New course proposals

New course proposals must be submitted to the CGPS for consideration and approval. New course proposals must 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 submitted to the CGPS must 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 the Exam Exemption for Existing Course form and submit it to the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee for consideration and approval.

Special Topics Courses

A Selected Reading or Special Topic Course (898, 899) 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 must be submitted to the CGPS prior to offering a selected reading or special topic(s) 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

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.)

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 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;
  • listing of all programmatic requirements including exam and 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 university curriculum governance processes 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

Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology
New Graduate-level Certificate
Approved by University Council January 28, 2021

Food and Bioproduct Science
Changes to Postgraduate Diploma programming
Approved by the Academic Programs Committee of University Council December 2, 2020

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
New master’s degree and graduate certificate
Approved by University Council November 19, 2020

Master of Sustainability
New degree programming in Regenerative Sustainability and Energy Security and four associated certificates; termination of Master of Sustainable Environment Management
Approved by University Council November 19, 2020

Water Security programming
Three new graduate certificates
Approved by University Council November 19, 2020

Master of Water Security
Changes to Admission Requirements
Confirmed by University Senate April 24, 2020

Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology
Changes to Admission Requirements
Confirmed by University Senate April 24, 2020

Master of International Public Management and Administration
New Degree program 
Approved by University Council February 20, 2020

Master of Physical Therapy
Changes to Admission Requirements 
Confirmed by University Senate April 24, 2020

Precision Oral and Systemic Health
New PhD program in Dentistry 
Confirmed by University Senate April 24, 2020

Master of Business Administration
Changes to Admission Requirements
Confirmed by University Senate October 24, 2020


Current Program Proposals

Music Education
New Master of Music program
Approved by CGPS Executive Committee January 21, 2021

Quality Health Professions Education and Improving Teaching and Learning in Health Professions Education
Changes to Admission Requirements
Approved by University Council December 17, 2020

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