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Creating a New Graduate Course

When creating a new formal graduate course, there are specific form requirements and a University level approval process.  

Faculty who wish to develop a new graduate course, but are unsure if it will be sustainable over time, are encouraged to try the course out first under a departmental special topics number.  Please consult with your department chairperson for more information on how to add your special topics course to the list of departmental offerings.

After a course has been offered under a special topics number for two semesters, it must be formally approved as a new course before it is offered for a third semester.

The first step in requesting a new graduate course is to complete the New Course Approval form.

The completed New Course Approval form along with the course syllabus, should be reviewed and approved by the department chairperson and the decanal unit.  When the course proposal is approved at the decanal level, it should then be shared with Katie Darling ( and Brittany Iannucci ( for Graduate School review. Once approved by the Graduate School, the course proposal will then be subject to a vote at the monthly Associate Dean's Graduate Council meeting, for final campus approval.

Additional Resources

Have questions?  Email Katie Darling ( and Brittany Iannucci ( for assistance.

Need syllabus guidance?

Take a look at the Graduate School's syllabus template for help creating your course syllabus.