Guidelines for Proposing a Concurrent Master’s Degree Program
Provide a title page with the proposed concurrent degrees name, date, and proposing faculty.
Table of Contents (all pages must be numbered)
Title: A proposal for a concurrent degree program between the Master of [name] and the Master of [name].
Date of writing:
Proposers-Administrating Department/School (contact information):
- All proposals should contain the following items:
- A justification of the current and potential demand and need for a concurrent degree program in the fields concerned.
- A detailed discussion of the ways in which the new program integrates the subject matter and/or methodology of its constituent fields in such a way as to make it superior to consecutive separate degree programs in these fields, including an integrated capstone requirement. (Proposals which appear to be truncated versions of consecutive degree programs are unlikely to be approved.)
- A detailed description of the specifics of the program including
- admission requirements and procedure.
- one or more sample student programs illustrating normal operation of the new program. (If there are concentrations, include a sample program per concentration.)
- a chart listing 1) the number of units required for each degree separately and the percentage of units that may be shared/double-counted (no more than 25% of the total number of units if both degrees were earned sequentially); 2) the core requirements of each Master’s degree—including any required internships or electives—and their units; 3) the integrated capstone project and its units; and 4) which courses/units in completion of the one degree will be accepted by the other toward fulfilling the total number of units required for completion of the degree (the capstone project units are always part of the shared unit total).
- A detailed description of the examining procedures of the new program (the integrated capstone project).
- A description of the provisions to be made for administering the new program within the department of schools concerned, including student advising. At a minimum, an administrative committee consisting of at least one Academic Senate member from each participating unit should be established. The proposal should also be accompanied by a nomination of a Graduate Adviser for the new program. [Nomination of a specific individual is not needed in the proposal itself, but could be included in the covering / forwarding letter to the Council.] The administrative committee would be answerable to the Graduate Council through the Dean of the Graduate Division.
- A realistic estimate of how many students would be enrolled in the new program during each of its first 5 years, where they would come from, and what sources of financial support might be available. (For instance, “We expect 12 students of whom four would be from the alchemy department and six from astrology. The other two would be new admissions to both programs simultaneously. The phrenology department has promised 2 GSI appointments / year for our students.”)
- The proposed text of a statement of aims, principles, and regulations to be given to students enrolling in the program.
- A statement of faculty support for the new program from the participating units.
- If one or two programs has a Professional Degree Fee, an MOU regarding the fees to be charged and the disposition of the fees between the two academic units should be attached.
- An approved program should be reviewed at the end of its first five years of operation. How will it be reviewed by the two departments?
Please note: A minimum of five students is expected for formal establishment of the program.