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Graduate Program Reviews

As part of the continuing, critical analyses of academic programs and student learning at UC San Diego the Academic Senate performs scheduled program reviews to ensure superior educational quality throughout the campus. 

All graduate programs are reviewed by a committee every eight years. The Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs will work closely with the graduate program for committee selection, self-study preparation, and site visit logistics. 

Following the site visit, the review committee submits a written report that is reviewed by the graduate program, student representatives, campus administration, and Graduate Council. The graduate program and student representatives respond to the external committee report, and this response is shared with administration and Graduate council. A final wrap-up meeting and Graduate Council follow-up complete the process. If the review is combined with the undergraduate program, the Division of Undergraduate Education will also participate in the planning and completion of the combined Undergraduate & Graduate Programs review for a given department (see documentation below).

Program Review Cycle Flowchart
Full Guidelines are provided below for the Combined Department Reviews, Graduate Program Reviews, and Joint Doctoral Program Reviews. For any questions regarding the program review process, please contact the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator or Assistan Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs.

Program Review Guidelines

Combined Undergrad & Grad Reviews


Graduate Program Only Reviews


Joint Doctoral Program Reviews


Self-Supporting Program Review Guidelines

SSP Reviews


3-Year Initial SSP Reviews