Graduate Council Who We Are The Marshall University Graduate Council makes policy recommendations with respect to the graduate education mission of the university to the university President. Specific functions include: facilitation of long range planning for graduate education at Marshall University; recommendation of new programs and courses; evaluation of existing programs and courses; facilitation of graduate accreditation; recommendation of promotion and tenure policies related to graduate education; recommendation of approval of graduate faculty to the university President. Curriculum and Program Requests Beginning January 2017, all Curriculum and Program requests are due on the 1st day of the month before the next meeting of Graduate Council. Graduate Council meets January, February, March, April, September, October and November (or December, depending on the fall holiday break). John and Frances Rucker Award for Graduate Advising is now open. Click here for information. Accelerated Master’s Degree Consider proposing an accelerated master’s degree for your program. The new degree gives you a great opportunity to recruit your best undergraduate students and to help them save both time and money! Click here to get started!