All IUPUI graduate and professional degree program changes require formal approval by both the school dean and the Graduate Affairs Committee. Converting existing on-campus academic programs to hybrid or online, program name changes, and credit hour changes will need further approvals.
The IU Graduate School Indianapolis must receive changes to existing programs at least two (2) weeks prior to the next regularly scheduled Graduate Affairs Committee meeting. Please check the meeting schedule posted on the website.
Changes to Existing Programs
Examples of changes to existing programs include:
- Addition or deletion of degree programs
- Changes to curriculum requirements
- Changes to program tracks or emphases
- Changes to skill or language requirements
- Changes in exam administration or policies
With the exception of converting existing on-campus academic programs to hybrid or online, program name changes, and changes to credit hours, changes to existing programs receive final approval once the GAC approves them.
Before proposing any changes, University Graduate School programs should consult the current University Graduate School Bulletin's "General Requirements" and "Academic Requirements," which provide broad outlines of university-accepted policies.
Converting existing on-campus academic programs to hybrid or online
All IU degrees and programs proposing a change that constitutes 50 percent or more of the content taught online must request approval from the IU Online program. If you haven't done so already, contact the IU Office of Online Education to begin the online approval process.
The IUPUI Graduate Affairs Committee will not review a proposal until IU Online gives its approval.
Academic program name change
Academic program name changes are considered part of the academic program approval process. Once a name change for a degree, certificate, or track/concentration/specialization has been approved by the GAC, it is reported to the trustees as an information item. In some cases, it also is reported to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education also as an information item. See the Required Approval Matrix.
The following steps are for program name changes only.
When a department has decided to propose a change to the name of an academic program, the dean of the academic unit must receive written approval from academic affairs to proceed with the development of a proposal.
The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is the taxonomic coding scheme used for instructional programs in higher education. Its purpose is to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of fields of study and program completions. The academic unit should consult with the Office of the Registrar prior to submitting the proposal to determine whether a change to the CIP code used to classify the program is recommended.
Complete the cover sheet for a program name change and send it along with a cover letter to the GAC requesting review and approval.
- Cover Letter
- Program Name Change cover sheet
Program Name Change cover sheet
The Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month between the months of August through May with the exceptions of September and December. In order for the proposal to be reviewed by the GAC, it must be received by the IU Graduate School Indianapolis no later than two (2) weeks prior to the GAC meeting.
After the GAC approves the program name change, IU name change proposals will be entered into the APPEAR system by the IU Graduate School Indianapolis and forwarded to the Academic Leadership Council.
Following ALC approval, the change of name for a degree or certificate is reported to the trustees as an information item. In some cases, it also is reported to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as an information item.
Once final approval has been given, the chief academic officer will send notification of approval to the dean of the originating unit, the Office of Communications and Marketing, the IUPUI registrar, the director of Student Financial Services, and the director of graduate admissions where the major will be coded for inclusion in the master inventory.
School representatives can review the status using APPEAR after the proposal has been submitted to the APPEAR system.