Propose Changes to Graduate Programs

Changes to existing graduate school programs require formal approval by both the dean of the program or department and the dean of the University Graduate School. Such changes include:

  • Addition or deletion of degree programs
  • Changes to curriculum requirements
  • Changes to program tracks or emphases
  • Changes to skill or language requirements
  • Changes in exam administration or policies

Before you propose a change to an existing program, we recommend you consult the University Graduate School Bulletin, which lists university-accepted degree policies. Read the policies »

You should also consult the University Academic Planning & Policy Academic Program Development guidelines for an overview of the process.

Getting Your Changes Approved by IU

IU’s Course Approval, Remonstrance, Maintenance, and Integration (CARMIn) system allows faculty members to submit proposals for these changes electronically. IU’s Course Approval System instructions explain how faculty members can submit a request and how administrators can approve a request. Download the instructions »

After you’ve submitted your proposal and the request has received initial approval, the proposal will be placed on the CARMIn remonstrance list for 30 days.

Faculty members may view the remonstrance list and raise objections to proposals. After 30 days, if no objections have been raised, the request is approved. To file a remonstrance to a proposal on the list, contact Mandy Bartley at Student Enrollment Services at (812) 855-2092. Email her at

Once a program change has been approved, programs and departments should update their University Graduate School Bulletin entries. Updates should be submitted using the “Track Changes” feature in Microsoft Word. The deadline for submissions of updates is in November. Departments should send their updated files to Jeff Rutherford at the University Graduate School. Email him at 

Name Changes

If you are proposing a name change for your program, include a cover sheet using the approved template. Get the template »