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 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, the Graduate School 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 Graduate School.
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.