Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs
Proposals for formally registered combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs that will result in the award of multiple degrees to students are referred to in SUNY Guidelines as “Multi-Award Programs.” Proposal content requirements for multi-award proposals are detailed in the SUNY Guidelines. Assuming that multi-award undergraduate/graduate proposals couple existing degree programs, the procedural review requirements are abbreviated in comparison to those for entirely new degree programs.
Step-by-step procedures – Approvals implied at all steps
- A Proposal to establish a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program is prepared according to SUNY Guidelines and directed from the originating departments or committee to the school or college dean(s).
- The school or college dean(s) may seek consideration of the Proposal by school/college governance bodies. The school/college dean(s) endorse the Proposal and transmit it to the Provost.
- The Provost forwards the Proposal to the Undergraduate and Graduate Deans for consideration and transmittal to governance. The Graduate Dean’s Office will forward the Proposal to (1) the University Planning & Policy Council (UPC) for consideration in regard to (a) harmony with campus mission and (b) resource implications, as well as to the Graduate Academic Council (GAC) for consideration of its academic plan. The Undergraduate Dean will similarly forward the Proposal to the Undergraduate Academic Council (UAC) for consideration of its academic plan.
- Upon approval by UPC, GAC &UAC, the Proposal shall be prepared by the Undergraduate or Graduate Dean’s Office as a bill for joint introduction to the Senate by the three councils.
- Upon Senate approval, the bill will be forwarded to the Provost and President for final campus consideration.
- Upon Presidential approval the Undergraduate or Graduate Dean’s Office shall prepare correspondence to the SUNY System Provost for transmittal of the Proposal by the President or UAlbany Provost.
- The SUNY Provost will forward the Proposal to the NYS Education Department (SED) for consideration, final approval and registration.
- SED will notify the SUNY Provost upon final approval and registration. The SUNY Provost will, in turn, notify the campus President. The President’s Office will forward the approval notice to the campus Provost who will, in turn, direct it to the Undergraduate and Graduate Deans for implementation purposes. The Graduate Dean’s Office will notify the school/college dean(s), the initiating department(s), and all appropriate administrative units for program activation purposes.