21.1. NEW COURSE PROPOSALS

New course proposals must be submitted to the CGPS using form GSR 400.1 and accompanied with all the required supporting documentation.  After the new course is approved by the CGPS, it will go through the University Course Challenge (UCC) process.  If there is no challenge, a Course Creation Information Form must be completed and submitted to Registrarial Services, Student & Enrolment Services Division. 

21.1.1. SPECIAL TOPICS COURSES

A Special Topics course is a selected reading course for one or a few graduate students that focuses on areas for which there is no regular graduate course, or, that fills deficiencies in the research program. Such courses must be pertinent to the candidates’ goals.

The Head of the Academic unit or Graduate Chair has the authority to approve Special Topics Courses unless the course includes an undergraduate course component. Courses based on an undergraduate course require approval by the Associate Dean of CGPS or designate.

The course instructor must be a member of CGPS faculty. An exception may be requested by submitting a memo with a rationale and including the person’s CV. The Associate Dean or designate will review any exception requests.

Academic units must submit a completed GSR 204 form for notification purposes. Forms can be found at: http://www.usask.ca/cgps/forms.php

The course syllabus must contain all of the required information outlined in Section 1.1 of the University’s Academic Courses Policy on Class Delivery, Examinations, and Assessment of Student Learning in addition to:

  • The course title (NOT “Special Topics”);
  • A weekly course outline with reading list;
  • A description of the activities for evaluation and the percentage of total marks for each activity;
  • Enrolment limit;
  • A Special Topics course can be taught a maximum of 2 times. For further offerings, a new course proposal must be submitted to the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee of CGPS.

21.2. NEW PROGRAM PROPOSALS

Having demonstrated the need for the program and the unit's ability to offer an academically sound program through the development period, the academic unit shall prepare and submit a regular Graduate Program Proposal.

21.3. REVISIONS TO EXISTING COURSES

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.
A course modification form (GSR 400.2) must be submitted. Forms can be found on the CGPS website

21.4. REVISIONS TO EXISTING PROGRAMS

21.4.1. MODIFICATION OF CREDIT UNIT REQUIREMENT

Academic units wishing to modify the credit unit requirement of an existing graduate program shall submit their proposal to the Associate Dean CGPS. The proposal will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs Committee of the CGPS. If approved by this committee, the proposal then has to be approved by the Executive Committee of CGPS and by Graduate Council. The proposed change becomes effective after it is approved by Graduate Council. 

21.4.2. PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS

Academic units wishing to modify an existing graduate program shall submit their proposal to the Associate Dean, CGPS. The proposal will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs Committee of the CGPS. After it is approved by this committee, the proposal then has to be approved by the Executive Committee of CGPS and submitted to University Course Challenge. The proposed change becomes effective after it is approved by Graduate Council.

21.5. DIRECT ENTRY PHD PROGRAMS

For the completion of their degree, students who have been admitted to a Ph.D. program without completing a Master's degree must:

  • Complete at least 9 credit units of course work at the graduate level in the first year of their  program, with no final grade in any course below 70%;
  • The minimum number of credit units required for the degree must be equal to the minimum that would be required for a student in the same program who was promoted to a Ph.D. from a Master’s program;
  • Within the first year of the program, successfully complete a Ph.D. Qualifying Examination that is at least as rigorous as the defence for a Master’s thesis in their program area;
  • Pass a comprehensive examination, after completing the required course work, and prior to focusing on their research and doctoral thesis;
  • Write and successfully defend a thesis based on original investigation.

21.6. 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.