If you’re establishing or amending a graduate course, you will need to submit a Course & Program Action Form. Please note, individual schools and colleges may have forms specific to their school/college. Please check with your Dean's Office to determine the appropriate form to use.
If the course change is part of a program proposal, the form can be submitted as part of the program proposal. Please visit our Developing or Amending a Graduate Program page.
If you are changing the course outside of a program proposal, please submit the Course & Program Action Form to the Graduate Course-Program Changes email at [email protected] once all necessary approval signatures are obtained.
Course & Program Action Forms should include course syllabi for any course changes and be submitted as a Word document preferably. All signatures (electronic or hard-copy) should be included on the form. If the course is cross-listed with another department, the signature from the other department is also required. School/College approval is required in addition to departmental approval.
Course Syllabus Guide
Course syllabus requirements exist in various policies and regulations at the New York State level, within the SUNY System and at the University at Albany, by level of study and/or academic unit.
This guide defers authority on syllabus content and practices to applicable existing regulations and units. It does not replace existing regulations or expectations but is provided to serve as a secondary resource and guide to faculty and academic units.
Each section below denotes which items are required by State or SUNY regulations to be included in syllabi. Instructors should ensure that the syllabus is ADA compliant.
Keeping syllabi updated is a good practice for multiple reasons, including:
The process for establishing or amending an academic program often require the submission of course syllabi.
A syllabus must be provided to all registered students in a course and made available for advance review by prospective registrants.
Please include the name of the syllabus author and date on the bottom of each syllabus. The Graduate School has created a Graduate Course Syllabus Template for departments and instructors to use.