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UC/CSU Joint Doctoral Programs

The CSU campuses are authorized to develop joint doctoral programs with the University of California campuses and other independent accredited Ph.D.-granting institutions. See the University of California website for additional information.

The following summary of procedures for developing joint doctoral programs is based on documents developed by the UC-CSU Joint Graduate Board and the California Postsecondary Education Commission Joint Graduate Board. More detail on developing programs with the University of California is available in this Handbook (PDF) from the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs.

General Procedures

  1. An expression of interest in and the rationale for a joint doctoral program is submitted by the respective California State University campus to the Office of the Chancellor, Office of Academic Program Planning. This initial expression of interest contains an indication of program need and supporting evidence as to the requesting department's ability to offer doctoral instruction. Specific information includes:
    1. Faculty: degrees, honors, grants, professional and other relevant experience, publications and other matters pertinent to judging qualifications to guide advanced graduate work
    2. Academic unit: experience with graduate study, degrees offered, number of degrees awarded, year in which each graduate degree program was authorized.
    3. Instructional research facilities: description of facilities available to accommodate joint doctoral candidates.
  2. Receipt of the preliminary proposal is acknowledged.
  3. Comments on the desirability and appropriateness of the proposal, and on evidence of need and feasibility, are sent to the State University campus by the Office of Academic Program Planning.
  4. After initial questions have been answered, the State University campus requests permission to negotiate.
  5. Formal permission to negotiate is granted by the Chancellor, with appropriate notification to both the CSU campus and the University of California or accredited independent institution involved.
  6. The proposal is added to the campus' Academic Plan.
  7. The Chancellor will notify the CSU campus when the President of the University of California or the President of the accredited independent institution has granted permission to negotiate.
  8. An ad hoc joint committee of the cooperating units prepares a formal draft proposal. This proposal is submitted through local University administrative channels to the President of the University of California or accredited independent institution and to the Chancellor of the California State University.
  9. For the submission to the California State University Chancellor, five copies of the proposal are submitted to the Office of Academic Program Planning. In addition to the information outlined in #1, above, the draft proposal is to include a statement of budgetary support and budgetary requirements.
  10. The proposal is reviewed by the Office of Academic Program Planning. The proposal may be submitted to the California Postsecondary Education Commission for review and comment simultaneously, or the submission to CPEC may follow submission to the UC-CSU Joint Graduate Board. Comments are forwarded to the participating campus.

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