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 form of the Degrees Directory or contact GradCurriculum@unlv.edu. Additional Program Handbook information is available immediately below.