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Collaborative Programs


The University of Toronto offers 40 graduate collaborative programs (CPs) providing students enrolled in participating degree programs an additional multidisciplinary experience as they complete their home degree program.

CPs normally require students to:

  • complete a core academic activity (such as a core course)
  • participate in activities and seminars offered by the collaborative program
  • incorporate the disciplinary focus of the CP into any final research requirements of the home degree programs.

Upon successful completion of all CP requirements, students receive a certificate of completion and a notation on their transcripts.

For full details about CPs, please view the Collaborative Program Guidelines (PDF).

How Do I...

Create a New Collaborative Program

Under the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP), a new CP is brought forward as a new program with an expedited approval process. Proposals for new collaborative programs should be developed in close consultation with the lead Faculty Dean’s office and the VPAP office.

Please contact your Dean’s office, or Jennifer Francisco, Coordinator Academic Change (416.946.0094) in the VPAP office, for questions involving the creation of a new CP.

Modify a Collaborative Program

Most academic changes to existing CPs are minor modifications, such as changing the program or admission requirements, updates to the required course and adding or deleting participating programs. All minor modifications to CPs should be considered by the program committee followed by the appropriate curriculum committee at the lead Faculty. Some changes to CPs, such as program committee membership, do not require governance approval and should be overseen by the CP director.

Please contact your Dean’s office, or Erin Meyers, Governance & Policy Officer (416.978.7709) in the VPAP office, for questions involving modifications to CPs.

Start a Cyclical Review of a Collaborative Program

Under the UTQAP, all CPs are subject to cyclical review at least every eight years. The schedule of CP reviews is determined by the VPAP office in consultation with the lead Dean’s offices. Each individual CP review is commissioned by the Dean of the lead Faculty.

While a CP review may be included as part of a review of the academic unit(s) in which the program resides, there may be some benefit in reviewing the CP separately. The review process for CPs differs from that for degree credit programs, reflecting the unique nature of these programs. Please consult section 9 of the Collaborative Program Guidelines for full details on the review of CPs.


Collaborative Program Guidelines (PDF)
University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP)


Jennifer Francisco
Coordinator Academic Change