The process for making changes to degree program begins with the department curriculum committee and requires the approval of the division curriculum committee, the dean, the Graduate Faculty Senate, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies, prior to the approval by both the Provost and the Chancellor. Once approved by the Provost and the Chancellor, the paperwork will be forwarded to the UM System Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval and transmittal to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE).
Once the dean of the academic unit has approved the request, send the completed proposal to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Accelerated programs are based upon existing graduate degree programs. Such programs are created for high-achieving students with the ability to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree at an accelerated pace. Students in these programs will be admitted as provisional graduate students to the accelerated program and can take up to 15 hours of credit that will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (shared credits). The process for approving accelerated programs requires completing an Accelerated Degree Program Proposal and seeking approval from the appropriate department and division curriculum committees and dean. Next, the proposal should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. The proposal must be reviewed and approved by the Graduate Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost.