Graduate Academic Program Approvals

All approval processes detailed below must be completed by the end of January in order for proposed changes to become effective in May on the day following Commencement.

The Graduate School has recently implemented its GPAR electronic workflow system for use in obtaining approval of actions related to graduate degree and certificate programs, including approvals of new programs, modifications of existing programs, and elimination of programs. This electronic system replaces the paper forms previously used for routing proposals through the approval process.

When revising existing programs, it is recommended that departments review the catalog proofs available on the Graduate Catalog Proofs page so that any changes made since the publication of the previous catalog are incorporated into any additional revisions.

Graduate Degree Programs

The following approvals are required when adding, dropping, or renaming a Graduate Degree Program, or making any changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery. In each of these cases, a completed GPAR Workflow Form is required.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. CT Office of Higher Education
  6. Provost informs Registrar

Revisions to Graduate Degree programs

Revisions to existing graduate degree programs that do NOT involve any changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery require the following approvals.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School

Fields of Study and STEM Areas of Concentration (Master’s or Doctoral)

The following approvals are required when adding, dropping, or renaming a field of study or select STEM Areas of Concentration. Revisions of any kind to select STEM Areas of Concentration also require the following approvals. Revisions to fields of study that involve changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery require the following approvals as well. In each of these cases, a completed GPAR Workflow Form is required.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. CT Office of Higher Education
  6. Provost informs Registrar

Revisions to Fields of Study and Areas of Concentration

Revisions to existing fields of study and non-STEM areas of concentration that do NOT involve any changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery require the following approvals.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School

Interdisciplinary Fields of Study and Areas of Concentration

When a field of study or area of concentration is sponsored by two or more departments, approval of all departments and schools or colleges is required in addition to all other required steps.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

The following approvals are required when adding, dropping, or renaming a Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, or making any changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery. In each of these cases, a completed GPAR Workflow Form is required.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. CT Office of Higher Education
  6. Provost informs Registrar

Revisions to Certificate Programs

Revisions to existing Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates that do NOT involve any changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery require the following approvals.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School

Six Year Diplomas

The following approvals are required when adding, dropping, or renaming a Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, or making any changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School
  4. Board of Trustees
  5. CT Office of Higher Education
  6. Provost informs Registrar

Revisions to Six Year Diplomas

Revisions to existing Six Year Diplomas that do NOT involve any changes to CIP codes, designated degrees, or methods of delivery require the following approvals.

  1. Academic Department
  2. College/School
  3. The Graduate School

Subject Areas

The following approvals are required when adding, dropping, or renaming a subject area. A completed Subject Area Processing Form is required.

  1. Academic Department
  2. Dean of the College/School
  3. Provost informs Registrar