Course and Program Proposals

New Course Proposals
Selected Reading, Special Topic or Other Untitled Course (898, 899s)
New Graduate Program Proposals
Instructions for Submission of Credit Unit Requirements of a Graduate Program
Program Modifications
Current Program Proposals
Recently Approved Program Proposals


New Course Proposals (CGSR Policy and Procedure Manual: See Section 6, New Course and Program Proposals: Section 6.1. New Course Proposals

New course proposals, modifications to courses (number, title, credits, content, exam exemption), and deletion of courses should be submitted on the appropriate form: GSR 400.1: New Course Proposal Form / GSR 400.2: Course Modification Form / GSR 400.3: Course Deletion Form / GSR 400.4: Exam Exemption for Existing Course Form. Courses/modifications/deletions will be considered by the appropriate CGSR Committee. For all new courses, or modifications to course content/outline, a Course Outline (syllabus) with Reading List must be included. If undergraduate lectures are included (hybrid course), also submit the undergraduate Course Outline (syllabus) and include information on what additional activities make this a graduate level course (see pdf download).

Approved courses will be forwarded by the CGSR to the University Secretary’s office for circulation through the Course Challenge procedure as required. Academic units may assume that course changes have been approved if no Notice of Challenge is received from the Office of the University Secretary by the end of the fourth week after circulation . Units will not receive notification that the Course Challenge period has expired. When the Course Challenge period has expired, it is the responsibility of the academic unit to open the course for registration by informing the Registrar's office.


Selected Reading, Special Topic or Other Untitled Course (898, 899s) 

A Selected Reading or Special Topic Course is a reading course for one or a few graduate students focusing on areas for which there is no regular graduate course or for filling deficiencies in the research program, and must be pertinent to the candidates’ goals. The application form to request a Selected Reading or Special Topic Course is available as follows: PDF / RTF. Deadlines for submission of such requests are: for classes running in Term 1 (Sept. to Dec.) - August 15; for classes running in Term 1 and Term 2 (Sept. to April); for classes running in Term 2 (Jan. to April) - December 1; and for classes running in Spring/Summer - April 1.

A Selected Reading or Special Topic Course will conform to the academic requirements and standards of regular graduate courses, including the rules of /Student Appeals in Academic Matters/ (see www.usask.ca/university_council/reports/12-06-99.shtml). Students and professors in Selected Reading and Special Topic courses are expected to meet regularly for at least 25 hours per term. Special permission is required in advance if Selected Reading and Special Topic courses do not terminate by the submission of a final grade at the end of the term(s) during which the course was offered.

A Selected Reading or Special Topic Course can only be taught twice. For subsequent offerings, the course must be regularized using form GSR400.1 according to procedures outlined on this page.

A Course Outline (syllabus) with Reading List must be included. If undergraduate lectures are included, submit the undergraduate course outline and include information on what additional activities make this a graduate level course (see pdf download).


New Graduate Program Proposals (CGSR Policy and Procedure Manual: See Section 6.2, New Program Proposals)

Instructions for submission of new graduate program proposals:

  1. Use the proposal forms on the University Council website. Use form GSR400.1 to submit any new courses and consult with the Associate Dean and Director of Programs. Use the calendar template.
  2. Meet with the Dean and Associate Dean, Programs to discuss the overall intention of the new program and the processes involved.
  3. Submit a Notice of Intent to the Chair, Planning Committee of Council and copy it to the Associate Dean, Programs, CGSR. See instructions at the Academic Programs site.
  4. Consult with the Associate Dean, Programs, CGSR during the preparation of the proposal.
  5. Submit two paper copies of the final document and an executive summary [1-2 pages] to the attention of the Associate Dean, Programs, and e-mail an electronic copy of the executive summary and the proposal for inclusion on the CGSR website.
  6. The program proposal will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs Committee. There will be an opportunity for the program proponents to meet with the committee to present the proposal and to answer questions.
  7. After approval by the Programs Committee, proposals are submitted for approval to the Executive Committee and subsequently to Graduate Council.
  8. As of July 2004, Academic Programs Committee of Council has devolved to the committees of CGSR for a period of eighteen months the responsibility for reviewing new graduate program proposals.
  9. Program proposals approved by Graduate Council must also be approved by the Budget Committee of Council, Planning Committee of Council and finally by members of University Council.
  10. New Graduate Program Proposals become operational after approval by University Council.

Instructions for Submission of Credit Unit Requirements of a Graduate Program  

1. Submit a proposal to the attention of the Director of Graduate Programs. The proposal should contain the following information:

  • an academic rationale/background for the proposed reduction in c.u.'s. Consult the table at the bottom of the page that lists the number of undergraduate courses that can be included in a graduate program.
  • a comparison of your program requirements to those in other Canadian universities
  • a list of graduate courses offered by the department
  • a description of how you envision the new policy will be applied to graduate students currently enrolled in your department including grandfathering provisions.
  • a table comparing your current program requirements to the new requirements, as shown below.

PROGRAM

CURRENT REQUIREMENTS

PROPOSED MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Master’s (thesis)

XX cu

XX cu

Ph.D. (after transfer from a Master’s program)

XX cu

XX cu including any relevant courses taken before transfer to the Ph.D.

Ph.D. (after Master’s degree)

XX cu

XX cu

2. The proposal will be reviewed by the Programs Committee of the CGSR.

3. After it is approved by this committee, it then has to be approved by the Executive Committee of CGSR and by the Graduate Council of its meetings.

4. The proposal becomes effective after it is approved by Graduate Council.

Number of Undergraduate courses allowed in a graduate program:

Program
Thesis with minimum requirements of = 9 credit units
Thesis with minimum requirements of 10-15 credit units
Thesis with minimum requirements of >15 credit units
Project with minimum requirements of = 15 credit units
Project with minimum requirements of > 15 credit units
Maximum number of allowable undergraduate credits
0
3
6
3
6

Undergraduate courses credited towards a graduate program
must be senior courses at the 300 or 400 level.


Program Modifications (CGSR Policy and Procedure Manual: See Section 6.3.2.2, Program Modifications)

For information on submitting proposals for program modifications consult the Proposal Form for Curricular Change on the U of S website. For associated courses, use form GSR 400.1: New Course Proposal Form / GSR 400.2: Course Modification Form / GSR 400.3: Course Deletion Form / GSR 400.4: Exam Exemption for Existing Course Form, as appropriate.

Include a table listing programs offered, current program requirements including all core courses, electives, and other requirements, and proposed modifications, as shown below.

PROGRAM CURRENT COURSE/OTHER REQUIREMENTS PROPOSED COURSE/OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Postgraduate Diploma
Master’s (Project)
Master’s (Thesis)
Transfer from Master’s to Ph.D.
Ph.D.

 


Current Program Proposals 

Graduate Pathways Certificate - CGSR Executive Committee Approved: 19 September 2013
- New Program

Master of Women’s Gender and Sexualities Studies – CGSR Executive Committee Approved: 19 September 2013
- New Program

Division of Environmental Engineering – CGSR Executive Committee Approved: 19 September 2013
- Division Disestablishment

Recently Approved Program Proposals  

Master of Science – Marketing – CGSR Executive Committee Approved: May 26, 2014
Proposed MSc Marketing

Master of Physical Therapy - CGSR Executive Committee Approved: May 26, 2014
Increase the English Language Requirement for Admission

Masters of Music (Performance) - CGSR Executive Committee Approved: 15 November 2012
New Concentration

Master of Physical Therapy  – CGSR Executive Committee Approved: 20 September 2012
Revision to Admission Criteria

Master of Public Health  – CGSR Executive Committee Approved: 20 September 2012
Revision to Minimum Passing Grade

Master of Continuing Education  – CGSR Executive Committee Approved: 20 September 2012
Program Deletion