Graduate Curriculum Changes

Improvements to the graduate curriculum are encouraged and supported by all members of the graduate community. The Graduate College is committed to supporting the improvement of the curriculum by guiding a process that is transparent and timely. It is important that the graduate faculty guide the initiation and approval of any changes to the graduate curriculum. It is also paramount that the information provided to students is accurate. By following the processes described below we can better ensure that program information (e.g., catalog and websites) reflect the correct program requirements.

While the procedures for each type of curriculum change vary, all changes should be initiated by a graduate faculty member by submitting the appropriate documents to the Graduate College for a technical review. This can be completed via the Graduate Curricular Change Portal. Once the technical review is complete, the proposal will be returned to the developer and the respective department chair. It is then the responsibility of the department chair and the developer to route the proposal through the department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws. The college or school dean’s office will then submit the relevant documents for graduate committee and Graduate College approval. See the sections below for specifics regarding each type of curricular change.

Course Changes

Changes to course titles, descriptions, and other parameters (e.g., number of credits, prerequisites, and grading system) can be initiated by submitting a Course Change Request and the corresponding Course Change Form to the Graduate Curricular Change Portal. One or two changes to a course are acceptable. To avoid confusion, more than two changes should be completed by deleting the course and generating a corresponding new course. Once a Course Change Request is received, the Registrar and the Graduate College will complete a technical review of the request to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The Course Change Form will then be returned to the person submitting the request for routing through the department and college for approval.

Once the course change has been approved by department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws, the change form will be submitted to the Graduate Curricular Change Portal by the college or school designee (typically the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs). Only this person can submit items to be placed on the Graduate Course Review Committee agenda. The contact person for the change will be notified when the course change will be considered. However, they are not required to attend.

New Courses

New Courses can be initiated by submitting a New Course Request, the corresponding New Course form and syllabus to the the Graduate Curricular Change Portal. Once a New Course Request is received, the Registrar and the Graduate College will complete a technical review of the request to ensure that it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The New Course form will then be returned to the person submitting the request for routing through the department and college for approval.

Once the new course has been approved by the department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws, the change form will be submitted to the Graduate Course Review Committee (GCR) by the college or school designee (typically the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs) via the Graduate Curricular Change Portal. Only this person can submit items to be placed on the GCR agenda. The contact person will be notified when the new course is added to an agenda. The person proposing the new course or his/her proxy must attend the meeting to answer questions.

Catalog and Program Changes

Changes to the upcoming catalog must be approved by the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) no later than the March meeting. Any changes to a degree program, including admission requirements, degree requirements, and mode of delivery can be initiated by submitting:

Once a Program Change Request 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 form will then be returned to the person submitting the request for routing through the department and college for approval.

Once the catalog and program changes have been approved by the department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws, the change form will be submitted to the Graduate Curriculum Change Portal by the college or school designee (typically the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs). Only this person can submit items to be placed on the 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 meeting to answer questions.

Program Handbook Changes

All degree programs must have a program handbook. Handbooks are posted on the degree directory page for each degree. Changes to handbooks will be reviewed by the Graduate College associate dean to ensure it conforms to all relevant policies and guidelines. The graduate coordinator can submit changes directly to the associate dean. The updated handbook should be submitted as a Word file with changes tracked. Like the catalog, handbooks will only be updated once each academic year. Use the program handbook template for the development of new handbooks

New Degree Programs

Degree proposers should begin by reviewing the New Degree Program Proposal Process described on the Provost's website. New degree proposals must be submitted for inclusion in the NSHE/UNLV Academic Master Plan by the dean of the college. The establishment of a new graduate degree program is a lengthy, multistage process. New degree program proposals should be initiated at least 18 months prior to an expected begin term.

The first step is a pre-proposal (form and directions) that is reviewed by the Provost's Office and President's Cabinet. If approved at that stage, the submitters will be invited to initiate the new degree approval process.

This process begins by submitting the following documents via the Graduate Curricular Change Portal for a technical review:

Once a New Degree request 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 documents will then be returned to the person submitting the request for routing through the department and college for approval.

Once the new degree been approved by the department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws, the required documents will be submitted to the Graduate Curriculum Change Portal by the college or school designee (typically the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs). Only this person can submit items to be placed on the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC) agenda. The contact person for the new degree will be notified when the degree will be considered. The person proposing the new degree or his/her proxy must attend the meeting to answer questions.

The Graduate Programs Committee will typically need two meetings to consider new degree programs. The first meeting is generally Q&A regarding the proposal. This often generates questions that must be addressed by faculty and administrators in the impacted units. The subsequent meeting will provide clarification and often a motion to approve.

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

All programs must appear in the UNLV Degrees Directory. To submit information for an approved program, please visit the update page of the Degrees Directory.

New Certificate Programs

This process begins by submitting the following documents via the Graduate Curricular Change Portal for a technical review:

Once a new certificate request 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 documents will then be returned to the person submitting the request for routing through the department and college for approval.

Once the new certificate has been approved by the department and unit as specified by the unit bylaws, the required documents will be submitted to the Graduate Curriculum Change Portal by the college or school designee (typically the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs). Only this person can submit items to be placed on the Graduate Programs Committee 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 Dean and the Provost's Office for final review and implementation. No Board of Regents review or approval is necessary.

All programs must appear in the UNLV Degrees Directory. To submit information for an approved program, please visit the update page of the Degrees Directory.