Curriculum Change Guidelines and Resources
Requests to revise graduate programs can be made to The Graduate School. Depending on the nature of the revisions, different university and UNC system state processes may be involved in approving and implementing the changes.
The Administrative Board of The Graduate School and its Academic Policy Committee (APC) oversee academic programs and policies in graduate education on campus. Generally proposals can be heard in one of six meetings in either the fall or spring semesters. Graduate School staff are also authorized to assist with curricular revisions and route approvals.
Examples of requests that would come before the Board/APC for review:
- New degree proposals
- Dual degree proposals, including dual bachelor's-graduate programs
- New certificate program proposals
- Substantial changes in graduate program content or curriculum (e.g., new concentration/track/subplan or credit hour revisions)
- Petitions to change approved substitutes for either the thesis or comprehensive exam requirements
- GRE test score waivers for whole academic programs
Examples of requests that may be handled administratively in consultation with The Graduate School:
- Minor revisions to existing degree or certificate program requirements
- Course additions and changes at the graduate level (numbered 400+) not part of a new program proposal
Syllabus Guidelines and Resources
The Administrative Board of The Graduate School offers the following guidelines and resources on course syllabi at the graduate level.
- In November 2014 the Board approved this Statement on Graduate Course Syllabi. This statement follows the Faculty Council's Resolution on guidelines for course syllabi, we well as the College of Arts and Sciences' syllabus guidelines and examples. Many professional schools and departments may have their own guidelines and templates for course syllabi as well.
- Additionally, the University requires that all schools and units be in compliance with providing a syllabus to students on the first day of classes. Certain graduate courses are exempt from this requirement.
- Please feel free to consult with other faculty or with The Graduate School on questions about course syllabi development.
- Renaming a degree or track within a graduate program
- Graduate faculty status and committee membership
- Admission suspension or program discontinuations
- Reclassification of a degree program (e.g., reporting or CIP codes)
For assistance in developing and routing a proposal, please contact the Associate Dean for Academics. We are happy to address questions and review drafts of proposals in advance of formal approvals.