Curriculum & Academic Programs

Add or Change Courses to Curriculum

To create a new graduate or professional course or revise or discontinue an existing graduate or professional course, faculty members must submit a proposal through the Course Approval, Remonstrance, Maintenance and Integration (CARMIn) system. Here, we’ll guide you in planning and seeking approval for your course.

All University Graduate School and Purdue courses are approved by the curriculum subcommittee of the Graduate Affairs Committee, whereas professional courses do not need curriculum subcommittee approval. Meet the curriculum subcommittee »

  • Designing Your Course

    When designing your course, think carefully about the items called for in the proposal form:

    • Course description,
    • Justification,
    • Relation to existing courses,
    • Overlap with other courses,
    • Course outline, and
    • Reading list.

    When approving, the committee will carefully consider matters such as the nature, depth, and scope of the materials treated in each proposal.

    Graduate-level courses should be more demanding, sophisticated, and rigorous than undergraduates courses.

    A proper graduate course will emphasize theoretical, conceptual, methodological (as contrasted with technical), or systematic treatments of material, rather than factual data. It should deal directly with the research content of the field and with the discipline’s research methodologies.

    In proposing a new course, consider the following:

    What is the rationale for this course? What factors led to its development? What changes occurred in the market demand or in the knowledge base of the field?

    • What role does this course play in the overall curriculum of the program? Given the fact that no one unit can cover all aspects of a particular discipline, which one has the unit chosen to address? How does the proposed course meet those objectives?
    • What makes this a graduate course? What is the level of knowledge required for admission? Each discipline should be able to describe and defend the characteristics of graduate study for its area. The proposal should show specifically how the proposed course would meet these criteria. Two components of the course proposal are helpful in determining the level of instruction proposed for a course:
      • Prerequisites in terms of specific courses, of number of accumulated hours in the field, or of class standing; and
      • The course syllabus, including a complete list of readings and other assignments. Download a sample syllabus »
  • New Course and Course Change Requirements

    New Course Requirements

    The curriculum committee will not approve new courses if the following requirements are not met:

    • An accompanying syllabus is required for all new courses. See below under New Course Syllabus Requirements
    • The course description must not exceed 50 words.
    • If the graduate course is taught in conjunction with an undergraduate course, clearly indicate the standards by which the graduate students will be evaluated, as opposed to those for the undergraduates. A key question to answer is, “What distinguishes this graduate-level course from an undergraduate course?” The committee may request to see the undergraduate syllabus.
    • If the new course being proposed is similar to other courses in another school or department on campus, it is recommended that you contact that school or department to discuss the differences between the courses so that when it goes to remonstrance, it will not be challenged.

    Course Change Requirements

    The committee will review course change requests to verify that the changes do not constitute a new course, and to maintain academic consistency across campus.  A syllabus is not required for course change requests.

  • New Course Syllabus Requirements

    An accompanying syllabus is required for all new courses and it must include the following before the committee will approve the course:

    • course description
    • educational objectives written at a graduate level (see Bloom’s Taxonomy)
    • graduate-level grading scale (see below for more information on the grading scale)
    • IUPUI Policy on Academic Integrity
    • IUPUI Policy on Disbility Accommodations
    • IUPUI Policy on Sexual Misconduct
    • IUPUI Policy on Religious Holidays
    • Education and Title VI

    IUPUI Policies - sample language for syllabi »

    Graduate level grading scale

    To earn a degree from the IU Graduate School, students must have at least a 3.0 graduate GPA. For this reason, several IU graduate programs do not accept any grade below a B. A grading scale in the syllabus that includes C and below is not considered a graduate-level grading scale and will require clarification.

    Example of an IU Graduate Grading Scale

    • A = 4.0
    • A- = 3.7
    • B+ = 3.3
    • B = 3.0
    • B- = 2.7
    • C+ = 2.3

    Purdue Graduate School requires that the total number of hours of academic credit used to satisfy degree requirements consists of all graduate course credit hours with a grade of C- or better, therefore including a grading scale below a C- in the syllabus is not considered a graduate-level grading scale and will require clarification.

    Example of a Purdue Graduate Grading Scale

    • A = 4.0
    • A- = 3.7
    • B+ = 3.3
    • B = 3.0
    • B- = 2.7
    • C+ = 1.7
    • C = 1.0
    • C- = 0.7

    Download a sample syllabus that includes the IUPUI policies»

  • Course Design Resources
Getting Your Course Approved
  • CARMIn - The Course Approval System

    IUPUI’s Course Approval, Remonstrance, Maintenance, and Integration (CARMIn) system allows faculty members to submit these proposals electronically. The Course Approval System instructions explain how faculty members can submit a request and how administrators can approve a request.

    You can download the Course Approval System instructions here»

    Browser Type. The recommended browser for the CARMIn system is Firefox. Internet Explorer may also be used in Compatability mode. Currently, the drop-down values do not always display when using Google Chrome.

    To use CARMin to submit a request, do the following:

    1. Log into:
    2. In the Search bar, type "CARMIn" and press Enter.
    3. Click on the Initiate New Course/Course Change Request task

    Initiate New Course/Course Change Request Task

    After you’ve submitted your proposal and the request has received initial approval, the proposal will be placed on the CARMIn remonstrance list for 30 days.

    To use CARMin to view the remonstrance list, do the following:

    1. Log into:
    2. In the Search bar, type "Remonstrance" and press Enter.
    3. Click on the Review Remonstrance List task

    Review Remonstrance List task

    Administrators may also use the system to approve requests.


  • Curriculum Subcommittee Review

    The curriculum subcommittee reviews all graduate courses. Professional courses are not reviewed by the committee.

    The committee meets twice during the month to review courses. The first meeting begins on the 1st of the month and continues through the 7th of the month. This is an online review process which allows the committee to approve courses that have met all the review criteria (see above under New Course and Course Change Requirements and New Course Syllabus Requirements). In order to ensure a new course/ course change request is on the agenda for the 1st review, the CARMIn form must be recieved in the IUPUI Graduate Office no later than the 28th of the previous month. Any courses received after the 28th will be held until the following month.

    If a course was not approved, the program will be contacted and will be given an opportunity to address the committee's concerns before the committee meets for the 2nd time during the month. This two-review process allows programs to get their courses on the remonstrance list in a timely fashion. (More information about the remonstrance list can be found above under CARMIn - The Course Approval System.)

Any questions about getting courses through the approval process, please contact Dezra Despain,, 317-278-4326