Curriculum and Program Resources

Curriculum Changes

Requests for Curriculum Action are now processed in CREQ.

  • If interested in proposing graduate curriculum action, first review the guidelines governing curriculum change in the program's home college.
  • Supporting documentation (syllabus, statement of justification, cross-listing memos) should be uploaded into the CREQ system.

For more information contact Jane Schneider.

Curriculum Approval Reports

Reminders for 400/800

  • Proposals for 800-level courses that have a 400-level counterpart must include a sample syllabus clearly differentiating the work required of graduate students as opposed to undergraduate students uploaded in the CREQ system.
  • 400/800-level courses need approval of both the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the UNL Graduate Council (within the CREQ system).

Program Management

Propose a New Program

Proposal Forms

Send completed form(s) and any supporting documentation to:

Office of Graduate Studies
1100 Seaton Hall
City Campus 0619


The UNL Graduate Council, which must approve all proposals for new certificates and specializations, meets monthly during the academic year. Those proposals received by the first of each month are most likely to be reviewed by the Council that same month.

About CIP Codes

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is a taxonomy for identifying fields of study uniformly across institutions. As you prepare a proposal, consider which CIP code best fits your program and include the CIP code in your proposal. The National Center for Education Statistics provides further information to aid selection of CIP codes.

Discontinue a program

  1. Short-term: Temporarily suspend applications/admissions

    To preserve visibility during a reorganization, reevaluation, or other hiatus, we'll leave your program listed in all the usual places but add a "not currently accepting applications" note on our program summary and when the item is selected on the application form. We encourage you to add a similar note on your own college and/or department websites.
  2. B. Long-term: Close the program

    Send a note to Laurie Bellows, explaining your plans. Include a description of how you want to handle the program's existing applicants and students (we can provide lists) and how you'll communicate the change to them.

    • Suggestions for current applicants:
      • Update all viable apps to be considered for [specify other program] instead.
      • Offer applicants a choice of changing to another program or cancelling/withdrawing (may involve fee refunds).
      • Admit/deny as usual; those admitted are this program's final entry cohort.
    • Suggestions for current students:
      • Change all open matrics to [specify other program] as of the end of [current term or other term].
      • Grandfather them in so they can complete this original program as long as they don't stop out.
      • Hybrid: They have until [specify term] to complete the original program; after that change them to [specify other program].

    After confirming your plans we will put the program into "unadvertised (pending inactivation)" status--removing it from our Programs Offered lists, any program summary pages that mention it, and our application for admission--and proceed with any updates to applications or matriculations. Once all applicants and students are done, we will have the program's status officially changed to Inactive.

NU Graduate College Guidelines for Certificates

These are the broad academic guidelines that the Board of Regents have set for Graduate Certificates. (From the proposal document linked above.)
  1. Rationale. A certificate program should be designed to enhance the marketability of graduate students or to provide a service to a segment of the community through short-term graduate education.
  2. Origins. The authority to propose certificate programs resides with the faculty in disciplinary areas.
  3. Relationship to degrees. The Graduate Committee of graduate degree programs are authorized to administer approved graduate certificate programs. Students need not be admitted to a degree objective to enter a certificate program. Students enrolled in a degree program containing a certificate may earn the certificate before earning the degree. Specific admission to a certificate program does not ensure later admission to a degree program.
  4. Overlap with degrees. A student may use certificate courses toward the completion of a degree as determined by the Graduate Committee administering the certificate program.
  5. Transcript. Transcripts provided as evidence for the degree admission process are sufficient for the certificate program.
  6. Hours. A certificate program will consist of not less than 12 hours and not more than 20 hours.
  7. Admission status. Admission criteria for graduate certificate programs are expected to be as rigorous as those for degree programs.
  8. Admission process. The admission process is through the program level and the Graduate College.
  9. Post-baccalaureate or post-masters. Certificate programs must be post-baccalaureate.
  10. Single disciplinary or interdisciplinary. A certificate program may be either. If interdisciplinary, admission processes must be accomplished at the level of one of the participating departments.
  11. Administration. All certificate programs are administered through the Graduate College.
  12. Course restrictions. All courses must be approved graduate-level courses and students must maintain the same academic standing as imposed by the degree program. In order to qualify for expedited review, only existing courses may be used as curriculum in the certificate program, and no new courses may be created. Note: Expedited review is faster and has fewer layers of approval beyond the campus.
  13. Duration. The time limit for the certificate program is the same as for the masters degree program.
  14. Financial assistance. Only degree objective students are eligible for financial assistance.
  15. Review/Approval Process. Proposals originate at the unit/college level and are forwarded to the Graduate College for consideration. The expedited approval process for certificates at UNL extends through the UN Executive Graduate Council. Certificate programs requiring new courses or other significant new resources may have to be approved by the Board of Regents and the Coordinating Commission on Post-Secondary Education.