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Changes to Existing Rackham Programs

In order to ensure that degree audits and published program information are accurate, the Graduate School must be informed of revisions to program curriculum and changes to requirements. Major changes require review and approval by the Graduate School before they can be implemented.

Major Changes

The Graduate School must review and approve requests for substantive revisions to program curriculum and requirements. Such changes affect the scope or nature of the degree or certificate program. Extensive revisions may require review by the Rackham Executive Board. Major changes include:

  • A new mission or focus, including change of the program name.
  • Modifications to admission requirements.
  • Any change that has implications for the level or nature of student career prospects.
  • Change in the number of required credit hours.
  • Addition of a new plan or cancellation of an existing one.
  • Alteration of candidacy requirements for Ph.D. programs.
  • A revision to provide half or more of instruction through distance learning.
  • A relaxation of requirements for training in quantitative methods.
  • The end of the participation of a collaborating program, or the participation of a new department or program in an interdisciplinary graduate program.

To seek approval for a substantive change, submit a detailed explanation that discusses the difference between the existing and revised programs, the rationale, anticipated results, and the process used to seek faculty approval. Directors or chairs of other programs involved in the program must be informed of the proposed changes and provide written approval to the Graduate School. Requests and supporting documentation should be sent to Assistant Dean John Godfrey.

Minor Changes

Consultation is available for minor changes to program curriculum but review is not required. Changes that must be reported to Rackham Academic Records and Dissertations for degree audit purposes but do not require review and approval include:

  • Revisions to cognate requirements.
  • Changes in foreign language requirements.
  • Revisions to thesis/capstone project requirements for a master’s program.
  • Addition of a new sub-plan or cancellation of an existing one.

Minor changes that can be made without reporting include:

  • Introduction of a new core course to replace an existing one.
  • Changes in courses that do not affect the number of required credit hours.
  • Minor curriculum changes in response to recommendations by an external review or to meet accreditation requirements.