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Program Creation and Management

UC Davis Graduate Program Management 

UC Davis Graduate Studies is responsible for overseeing the administration of nearly 100 distinct graduate programs. The staff and leadership team in Graduate Studies work in close collaboration with graduate program staff and faculty to meet the needs of all graduate students. For more information about specific academic programs, please refer to the following pages:

Other Resources for Managing Graduate Programs

  • Policies and Guidelines for Programs (scroll down to "Policies for Graduate Programs")
  • Program Changes (Compendium excerpt)
  • Program Leadership (Chairs & Advisors)
  • Program Data (as used in the Program Review process; requires CAS login)
  • Program Review Process (Graduate Council)
  • Revising Degree Requirements (Graduate Council)
  • Revising Bylaws (Graduate Council)
  • Requesting a Change in Program Name (Graduate Council)
  • Discontinuing a Program (Graduate Council)

New Graduate Program Creation

UC Davis Graduate Studies fosters new graduate program development by consulting with faculty who are interested in proposing a new graduate degree, graduate academic certificate, designated emphasis, or degree track. Our role is two-fold. First, we seek to encourage new development and innovation in graduate education by helping to steward proposals through the campus and system-wide review and approval processes. Second, we seek to ensure a smooth implementation both by learning about proposals early in their development process, and also by advising proposers on how to structure and develop a potential program so as to facilitate effective and accurate administration of the program. Generally speaking, new programs must be approved by the campus Graduate Council and by the system-wide Coordinating Council on Graduate Affairs (CCGA).

Resources for Proposing New Programs

Graduate Studies contacts for Program Creation and Management

  1. Interim Associate Dean for Programs Duncan Temple Lang (dtemplelang@ucdavis.edu)
  2. Project/Policy Analyst Amanda Kimball (alkimball@ucdavis.edu)
  3. Director of Analysis & Policy John King (jhnking@ucdavis.edu)
  4. Executive Analyst Trina Giardino (tgiardino@ucdavis.edu)

Graduate Groups

More than half of the UC Davis graduate programs are organized as interdisciplinary graduate groups, giving students, scholars and faculty the freedom to explore their interests across disciplines, engage in various areas of research, and reach new heights of knowledge. Graduate groups embody the collaborative spirit of discovery at UC Davis by bringing together scholars from different areas of study who share common research interests. While a departmentally-based program has a physically permanent home, a group usually operates from the department in which the current chair is housed and as such its actual location may move around. Learn more about Graduate Groups