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2. Changes to Existing Programs

Before implementing changes to curriculum and other program requirements, chairs should inform the Graduate School to ensure that program information and degree audits are accurate.

2.1. Major revisions

The Graduate School must approve requests for substantive revisions that affect the scope or nature of the program. These include:

  • A new mission or focus, including change of program name*
  • Modifications to admission requirements
  • Change in the number of required credit hours*
  • Alteration of candidacy requirements for Ph.D. programs.
  • Addition of a new sub-plan or cancellation of an existing one.
  • The provision of half or more of instruction online.
  • For interdepartmental programs, the withdrawal of a collaborating department or program, or the participation of a new academic unit.

Program chairs should submit a detailed explanation that discusses the difference between the existing and revised programs, the rationale, anticipated impact, and confirmation of faculty approval. Chairs or directors of all units involved in the program must provide written approval to the Graduate School. Major revisions may require review by the Rackham Executive Board. Revisions noted with an asterisk (*) require notification of the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU).

2.2. Minor modifications

Modifications that do not require approval but must be reported to Rackham OARD for degree audit purposes include:

  • Revisions to cognate requirements.
  • Changes to foreign language requirements.
  • Revisions to thesis/capstone project requirements.

Minor changes that do not need reporting include:

  • Introduction of a new core course to replace an existing one.
  • Course changes that do not affect the number of required credit hours.