9595, email@example.com
- Market assessment of program demand: Chris Stawski, Analyst, 663-1462, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is the proposal in the approval process?
- Academic Senate Review progress: Sumei Quiggle, Academic Senate Associate Director, 643-5460, email@example.com
- Systemwide Review progress: Kira Blaisdell-Sloan, Office of Planning and Analysis Institutional Research Analyst, 642-1300, firstname.lastname@example.org
- WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) review: Cindy Bumgarner, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, 644-7822, email@example.com