The graduate curriculum at Northeastern is governed by the Northeastern faculty and the Provost, through various elected committees of the Faculty Senate. The Graduate College Advisory Committee (GCAC), a committee which reports to the Faculty Council on Academic Affairs (FCAA), reviews graduate-level curriculum proposals after the college curriculum committees have approved them. Once GCAC approves a proposal, they pass it along to FCAA for final faculty approval before the final approval of the Provost. 

FCAA has developed guidelines and forms for the curriculum proposal process. The latest versions of these forms can be found on the FCAA website

Developing New Graduate Programs

To begin work developing a new program, departments should involve their college's Dean and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research early on in the process. GCAC has developed a rubric they use to review new program proposals. Program proposal authors will find the rubric helpful with the successful development and implementation of a new graduate program. 

The GCAC membership for the 2019-2020 academic year: 

Constituency Member Term Ends Email
Arts & Sciences Jeanine Ntihirageza 8/31/2021
Arts & Sciences Ryan Poll 8/31/2021
Business & Management Deepa Pillai  8/31/2021
Business & Management Suresh Singh 8/31/2020
Education Lynn Bush  8/31/2020 
Education Katy Smith 8/31/2021
Resource Professionals Michelle Oh 8/31/2020
At-Large Jennifer Banas 8/31/2021 
At-Large Cindy Voisine 8/31/2020