Major Revision of Existing Programs

Major revisions to existing degree programs and advance certificates require SUNY-Central and SED review and approval, prior to implementation.

There are two types of major revisions:

  1. Changing an existing program/advanced certificate.
  2. Creating a new program from an existing program/advanced certificate.

UB must receive SUNY/SED approval for the following types of changes:

  • Cumulative change from the last SED approval of the registered program of one-third or more of the minimum credits required for the award.
  • Changes in the program’s focus, or design including a change in the program’s major disciplinary area.
  • Adding or eliminating one or more concentrations.
  • Adding or eliminating an internship, clinical placement, cooperative education or other work- or field-based experience.
  • A change in the program title or award.
  • Addition of an on-line learning format.
  • Creating a multi-award program (also known as a dual-degree program) from existing registered programs.
  • Creating a multi-institution program (also known as a jointly registered program or joint degree) from existing registered programs at two or more institutions.
  • Creating a new program from an existing concentration in an existing registered program.

Please review the SUNY Guide to Academic Program Planning for more detailed information.

Step 1: Completion of the SUNY program revision proposal form

The first step in a major revision of an existing program/certificate, or the creation of a new program from an existing program/certificate is the completion of the proper form, to be approved by the respective decanal unit, the Associate Dean's Graduate Council (ADGC) and the Graduate School, before it is sent to SUNY-Central.

SUNY-Central has two different forms associate with such changes:

  1. Program Revision Proposal: Changes to an Existing Program, (SUNY form 3A)
  2. Program Revision Proposal: Creating a New Program from Existing Programs, (SUNY form 3B)

We recommended that you request a consultation with Katie Darling, associate dean for academic services (kdarling@buffalo.edu) prior to completing the SUNY Program Revision Proposal form. Please copy Brittany Iannucci, academic services coordinator (bai2@buffalo.edu) on any such requests.

Step 2: Obtaining campus level approvals

When the final proposal is approved at the decanal level, it should then be shared with grad-academic-services@buffalo.edu for review by the Graduate School. Once approved, the program revision proposal will then be subject to a vote at the monthly ADGC meeting, for formal campus approval.

Step 3: SUNY-Central review

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

Step 4: SED review

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

When the program revision 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.

Major Revision of Existing Program or Advanced Certificate 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.