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Procedures and Processes for Concentration Proposals

The Graduate College Policy for Graduate Concentrations defines the requirements for concentrations. Below you will find guidance on writing and submitting graduate concentration proposals.

Proposal Content

  • A concentration is an elaboration or an extension of a graduate degree program. A concentration proposal must identify which graduate degree programs it elaborates/extends. If any of these graduate degree programs are from other units than the concentration's sponsoring unit, then the proposal must include a letter in support of the proposal from each of these other units.
  • Graduate concentrations are listed in the Academic Catalog at catalog.illinois.edu. The Senate Review Proposal should include the program of study for the concentration as well as any changes to the overall program of study for any programs that the concentration elaborates/extends.
  • The credit hours counted toward the proposed concentration can also contribute toward the graduate degree program it elaborates/extends, and also toward other concentrations or minors. Any restrictions on the credit hours used for the concentration should be clearly defined in the proposal. For example, a concentration could require that a portion of its credit hours not contribute toward the degree program, or that credit hours from another concentration or minor cannot contribute toward the proposed concentration.
  • A graduate concentration can define its own admissions procedure and require its own set of prerequisites. Any such admission procedures and/or prerequisites should be described and justified in the proposal. If students are to be admitted to the concentration at the same time they are admitted to a graduate degree program it elaborates/extends, then this should also be noted.
  • Graduate degree programs can require concentrations, though most do not. The concentration proposal should indicate whether or not the concentration as a whole fulfills any of the requirements of a graduate degree program it elaborates/extends.
  • The concentration proposal should address how students will be advised through the concentration, and which unit(s) will certify completion of the concentrations requirements.

Concentration Implementation

Students may add or drop concentrations using a graduate student petition, which must be approved by the advisor, the major department and the unit offering the concentration. It is helpful if the petition indicate which of the concentration courses (or at least how many hours of the concentration coursework) will be allowed to also count toward the graduate degree program.