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Graduate Curriculum

Resources for Creating and Changing Courses & Programs

The Graduate College is committed to promoting graduate curricular excellence. From collaboration on the development of impactful new courses, certificates, and programs, to encouraging thoughtful changes to improve existing curriculum, the Graduate College’s review processes are transparent and timely. Our role is to support faculty who design, build, implement, and own the graduate curriculum.

The processes and practices outlined on this page are designed to recognize and reinforce the following principles:

  1. The graduate faculty is responsible for and owns the graduate curriculum.
  2. Graduate faculty initiate and approve new courses and programs, as well as changes to the graduate curriculum.
  3. The graduate curriculum is designed to effectively educate, train, and mentor our graduate students to ensure success in their graduate programs and careers.
  4. Student success depends on clarity of expectations, and consistent, accurate information. The Graduate College publishes an annual Graduate Catalog containing the official graduate curriculum, and strives to ensure that no other websites or resources contain course lists or program requirements so that there’s no duplication or discrepancies. Maintaining a single source of perspicuous curricular information is a student-centered approach.

We manage the graduate curriculum through Curriculog, an online system for the creation, submission, routing, review, approval, and tracking of all course and program proposals. Faculty may sign-in to Currulog using their UNLV ACE account. Curriculog streamlines curriculum submission, review, and approval and makes processes accessible and transparent.

Course Changes

Changes to course titles, descriptions, and other requirements (e.g., number of credits, prerequisites, grading system, etc.) are initiated by submitting a Graduate Course Change proposal through Curriculog. Proposers may change one or two elements of a course using a change form. Generally, more than two changes should be completed by deleting the course (through completing a Graduate Course Delete proposal) and generating a corresponding new course. Once a Graduate Course Change proposal is received, the Graduate College and Office of the Registrar will complete a technical review of the request to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The Graduate Course Change proposal will then automatically route through the appropriate department and unit for approval.

Once the course change has been approved by the department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws, the change proposal will be added to the upcoming Graduate Course Review Committee (GCRC) agenda. The proposal originator will be notified when the course change will be considered and may be asked to attend the GCRC meeting to present the change(s) to the committee. Course changes must be approved by the GCRC no later than the May meeting in order to be included in the new Graduate Catalog published each summer.

New Courses

New Course proposals are submitted by initiating a Graduate Course Create proposal in Curriculog. Once received, the Graduate College and Office of the Registrar will complete a technical review of the request to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The Graduate Course Create proposal will then automatically route through the appropriate department and unit for approval.

Once the new course has been approved by the department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws, the proposal will be added to the next GCRC agenda. The proposal originator will be notified when the new course proposal is added to an agenda. The person proposing the new course or her/his proxy must attend the meeting to answer any committee questions.

New course proposals must be approved by the GCRC no later than the May meeting in order to be included in the new Graduate Catalog published each summer.

Program Changes

Once a program change proposal is received, the Graduate College will complete a technical review of the request to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The program change proposal will then automatically route to the appropriate department and unit for approval.

Once the catalog and program changes have been approved by the department as specified by the unit bylaws, the proposal will be added to the next GPC agenda. The contact person for the proposed change will be notified when the agenda is available. The person proposing the change or his/her proxy must attend the GPC meeting to answer committee questions.

Changes must be approved by the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) no later than the April meeting to be included in the new Graduate Catalog published each summer. Please note that the Graduate Catalog is the document of record for all UNLV Graduate Programs. Any changes to a degree program, including admission requirements, degree requirements, and mode of delivery are required to be submitted as program change proposals in Curriculog.

New Degree Programs

New degrees must be included on the NSHE/UNLV Academic Master Plan before they may be proposed. Degree proposers should begin by reviewing the New Degree Program Proposal Process described on the Provost's website. The establishment of a new graduate degree program is a multistage process. New degree program proposals should be initiated at least 18 months prior to your desired first admit term.

If you are proposing an inter/transdisciplinary program, please contact the Graduate College.

The first step is a pre-proposal (directions and additional information) that is reviewed by the Provost's Office, Graduate College Dean, and other campus leadership as appropriate. If approved at that stage, the submitters will be invited to initiate the full new degree proposal.

The full new degree proposal process begins by submitting a Graduate Program Create proposal in Curriculog. The following documents should be uploaded to the proposal within Curriculog:

Once a Graduate Program Create proposal is received, the Graduate College will complete a technical review of the documents to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The proposal will then automatically route to the appropriate department and unit for approval.

Once the new degree has been approved by the department and College, as specified by unit bylaws, the proposal will be added to the next GPC agenda. The proposal originator will be notified when the degree will be reviewed by the GPC committee. The person proposing the new degree or his/her proxy must attend the meeting to answer questions about the proposal.

The committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the Provost's Office. From there, if approved, the program will be proposed to the NSHE Academic Affairs Council (AAC). If approved by the AAC, the new program will be placed on the agenda for the following Board of Regents meeting.

Once approved, there is a campus-wide process to “build” and implement the degree. For example, one important step is gathering materials for the UNLV Degrees Directory. All degrees and certificates must appear in the UNLV Degrees Directory with 5 current, representative syllabi and a program handbook.To submit information for an approved program, please visit the update page of the Degrees Directory or contact GradCurriculum@unlv.edu. Additional Program Handbook information is available immediately below.

Program Holds and Eliminations

For more information about program holds and eliminations, please read the Graduate Program, Degree, Track/Strand Deactivation Request section of the Academic Program Actions & Processes page.

Certificate Programs

New Certificate Programs

This process begins by submitting a Graduate Certificate Create proposal through Curriculog. The following documents should be uploaded to the proposal within Curriculog:

Once a Graduate Certificate Create proposal is received, the Graduate College will complete a technical review of the documents to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines (for example, a minimum of 12 graduate credits). The proposal will then automatically route to the appropriate department/school and college for sequential approval.

When the new certificate has been approved by the department and college as specified by the unit bylaws, the proposal will be added to the upcoming GPC agenda. The contact person for the new certificate will be notified when the agenda is available. The person proposing the new certificate or his/her proxy must attend the meeting to answer questions. If approved, it is recommended to the Graduate College Dean and the Provost's Office for final review and implementation. No Board of Regents review or approval is necessary for certificates under 30 credit hours.

All certificates must appear in the UNLV Degrees Directory. Certificates must have a minimum of 4 current, representative syllabi. A handbook is not required. To submit information for an approved program, please visit the update page of the Degrees Directory or email GradCurriculum@unlv.edu.

Changes to Certificate Programs

Once a certificate change proposal is received, the Graduate College will complete a technical review of the request to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The certificate change proposal will then automatically route to the appropriate department and unit for approval.

Once the catalog and certificate changes have been approved by the department as specified by the unit bylaws, the proposal will be added to the next GPC agenda. The contact person for the proposed change will be notified when the agenda is available. The person proposing the change or his/her proxy must attend the GPC meeting to answer committee questions.

Changes must be approved by the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) no later than the April meeting to be included in the new Graduate Catalog published each summer. Please note that the Graduate Catalog is the document of record for all UNLV graduate certificates. Any changes to a certificate, including admission requirements, certificate requirements, and mode of delivery are required to be submitted as program change proposals in Curriculog.

Program Handbooks

All degree programs must have a program handbook; they are not required for graduate certificates. Handbooks are posted on the Degrees Directory page for each degree. Faculty should use the program handbook template and program guidelines document for the development of new handbooks and the updates to existing handbooks. Handbooks and handbook edits must be submitted to GradAssociateDean@UNLV.edu as an MS Word file (.doc or .docx) with changes tracked. Handbooks are then reviewed by the Graduate College associate dean to ensure that they conform with all relevant policies and guidelines. Like the Graduate Catalog, handbooks will only be updated once each academic year in late spring for summer e-printing.