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Collegiate Graduate Program Policies

To meet its mission to prepare qualified leaders in education and human service fields, the College of Education and Human Service Professions, through its program faculties, delivers graduate programs of study. Some of these programs are offered under the auspices of the University of Minnesota Graduate School, including the, the M.A. in Communication Sciences Disorders, and the Master of Social Work. Other programs are offered as Collegiate Graduate Programs and are developed, delivered and assessed under these policies.


Collegiate graduate programs will be governed by the College of Education and Human Service Professions Graduate Program Council (GPC).


The Graduate Program Council (GPC) serves to stimulate appropriate consistency, congruency, and cohesiveness in policy and procedure across all graduate programs in CEHSP.


The GPC has authority to develop and implement policy and approve graduate curricula to guarantee consistency and congruency across programs. Graduate Program Council will approve all graduate level course curricula and collegiate program curricula, and formulate policy and procedure for the delivery of the collegiate graduate programs. The GPC shall, upon request from the faculty, the Dean, or its own initiative, study and review matters of administrative policy and graduate program development.


The duties of the GPC shall be:

  • to serve as curriculum committee for all graduate-level course proposals and graduate level program proposals;
  • to initiate studies and formulate plans for both immediate and long-range development of the collegiate graduate programs;
  • to develop and establish educational policy affecting the collegiate graduate programs;
  • to provide direction to the Collegiate Graduate Program Director in interpreting and implementing Graduate Program policies related to the instructional, research, and service functions of the masters programs;
  • to give direction to the Collegiate Graduate Program Director on general policies concerning budgeting, faculty personnel, liaison with departments, campus and University groups, state and national organizations and agencies;
  • to review the programs’ progress in achieving goals.


The Graduate Program Council will consist of a representative from each CEHSP department that offers collegiate or Graduate School graduate programs, a representative of any formal organizational structure that sponsors inter-departmental programs, one graduate student to be selected by the Council from recommendations from the programs, and the Associate Dean, ex-officio. The representatives from the Graduate School programs will typically be the Director of Graduate Studies.

A faculty member of the Graduate Program Council will be elected as chair of the committee and will serve a two-year term beginning in the spring semester. Student representatives will serve a one-year term. There will be no term limits for faculty membership.


Any faculty member with a doctoral degree will be considered collegiate graduate faculty.

Teaching. Graduate courses will be taught by graduate faculty, or faculty (full- or part-time) who have appropriate expertise and have been approved by the Director of Graduate Studies, or the Collegiate Graduate Program Coordinator in the discipline.

Committee Assignment. Graduate advising will be by graduate faculty. Requests to have non-graduate faculty serve on graduate committees as second or third members must be approved by Graduate Program Council.