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The mission of the Graduate Council is to promote graduate education, scholarship, and research; to support individuals, departments, and programs in the pursuit of excellence; to foster innovative, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary activities; and to maintain high ethical and academic standards in graduate studies.

Click here to download the Bylaws of the Graduate School.

Changes to Graduate Education at the University of Miami


Changes to existing courses, curriculums, programs, departments, school/colleges, degrees, certificates, and policies, as well as newly proposed programs, departments, school/colleges, degrees, certificates, and policies, are required to follow the University's governance process of review and approval.

Click here for an overview of various types of proposals that must be submitted to the Graduate Council. Some items require a vote by the members of the Graduate Council, whereas other items are considered notification items only. This list is not all-inclusive. If you have questions about whether or not an item needs to be reviewed by the Graduate Council, contact Dr. Tiffany Plantan, Director of Education in the Graduate School, at or (305) 284-4154.

Process and Procedures

Once a proposer develops a proposal, it must undergo a formal review and approval process at the University before the item being proposed is implemented. Proposers develop and submit a proposal through the University's Curriculum Information Management System (CIM). Click here to enter and submit a proposal through CIM ( Once submitted, the proposal will move through an online workflow of review and/or approval at various levels. 

For proposals related to graduate education at the University, the following are the minimum approvals that are required (some proposal require additional approvals):

  1. School/College Council
  2. Office of Assessment and Accreditation
  3. Graduate Council*
  4. General Welfare Committee
  5. Faculty Senate
  6. President
  7. Registrar 
  8. Board of Trustees (if applicable)

*When the proposal is routed to the Graduate Council through the online workflow, the proposer will be contacted by the Graduate School to present the proposal at a Graduate Council meeting (schedule below).  Following the Graduate Council meeting, the proposal will either be sent back in the workflow for edits, or moved forward in the workflow to the next step of the review/approval process. 

Database of Graduate Council Proposals

Click here to download the Database of Graduate Council Proposals.  This database is updated at the end of each academic year.

Graduate Council Meeting Schedule Academic Year 2019-2020

Time: 2:30pm
Location: 237 Ashe Administration Building

Fall 2019

Materials Due By

August 20 August 12
September 17 September 9
October 15 October 7
November 19 November 11

Spring 2020

Materials Due By

January 21 January 13
February 18 February 10
March 17 March 9
April 21 April 13

Graduate Council Members Academic Year 2020-2021


Council Member

Appointed until May 31 of year indicated below

School of Architecture Frank Martinez
Alternate: Sonia Chao
College of Arts and Sciences Patricia Saunders
Amie Nielsen
Alternate: Olga Korotkova
Alternate: Jamie Walls
Miami Herbert Business School

Vidhi Chhaochharia

Alternate: Sammi Tang 

School of Communication                      Nick Carcioppolo                       Alternate: Sunny Tsai 2022
School of Education and Human Development Mary Avalos
Alternate: Kysha Harriell
College of Engineering Charles Huang
Alternate: Manohar Murthi
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Guoqing Lin
Alternate: Maria Josefina Olascoaga
Miller School of Medicine Viviana Horigian
Alternate: Feng Gong
Frost School of Music Lansing McLoskey 
Alternate: Ross Harbaugh
School of Nursing and Health Studies Nichole Crenshaw
Alternate: Brenda Owusu
Graduate Student Association Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza 2020

Dr. Guillermo J. Prado, Dean, Graduate School
Elizabeth Fish, Interim Associate Dean, University Libraries
Graduate Faculty Representatives to the Faculty Senate
Tracy Devine Guzman, College of Arts and Sciences (2022)
Mitsunori Ogihara, College of Arts and Sciences (2022)
Esber Andiroglu, College of Engineering (2022)
Denise Vidot, School of Nursing and Health Studies (2021)