Graduate Curriculum Guide

The information below describes the policies and procedures related to establishing, revising, discontinuing graduate courses and programs, and information about the internal and external review processes.

Key Dates

Submissions for graduate curriculum program actions must be received by The Graduate School by November 1 for both new programs and program alterations that anticipate opening or taking effect the following academic year. Therefore, new programs or alterations to be in effect for September 1, 2018 must be received by The Graduate School by November 1, 2017.

Receipt of proposals by this date, however, does not guarantee that a curricular action will be in effect by the following academic year.  Therefore, submissions before this date are recommended.



New Course
Course alteration
Course submission system overview

All programmatic curriculur actions originate with the faculty. The review process follows the signature workflow noted on each form.

New Programs

Degree proposal
Certificate proposal
Concentration proposal
Combined (BX/MX) proposal

Program Alterations

Degree proposal
Certificate proposal
Concentration proposal
Combined (BX/MX) proposal

Program Termination


Graduate Curriculum Resources

Budget Sheet for New Programs
Graduate Policy Manual
NJ President's Council Academic Issues Committee (AIC) Manual
Sample assessment plans
External consultant guidelines and criteria (required of all new degree programs)

General questions regarding the curriculum development and review process can be directed to the appropriate associate dean in each college/school. Specific inquiries can be addressed to:

Brian Carolan, Associate Dean, The Graduate School (internal review process, trends in graduate education, proposal development)
Joanne Cote-Bonanno, Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Assessment, Academic Affairs (external review process, accreditation, certification)
Peter McAliney, Executive Director for Online and Extended Learning, Academic Affairs (online programming, competitive market analysis, program opportunity assessment)
Nicola Sullivan, Director of Administration, (budget worksheet)
Irina Koroleva, Assistant Director of Assessment, Academic Affairs (assessment plans)

Tips for Successful Program Proposals

  • Plan ahead and be aware of key submission dates
  • Proofread
  • Define all acronyms
  • Be mindful that reviewers from outside the program’s discipline will read the proposal
  • Follow the guidelines and examples for developing an Assessment Plan
  • Secure all necessary signatures, especially for those courses that are considered collateral