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New Advanced Certificate Proposal

Faculty who wish to develop a new advanced certificate are encouraged to work closely with the Graduate School from the beginning of the proposal process. We can advise on how to create a proposal that will ensure quality delivery, and garner speedy review and approval.

New advanced certificates must be approved by the home department, the decanal unit, the Graduate School, the Associate Dean's Graduate Council (ADGC), SUNY-Central in Albany and the State Education Department (SED). Please review the SUNY Guide to Academic Program Planning as you move through this process.

*Note that the process for obtaining a new degree program is different than obtaining a new advanced certificate. Visit our New Degree Program Proposal page for more information.

Step 1: Composition of the formal advanced certificate proposal

Unlike a new degree program proposal, a new advanced certificate proposal does not require a Letter of Intent (LOI), nor does it require an external evaluation and a campus site visit. Department chairs submit the New Graduate Certificate Program Proposal (SUNY form 2C)* directly to their cognizant deans.

Careful review and revision of a draft advanced certificate proposal at the campus level can prevent unnecessary delays in SUNY-Central and SED reviews. Departments should ensure that all applicable items have responses, that all responses are accurate, complete and clear, and that all required information is part of the proposal and easy for reviewers to find.

When the final proposal is approved at the decanal level, it should then be shared with Katie Darling, associate dean for academic services (kdarling@buffalo.edu) and Brittany Iannucci, academic services coordinator (bai2@buffalo.edu), for review by the Graduate School. Once approved, the proposal will then be subject to a vote at the monthly ADGC meeting, for formal campus approval.

*Depending on the nature of the advanced certificate, you may also be required to submit supplemental forms, please review the SUNY website for more information.

Step 2: SUNY-Central review

Following approval by the ADGC, Katie Darling will submit the final advanced certificate proposal to SUNY-Central for review. The assigned campus reviewer at SUNY-Central will work with Katie, where necessary, until the advanced certificate is approved. Each advanced certificate proposal is reviewed in terms of SUNY policy and priorities as well as mission, market and quality. SUNY-Central generally responds to new advanced certificate proposals within 60 days.

Step 3: SED review

After its approval by SUNY-Central, the advanced certificate proposal is sent to SED for review. The assigned campus reviewer at SED will work with Katie Darling, where necessary, until the advanced certificate is approved.

When the advanced certificate proposal is approved, SED will notify Katie, who will share the SED Approval Letter with all interested parties. SED review can take up to one year.

New Advanced Certificate Development and Review Process Chart

OAS - The Graduate School's Office of Academic Services
ADGC - Associate Dean's Graduate Council

Questions? Please check our Program Proposal FAQs page.