New courses proposals

New course proposals must be electonically submitted to the CGPS and include the following:


Course modifications or deletions

Revisions to existing courses range from minor changes in title as the course is described in the Catalogue, to major redesign of course content or course deletion.  These must be submitted to the CGPS Graduate Academic Affairs Committee for consideration and approval.

Course modification or deletion proposals must be electonically submitted to the CGPS and include the following:

Exam exemptions

U of S policy requires the final examination in a graduate course to count for at least 30% of the final grade, unless an ‘Exam Exemption’ has been requested and approved by the CGPS.

To request an Exam Exemption on an existing course, complete Exam Exemption for Existing Course form and submit it electronically to the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee.

Special Topics Courses

A Selected Reading or Special Topic Course (898, 899s) is a 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 following is expected of a Selected Reading or Special Topic Course:

Submission deadlines: 

    • August 15: For courses offered Term 1 (Sept. to Dec.) 
    • August 15: For courses offered Term 1 and Term 2 (Sept. to April)  
    • December 1: For courses offered Term 2 (Jan. to April)
    • April 1 : For courses offered for Spring/Summer (May to Aug.)
  • Will conform to the academic requirements and standards of regular graduate courses, including the rules of Student Appeals in Academic Matters.

  • Students and professors in Selected Reading and Special Topic courses are expected to meet regularly for at least 13 hours per credit unit.

  • A Selected Reading or Special Topic Course can only be taught twice. For subsequent offerings, the course must be regularized according to procedures outlined above for New Course Proposal

    • 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.

      The course syllabus must include the following:

      • The course title (NOT “Special Topics”)
      • Clearly stated course objectives
      • A weekly course outline with reading list
      • A description of the activities for evaluation and the percentage of total marks for each activity
      • A statement on academic integrity
      • Enrolment limit

Program Proposals and Modifications

To submit a new (or modified) graduate program proposal:

  • Use the Proposal for Academic or Curricular Change form also found on the University Secretary's website.
  • Meet with the CGPS' Associate Dean to discuss the overall intention of the new program and the processes involved.
  • Submit a Notice of Intent to the Chair, Planning & Priorities Committee of Council and copy it to the Associate Dean, CGPS.
  • Submit an electronic copy of the executive summary and the proposal to CGPS.

Dual degree programs

Dual degrees shall exist through an agreement, or memorandum of understanding, with the partner institution that has been approved by the CGPS, and signed by the dean and the provost. Only existing approved programs can be offered as dual degree programs. New programs, or existing programs where the degree requirements are being changed, must first complete the appropriate academic approval process before being offered as a dual degree program.

The degree parchment and/or transcript from the u of S will state “University of Saskatchewan, in partnership with “partner institution name”. The agreement with the partner institution will require that the partner institution include a similar notation on their transcript and/or parchment.

Academic units must include the following articles when developing a dual degree agreement:

  • statement of admission requirements, or indication that CGPS standard admission requirements apply;
  • listing of course requirements;
  • listing of each institution’s courses eligible for transfer credit by the partner institution;
  • statement indicating that the thesis must be written and defended in English;
  • list of faculty at partner institution that meet the requirements for membership as an adjunct professor in CGPS and thus are eligible to supervise graduate students.
  • statement indicating students will be jointly supervised by a faculty member from each institution, and, that the supervisory committee will have four members, two from each institution.

Approval Process

After the course/program changes have been approved by the CGPS, proposals are then guided and circulated through the course challenge process by the CGPS on behalf of the unit.

Academic units may assume that the course has been approved if a Notice of Challenge has not been received from the Office of the University Secretary. Units will not receive notification that the Course Challenge period has expired.

  • Please refer to the Authority for Approval Chart on the Academic Programs Committee website for the levels of approval required for different types of curricular changes.
  • When developing new and relabeled courses, please contact for numbers that have been unused for at least 10 years.

Current and approved proposals

Approved Program Proposals

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Economics
Implement new PhD program
approved by the University Council June 22, 2017

Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Education, and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration
Changes to Admission Requirements
confirmed by University Senate October 21, 2017

Master of Physical Therapy
Program modification – remove major project
approved by the Academic Programs Committee of University Council December 6, 2017

Master of International Trade
Program Termination
approved by University Council November 16, 2017

Current Program Proposals

Master of Architecture
New Program
approved by CGPS Executive Committee March 22, 2017

Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Master of Agriculture and Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Changes to Admission Requirements
approved by CGPS Executive Committee September 25, 2017

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Implement Direct-entry option
approved by University Committee of Council November 16, 2017

Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics
Changes to admission requirements
approved by the Academic Programs Committee of University Council January 31, 2018

Master of Veterinary Science
Delete Large Animal Clinical Studies field of specialization
Approved by the Academic Programs Committee of University Council January 31, 2018