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Minor Modifications

Minor modifications are the most common type of academic change; they are intrinsic to maintaining robust programs. They involve a wide variety of academic changes to existing undergraduate and graduate programs.

The overarching definition of what constitutes a minor modification is provided by the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) (PDF).

Minor modifications include:

  • new minor where there is an existing specialist or major (undergraduate)
  • name changes to streams (undergraduate)
  • new emphases and changes to existing emphases (graduate)
  • name changes to fields, concentrations and emphases (graduate)
  • changing admission and program requirements that don’t change the learning outcomes (undergraduate and graduate)
  • new courses (undergraduate and graduate)
  • changes to courses (undergraduate and graduate).

See a diagram of the process for minor modifications and a diagram on academic change processes.

Responsibility & Consultation

Minor modifications are managed by the Faculties/divisions.

Please consult your Dean’s office with all questions about undergraduate and graduate minor modifications. Dean’s offices will consult with the VPAP office as needed; this may include determining whether a particular change is a major or minor modification.

Name Changes

Please contact the VPAP office about all name changes prior to governance.

Graduate Minor Modifications

The VPAP office is responsible overall for implementing graduate minor modifications. More information.



Divisions will have their own reporting deadlines to align with calendar processes. Please report program name changes and new minors to the VPAP office.


Once minor modifications are approved, please report them to the VPAP office by posting on the Graduate Curriculum Tracker (GCT). This will ensure that approved changes can be implemented in all systems (ROSI, School of Graduate Studies Calendar, websites, etc.).


Janice Spencer
Acting Academic Programs & Policy Officer

Jennifer Francisco
Coordinator Academic Change