Creating/Modifying Programs

The Graduate School’s Office of Academic Affairs and Planning coordinates the reviews of new graduate program proposals. Proposal flowcharts in each category below outline the approval process for each type of program (degree, certificate, degree option, combined undergraduate/graduate program).

For general questions and document submission by email:

Guidelines for Creating Graduate Programs

Guidelines for Modifying Graduate Programs

General Information

Advancing Equity in Graduate Programs

As part of the Graduate School’s goal to advance excellence, inclusion and equity, the Office of Academic Affairs offers this resource for graduate program faculty and staff. Based on the Equity Audit framework developed by the Graduate School’s Office of Equity & Justice in Graduate Programs as well as examples from UW graduate programs, it is intended for faculty and staff to consult for ideas on advancing equity throughout all stages of the graduate program lifecycle. However, it is not an exhaustive list and graduate programs are encouraged to develop their own additional practices as well.

Download our Equity in Graduate Programs guide