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Graduate College Syllabus Policy

The following elements are minimally required in a syllabus for a Graduate Level class.

  1. The name, title, availability and contact information of the primary instructor(s) and other members of the instructional team.
  2. Expected Learning outcomes.
  3. Same core learning outcomes for any given course number regardless of the mode of delivery.
  4. All sections of a given course must have the same core learning outcomes.
  5. In 400/500 co-convened courses, there must be higher level of learning outcomes and expected work appropriate for a graduate student that is differentiated from the expectations for the undergraduates.
  6. A description of the course content, goals and objectives.*
  7. A clear and precise description of the workload expectations and course requirements for the class.
  8. A description of the grading scale and how student work will be evaluated.
  9. A statement of any special policies for this specific class as determined by the instructor (e.g. attendance, participation, limitations on the use of electronic devices, details regarding academic integrity, etc.).
  10. A statement that the work and course requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor with proper notice to the students.

The following elements are recommended but not required for a syllabus for a Graduate Level class:

  1. A list or schedule of topics or readings, if appropriate.
  2. A list of links for special resources for students (see attached template for a suggested example).
  3. A list of links about University Policies and student rights, responsibilities and accommodations (see attached template for an example).

View graduate_syllabus_template_revised.1.17.20.docx

The syllabus is not limited to these required and recommended components. See Resource Links and Best Practices for Graduate Syllabi for links and additional information on instructional support and constructing effective syllabi. See Optional syllabus materials - student resources for additional information. 

* We strongly recommend distinguishing between "course objectives" and "learning outcomes" on the syllabus, and note them in separate lists.  Learning Outcomes are measurable statements indicating what a student should be able to do upon completing the course, while course objectives are statements indicating what an instructor plans to cover or have students do during the course.  

In classes that are co-convened with undergraduate classes (400/500-level classes), the instructor may either have a single syllabus for the jointly convened class or separate syllabi for the graduate and undergraduate offerings. If a single syllabus is used it must meet the requirements of both the Undergraduate and Graduate syllabus policies and must clearly distinguish between graduate and undergraduate learning outcomes, requirements, and work expectations. 


Last updated 3 Mar 2020