Step II: Graduate Full Proposals for Program Changes

After a division has added the intent to create a new academic degree program or unit by adding it to the Five-Year Perspectives, changing the name of an existing program, or transferring, consolidating, discontinuing, and disestablishing (TCDD) an existing program to the Five Year Perspectives, further steps for program development will begin. 

Graduate Program Actions:

The Graduate Academic Programs Office is a central resource to facilitate the development and approval of new graduate degree programs. Anyone considering creating a new academic program should contact Celina Mojica, the Director of Academic Initiatives, Graduate Division, for a preliminary discussion of the process and to schedule a meeting with the Graduate Dean.

After consultation with the Graduate Academic Programs Office, divisions will additionally need to contact Dyonne Bergeron, Vice-Chancellor Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Office of Inclusive Excellence, to develop a diversity plan, a requirement for all new programs and school proposals. You may also find the template below.

For a financial plan, divisions will need to contact Katherine Warnke-Carpenter, Principal Financial Analyst, Division of Finance and Administration. A template is available below.


Creating a New Program

 Self-Supporting Graduate Professional Degree Program (SSGPDP)

Program Name Changes

Transfer, Consolidation, Disestablishment, Discontinuance (TCDD) of a Program, Unit, or School

Timeline for New Graduate Degree Program

Continued on Step 6

1. Faculty Develops Proposal (Add to 5YP)

Begins approximately two-years from Step I.

2. Faculty Votes on Proposal

3. Resource Analysis from the Dean/Program Chair

4. Endorsement of Resources from Provost/EVC

5. Letter of Support

For the Diversity Plan from Office of Inclusive Excellence 

Continued on Step 11

6. Senate Transmits for Review

Four different reviews are conducted:

  • GC (Lead Review)
  • CPB Review
  • Other Councils Review
  • CEI (Diversity Plan) Review

7. Cabinet Endorsement

8. Divisional Assembly Endorsement

9. UCI Chancellor Proposal

Chancellor transmits proposal to UC Provost Office and CCGA.

10. Senate Notifies UC Provost & CCGA

DAP will also submit a substantive change screening form to initiate WSCUC review.

11. Review by UC Provost

If proposal is approved, it is sent to the UC President for approval. This is then followed by a CCGA review with a 4-6 meeting process.

12. Approval

Systemwide Academic Senate notifies all related units upon approval, following Presidential approval. UCOP will transmit approval letter, resulting in program admission of new students.

Alternative New Graduate Degree Program Timeline visualization here: New Graduate Degree Program Timeline