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Changes to Existing Degrees & Certificates


LSA and Rackham must approve requests for substantive revisions that affect the scope or nature of the program. These include: 

  • A new mission or focus, including change of program name*
  • Modifications to admission requirements
  • Change in the number of required credit hours*
  • Alteration of candidacy requirements for Ph.D. programs
  • Addition of a new sub-plan or cancellation of an existing one
  • The provision of half or more of instruction online
  • For interdepartmental programs, the withdrawal of a collaborating department or program, or the participation of a new academic unit.

Revisions noted with an asterisk (*) require notification of the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU). MASU meets quarterly to give final approval for programs. Graduate certificates do not need MASU approval. Programs may not advertise or recruit and admit students until MASU confirms approval.

Requests should be submitted to LSA Graduate Education and the LSA divisional associate dean.

For details about what must be included in the request, please refer to the Rackham website, or reach out to LSA Graduate Education with any questions.



 LSA Graduate Education
 Humanities Associate Dean
 Natural Sciences Associate Dean
 Social Sciences Associate Dean