Program Innovation

Program changes can vary from very simple, such as substituting a course requirement to very complex, such as significantly restructuring a program or designing a completely new program. Different review and approval steps apply to proposals of different complexities. In general, a proposal is first debated and voted on by the appropriate Program Committee. Upon positive recommendation from the Committee, the proposal makes its way to Schulich’s Faculty Council.

From there, the secretary of the Schulich Faculty Council relays proposals to the Faculty of Graduate Studies or Senate, as appropriate.  Any changes to courses explicitly required by a graduate program or diploma (e.g., core courses, changes to required electives within a field of studies or a diploma or changes to a list of approved free electives in a field of studies) need to be accompanied by the program change form (see second tab, above) and require approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) first. FGS then sends approved proposals on to Senate. Some proposals also need to be approved by Quality Council, which assesses proposals from all Ontario universities.

For graduate programs please see the FGS Curriculum Website for more information. Please keep in mind that FGS’s assumption is that graduate programs operate relatively autonomously from their “resource faculties.” This assumption does not hold for Schulich.


The latest version of the Quality Assurance can be found here:



The full set of Quality Assurance Procedures can be found here:



Please also see the section on Course Innovation for information on Expected Learning Outcomes, how to show how courses support the achievement of Learning Outcomes, and how Assessment establishes to which degree Learning Outcomes are achieved. These linkages are a critical component in all proposals of new or major updates to existing programs/fields/ diplomas/certificates. Please submit proposals to the Chair of one of the following Committees:

The following procedural explanations and forms are available (ordered from easy to hard). This is a rough classification; please consult with your AD Academic if you require more information and see FGS for recommended timelines for graduate programs.