There are two types of changes to existing degree and advanced
certificate programs: minor revisions, which can be facilitated and
approved by the Graduate School's Office of Academic Services
(OAS), and major revisions, which require SUNY-Central and SED
review and approval.
In most cases, modest didactic changes involving one-third (or
less) of the program’s total credit hours are considered
minor in nature. Such changes are vetted first by the
department, then the decanal unit, and then by the Office of
Academic Services and finally by the Associate Deans Graduate
Council. Minor revisions do not require review and approval by
SUNY/SED. The estimated time line for approval of such changes is
approximately one to two weeks after formal submission to the
Office of Academic Services.
Significant changes, such as changes in degree title or type, the creation of new concentrations, or combining degrees, and large scale curricular changes (greater than one-third of the programs total credit hours) must be reviewed and approved by SUNY-Central and SED. The estimated time line for approval of such changes is approximately six to 12 months.