New certificates, degrees and graduate programs, including articulation arrangements with other institutions, must be approved by The Graduate School. Many proposals also require approval by the SUNY-system and NYSED. Normally, departments/programs will begin the process by consulting with The Graduate School staff to assemble the information necessary for review.
New Advanced Graduate ("campus") Certificates must be approved by The Graduate School (including the Graduate Council), and then, via The Graduate School, approved and registered with the SUNY-System and NYSED. A signed cover letter and the completed SUNY proposal form must be sent to the SUNY Provost at email@example.com. The completed form and appended items should be sent as a single, continuously paginated document, following SUNY's 2014-updated instructions. Once the proposal has been initially submitted to The Graduate School, the process requires a year or more for completion.
Further guidance on Academic Planning is available on the SUNY website.
New Graduate Degrees must first be approved by The Graduate School, which includes the Vice Provost & Dean of The Graduate School and Graduate Council (after initial review by the Curriculum Committee). A market analysis and a business plan are required. The Graduate School may assist with these, but the requirement is the responsibility of those making the proposal.
Beginning in 2014, SUNY and NYSED require the completion of newly-implemented proposal forms for the submission, approval, and registration of a New Graduate Degree Program Proposal.
1. Letter of Intent to Propose a New Graduate Degree
The SUNY-system first requires the submission of the Letter Of Intent: Graduate Degree Program Form (notification that is sent out to SUNY campuses). The Graduate School will assist in preparing the Letter, as well as submitting it to the SUNY-system. Before embarking on the preparation of a LOI, please discuss your ideas with the Dean of your unit and the Dean of The Graduate School. Before embarking on the preparation of the LOI, please discuss your ideas with the Dean of your unit and the Dean of The Graduate School.
Upon completion of a draft of the LOI, please send an electronic copy to The Graduate School.
2. Formal Proposal
The New Program Proposal: Graduate Degree Program Form will be sent to the Dean of the Graduate School with any appended items required for the specific degree. It should be submitted as a single, continuously paginated document. Both SUNY and NYSED also require external evaluation of all proposed Graduate Degree Programs by one or more SUNY-approved evaluators. An External Evaluation Report Form for each evaluation must be appended at the end of the Proposal Form.
After approval of the formal proposal by The Graduate School (including the Graduate Council) and the Provost , the Faculty Senate (which includes the EPPC and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee) reviews the proposal. After review by the Faculty Senate, The Graduate School submits the formal proposal to SUNY system, which in turn submits it to the NYS Education Department. Both must approve the formal proposal. Provided that the original proposal meets the standards of the various levels of scrutiny, that process generally requires about one year. New graduate programs require a site review by external evaluators approved by the SUNY system.
Revisions to graduate degrees must be approved by The Graduate School. Depending on the type and extent of revision, approval by SUNY and NYSED may also be required. Revisions cannot be posted or advertised if they haven't been approved. Please use the SUNY guidelines provided when drafting the proposal and submit your proposal to the Associate Dean of The Graduate School.
The proposal will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee and also by the Graduate Council. Policy and procedural revisions to graduate programs, such as grievance procedures, exam deadlines and policies, and academic probation policies, should also be discussed with The Graduate School. The Graduate School can assist with ensuring that programs are aligned with national best practices in graduate education.
In certain cases, SUNY approval and NYSED registration will be required before any changes take effect. In these cases, the Program Revision Proposal: Changes to an Existing Program Form will be necessary.
Also requiring approval and registration: any changes that combine existing programs to create new programs (including 3/2 or 4/1 programs and multi-institution programs)/ For these, the Program Revision Proposal for Creating New Program(s) from Existing Program(s) Form is required.
Articulation agreements (between any Binghamton University department/school and an external department/school/university) must be approved by The Graduate School and may require additional approvals, depending on the type of arrangement and institutions involved. Articulation agreements include the exchange of graduate students between institutions without paying additional tuition and must follow SUNY-system guidelines.
Last Updated: 2/19/14