Graduate Diploma Programs

Purpose and Characteristics

Graduate diplomas are for those students who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree and who are interested in completing a further credential in a specific area to further their knowledge and skills beyong their degree.

Graduate diplomas require a minimum of 22 unit hours at the graduate level. There is no "capstone" requirement (i.e. no project, thesis, final exam is required). The following are typical characteristics:

  1. may be completed within one year
  2. may focus on a theme (e.g. urban studies) or may allow professional development in a new field (e.g. business administration)
  3. may be interdisciplinary or a single discipline
  4. will normally consist of a set of core courses, with few electives
  5. normally cohort-based
  6. may allow part-time or full-time study

Sample Proposal

Approval process

  1. Academic unit prepares and approves proposal
  2. Proposal is submitted to Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (FGSC) for approval
  3. FGSC circulates proposal to other faculties (fgsc-list@sfu.ca) for review and comments; any new courses are also sent to other faculties for an overlap check and sent to the library (lib-courseassessment@sfu.ca) for a library review
  4. FGSC submits proposal to Senate Graduate Studies Committee (SGSC) for approval
  5. SGSC submits proposal to Senate Committee on University Priorities (SCUP) for approval
  6. SCUP submits proposal to Senate for approval
  7. Senate submits proposal to Board of Governors (BOG) for the approval of fees

NOTE: Tuition fees should be discussed at an early stage by the proposers of the program, the relevant faculty dean, and the Vice-President, Academic.

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