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Graduate minors provide students with the opportunities to pursue, within a single academic program or interdisciplinary concentration, a coherent course of study that is more limited (9-15 hours) than a degree program.
Two kinds of minors are available: designated and non-designated. Before they are conferred, both designated and non-designated minors must be approved by the student’s major advisor, the student’s academic program director of graduate studies and the Graduate School.

Designated minors consist of 9–15 hours of course work approved as a graduate minor by a single academic program or interdisciplinary group (see below for the process of getting a new designated minor approved). A Plan of Study for the Designated Graduate Minor  must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than the second week of the semester the student graduates and ideally during the semester prior to the conferral of the degree and minor. Designated graduate minors will be conferred when the major degree is conferred. Once a student officially graduates, the notation of the designated minor will appear on the student’s official transcript.

Non-designated minors consist of course work constituting a unified plan of study that includes a minimum of 9 hours of graduate course work. These minors should be listed on a student’s plan of study; however, they are not listed on a student’s transcript.

The process for establishing a designated graduate minor begins with the department/unit curriculum committee and requires the approval of the division curriculum committee, the dean, the Dean of the Graduate School, and the Graduate Faculty Senate, prior to final approval by the Provost. Minors do not require approval beyond the campus.

The process of proposing a new academic program or requesting a change to an existing program will move online utilizing the Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) academic proposal system. This online form will guide proposers through the collection of all required information. The automated workflow approval process collects all of the required sign-offs, and the system provides up-to-date information on the status of any proposal. All requests must be submitted using this CIM programs automated process.

For information on graduate minors program proposals, consult Academic Program Approval and Change Processes.

To propose a new graduate minor, complete a New Program Proposal using the CIM Programs system.

To propose a change to an existing graduate minor, complete a change proposal (edit proposal) using the CIM Programs system.

The online form in CIM Programs will guide you through the information required to submit your proposal.