Minor revisions can be facilitated and approved by the Graduate School. The Graduate School will track your department’s minor graduate curriculum changes to ensure smooth completion of degree audits, while avoiding the need to fill out SUNY/SED forms.
In most cases, modest didactic changes to degree programs and
advanced certificates involving one-third of the program’s
total credit hours can be approved by the department, decanal unit
and the Graduate School, without approval by SUNY/SED. The
estimated timeline of approval of such changes is approximately one
to two weeks after submission to the Graduate School.
When a department seeks modest changes to their degree program or advanced certificate, they should first reach out to email@example.com to confirm that the requested changes are eligible for the minor revision process.
If the changes are recognized as "minor", the Graduate School
will prepare a Minor Curricular Change form (excel document)
with the current requirements for the program/advanced certificate
and share it with the department, with a request to populate the
remainder of the form with the desired changes.
Upon receipt of the Minor Curriculum Change form, the department completes "Section C: Proposed Curriculum" (columns e, f, g and h) to articulate the minor curriculum changes that are being requested.
Once the Minor Curriculum Change form is complete, the department then seeks electronic approval (electronic signatures or email endorsement) from the department chair and then the decanal unit.
When the approvals from both the department chair and the
decanal unit have been obtained, either the department or decanal
unit sends the completed Minor Curricular Changes form with
endorsements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the minor revision is approved by the Graduate School, a
copy of the minor revision letter and the Minor Curriculum Change
form will be sent back to the department chair, academic dean and
cognizant deans (where applicable) for future use with students,
staff and faculty.
All changes will take effect during the semester that is indicated on the Minor Curriculum Change form (cell C9 "Effective Semester of Change"). Students who are currently enrolled in the program/advanced certificate must be allowed to complete the degree/certificate as it was originally designed, when the student entered the program, but may be offered the opportunity to follow the revised curriculum if they so choose.