Graduate-Level Curriculum Changes

In general, there are five potential stages of review for new or revised graduate programs:

  • College level
  • External review
  • University level (Graduate Council and UO Senate)
  • Board of Trustees and state level
  • Regional accreditor (NWCCU)

The nature of the proposal will determine which stages of review are required. Refer to the chart below for guidance.

Required Approvals for Curricular Changes

New Programs or Locations

Type of ChangeCollege levelGraduate Council/SenateBoard of Trustees
and state level
External reviewNWCCU
New graduate degree programXXXXX
New location for an existing degree or certificate program (including, in some cases, online delivery of an existing on-site program)XXX X
New graduate certificate programXX   
New graduate specializationXX   

Substantive Change to Existing Degree Program

Type of ChangeCollege levelUndergraduate CouncilGraduate Council/SEnATEBoard of Trustees
and state level
External reviewNWCCU
Significant revisions to degree requirements or curricular designX X   
Discontinuation of degree or certificateX X   
Change to degree type awardedX X   
Name change for degree or certificate programX X   
New Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) using existing coursesXXX   

Other Curricular or Program Changes

Type of ChangeCollege levelGraduate CouncilBoard of Trustees
and state level
External reviewNWCCU
Discontinuation of graduate specializationX    
Discontinuation of track or concentration for existing majorX    
Name change for track, concentration, or specializationX    
Minor revisions to degree requirements or curriculumX    

Minor Revisions

Minor revisions might include small changes to:

  • Number of credits
  • Required courses
  • Minimum grade requirements
  • Restrictions

Whether a change is minor or not is determined by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School and the Graduate Council.

At any stage prior to final approval, it may be determined that changes identified as minor are, in fact, significant and subject to Graduate Council review.

All changes should be submitted to and discussed with the associate vice provost for academic excellence in the Office of the Provost and/or the associate dean of the Graduate School as soon as possible to determine the level of review required.

Proposal Procedures

The Office of the Provost has implemented CourseLeaf, a software tool which supports the development and review of course and program proposals. Please submit all new program proposals or edits to current programs on the program page in CourseLeaf.

Those with any questions should contact Ron Bramhall, associate vice provost for academic affairs ( or Carolyn Vogt, UO curriculum coordinator ( 

In general, the flow of curriculum changes is as follows: 

  1. Optional but recommended: Proposals may be informally shared with the Graduate School and/or the Office of the Provost for initial feedback in advance of formal submission.

  2. Submit proposal in Courseleaf. 

  3. Gain department-level approval.

  4. Gain college-level approval.

    • If new degree program, coordinate with Graduate School to set up external review. The report from the external review team is required before the proposal goes to Graduate Council.

  5. Graduate Council Review

    • If Graduate Council review is required, the Office of the Provost will work with the Graduate School to get it on an upcoming agenda.

      For programs that require Graduate Council review, they will be placed into one of two categories:

      • Expedited Review: No discussion by Grad Council, vote only
      • Full Review: Discussion and vote by Grad Council
    • Graduate Council will either vote on the proposal, or ask for revisions.

    • If revisions are necessary, a deadline for revised proposal will be communicated to the proposer.

    • Once approved by the Graduate Council, the Office of the Provost will coordinate final UO Senate approval and the changes will appear in the next curriculum report.

  6. For minor changes not requiring Graduate Council review, the Office of the Provost will include the changes in the next curriculum report.

Graduate Council Deadlines for 2020-21

These guidelines do not guarantee final approval by a particular date as many unknown factors can affect timelines.

Meeting DateDeadline to receive college-approved proposalsCurriculum Report
3/3/212/17/21Winter 2021
4/14/213/31/21Spring 2021
5/5/214/21/21Spring 2021


Graduate School

Jered Nagel
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Andy Karduna
Associate Dean

Office of the Provost

Ron Bramhall
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs