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

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).

Graduate Faculty Status BOG AA-20 Graduate Faculty Membership

The Marshall University Board of Governors approved changes to AA-20 Graduate Faculty Membership at the April 2023 BOG meeting. The policy update will results in meaningful changes for Graduate Faculty and College Administrators. Implementation of the changes will occur over the Summer 2023 semester. The changes will occur as faculty apply or renew their graduate faculty status.  New application forms are being developed to facilitate a smooth transition. We hope to have the new forms available on the GC website by June 1, 2023.

Summary of Major Revisions to AA-20

  • Added information related to “ethical research practices” in 2.1.2.
    • Added conditions for removal or change for breach of ethical practices in 2.9.
    • Added IRB completion as a requirement for Graduate Chair Faculty in
  • Changed the number of levels of graduate faculty status from four to three.
    • 5.1 Graduate Chair Faculty (for thesis and dissertation chairs)
    • 5.2 Graduate Faculty
    • 5.3 Associate Graduate Faculty (combined elements from Associate and Instructor)
  • Added “degree applicable” in 2.6.
  • Added a consistent timeline for terms to end each semester in 2.10.
  • Added a provision for Emeritus faculty in 6.2.
  • Related to the lowest level of status
    • Removed stipulation that only the dean and not GC approves this level of status
    • Removed indication that this level does not appear in the database
  • Updated the conditions for appeal under 7.2
    • Added a timeframe to appeal a GC decision in

John and Frances Rucker Award for Graduate Advising

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Accelerated Master’s Degree

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Procedure for Conflict of Interest in Thesis/Dissertation Committees

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Graduate Accelerated Admissions Policy

Policy and List of Opt-In Programs

Meeting Schedule & Agenda

    2022-2023: FRIDAY, 1PM - 3 PM

  • August 26, 2022
  • September 30, 2022 (On-Line Only - Teams)
  • October 21, 2022 (Drinko 349 - Hybrid)
  • November 18, 2022 (So. Char. - Thomas Boardroom - Hybrid)
  • January 27, 2023 (Drinko 349 - Hybrid)
  • Feb 24, 2023 (So. Char. - Thomas Boardroom - Hybrid)
  • March 31, 2023 (Drinko 349 - Hybrid)
  • April 21, 2023 (So. Char. - Thomas Boardroom - Hybrid):
    • The September 2022 meeting will be held virtually on Teams. Starting in October 2022 the meeting will be hybrid (in-person/online Teams) and will rotate between Main Campus and South Charleston.

      To request the electronic meeting link for Microsoft Teams, please email Scott Davis,

      All requests are due on or before the first of the month. For example. to be placed on the agenda for the October meeting, all requests (both electronic and hard copy) must be received on or before October 1.