Graduate College

Graduate curriculum development

Academic program development includes the processes associated with the development, review, and approval of new academic programs, changes to existing programs, as well as changes to policies and procedures affecting graduate programs. Most of the rules governing academic program development arise from the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), the ASU University Senate, the University Graduate Council or Graduate College.

The Graduate Academic Programs area assists units with curriculum development, maintains graduate program archives, coordinates the activities of the University Graduate Council, and intends to serve as a resource for units regarding policy and procedures governing graduate education at ASU.

The Provost’s office also maintains a curriculum development website with links to important resources such as the curriculum workflow calendar, CAPC, University Senate meeting dates, academic plan and submission information.

Establishing a new graduate degree

The approval process for establishing a new graduate degree program is guided by the policy and procedures of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), the University, Graduate College, as well as the processes that govern faculty governance at unit and school/college/institute levels.

Step 1: Preapproval
Include the proposed graduate degree in the academic plan of your college, school or institute. These academic plans must be submitted by your dean’s office by the published deadlines. Please review the Academic Strategic Plan Cycle.

Step 2: Develop
Develop a full proposal for establishing a new master's or a doctoral degree.

The Provost’s office reviews college academic plans, and the University Academic Plan is submitted to ABOR for final approval typically by early spring semester of each academic year. Once your dean’s office is notified of the approval of your proposed program as part of the University Academic Plan, your full proposal must go through internal unit, college/school/institute and university approvals. Please submit an initial draft of your proposal to Eric Wertheimer and Amanda Morales-Calderon for preliminary review and feedback.

Step 3: Complete all necessary approvals
Complete your approvals within your unit, college/school/institute and have your dean’s office submit the final proposal as well as all supporting documents to curriculumplanning@asu.edu by the published deadlines for further university approvals.

Step 4: University Graduate Council, CAPC, University Senate and Provosts’ approval
The Provost’s office will send the final approval memo and operational parameters to your dean once the proposed program is approved. No new degree program can be implemented until the final approval comes from the Provost’s office.

Establishing a new graduate certificate

Step 1: Preapproval
Include the proposed graduate certificate in the academic plan of your college, school or institute. Academic plans must be submitted to the Provost's office by the published deadlines. Please review the Academic Strategic Plan Cycle.

Step 2: Once preapproval is received
Notification will be directly sent to the unit by the Provost’s office. Develop the full proposal to establish the proposed certificate using the establishing graduate certificates template.

Guidelines for graduate certificates can be found in the ASU Graduate Polices and Procedures.

Please submit an initial draft of your proposal to Eric Wertheimer and Amanda Morales-Calderon for preliminary review and feedback.

Step 3: Complete all necessary approvals
within your unit, college/school/institute. Your dean’s office should submit the final proposal as well as all supporting documents to curriculumplanning@asu.edu by the published deadlines for further university approvals.

Step 4: University Graduate Council, CAPC, University Senate and the Provost’s approval
The above offices constitute all approvals at the university level. The Provost’s office will send the approval memo and operational parameters to your dean once the proposed program is approved.

Establishing a new concentration under an existing graduate degree

Step 1: Preapproval
Include your proposed concentration in the academic plan of your college, school or institute. Academic plans must be submitted to the Provost’s office by the published deadlines. Please review the Academic Strategic Plan Cycle.

Step 2: Once preapproval is received
After preapproval, notification will be directly sent to the unit by the Provost’s office. Then develop the full proposal to establish the proposed concentration. New Graduate Concentration Proposal.

Please submit an initial draft of your proposal to Eric Wertheimer and Amanda Morales-Calderon for preliminary review and feedback.

Step 3: Complete all necessary approvals
After approvals within your unit, college/school/institute, have your dean’s office submit the final proposal as well as all supporting documents to curriculumplanning@asu.edu by the published deadlines for further university approvals.

Step 4: University Graduate Council, CAPC and the Provost’s approval
These constitute all approvals at the university level for concentrations. The Provost’s office will send the approval memo and operational parameters to your dean once the proposed program is approved.

Graduate academic program development forms

In order to facilitate the uniform review of proposals and to assist proposing units with the fullest possible development of their program strategies, many forms, templates and other proposal instruments have been carefully conceived and developed. Below, please find links to some of these documents. As always, you are encouraged to contact Graduate College at the earliest stages of proposal development.

New graduate degrees

To develop a full proposal to establish a new master's or a doctoral degree, click on  Proposal to Establish a New Master's Degree or Proposal to Establish a New Doctoral Degree. Information may be found under the Academic Programs section of the Curriculum Development webpage. In addition, please refer to the "establishing a new" tab above to review the steps in the process.

Establishing graduate certificates

The establishing graduate certificates template is used to propose a graduate certificate. Please refer to the "new graduate certificate" tab above to review the steps in the process.

New graduate concentration proposal

The new graduate concentration proposal is used to establish a new concentration under an existing degree. Please refer to the "new concentration" tab above to review the steps in the process. Please note that a "concentration" is a subspecialty within a degree and major which reflects that the student has fulfilled a designated, specialized course of study that will appear on the students’ transcripts. Concentrations are assigned a plan code for official reporting/record-keeping purposes.

Change request templates: existing graduate academic programs

These templates should be used when a unit is proposing changes to an already-approved academic program. Examples are: changes to the minimum required hours for a certificate or degree, changes to the culminating experience option(s) available to students in a program, or changes in the delivery format for a graduate program.

Guidelines to establish bachelor's/master's accelerated degree programs

This accelerated degree program guidelines document describes the policies and guidelines for the development and implementation of an accelerated bachelor/master's degree program, when both the degrees are existing programs. (revised October 21, 2015)

Proposal templates to establish a master's in passing (MIP)

  • no existing master's degree, This template is used when proposing to establish a Master's degree in Passing (MIP) under a PhD program that does not have a standalone master's degree in the same major as the PhD. The proposed major for the MIP must be identical to the major of the corresponding PhD program.
  • existing master's degree, This template is used when proposing to establish a Master's degree in Passing (MIP) under a PhD program that does have a standalone master's degree that already exists in the same major as the PhD.

New graduate track proposals

The new graduate track proposals form is to propose a new track for an existing graduate degree or concentration. A track is a focused area of study within a degree program and differs from a concentration because it is not formally recognized by the university, thus is not assigned a plan code for official reporting/record-keeping purposes and does not appear on the ASU transcript.

Contacts

There are multiple administrative units and personnel involved in graduate academic program development. You are encouraged to contact Graduate College representatives in the initial curricular planning stages. Below, please find contact information for Graduate College representatives, along with the Office of the Provost Curriculum Development website.

Graduate College: 

Eric Wertheimer
Associate Dean & Professor
480-727-3111
eric.wertheimer@asu.edu

Amanda Morales-Calderon
Program Coordinator Sr.
480-965-5999
amanda.morales-calderon@asu.edu

Office of the University Provost, University Curriculum Development website:

provost.asu.edu/curriculum