Approved Programs

New undergraduate and graduate for-credit degree programs that have been approved by the Quality Council on or after September 1, 2011 are detailed in this database, which can be searched in multiple ways: by university, year, program level and/or keyword.

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Master of Architecture, MArch

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: October 14, 2016

The Master’s degree in Architecture (MArch) is unique in Canada. The program draws heavily upon the study of northern community needs coupled with an integrated approach to building systems for northern climates. Building with wood, design for climate change and digital fabrication are three areas of study for advanced graduate work, including a final design Thesis. The program length is two-years, with continued focus on experiential learning through design-build and community-design projects. Design studio options include ‘Architecture and Craft,’ ‘Indigenous Design’ or ‘Community Building.’ Two terms are devoted to co-operative education, placing students in design related offices locally, nationally and internationally. Specialized research is presented through research seminars while professional practice is emphasized through co-operative education and an advanced course in architectural practice. Courses on fabrication further expose students to the relationship between architecture and industry through making. A design Thesis forms the spine of the second year. Design courses (including Thesis) and co-operative placements are offered in both French and English.

The program strives to become recognized nationally for Indigenous Design at the graduate level. Indigenous worldviews and knowledge are present throughout the program, delivered in particular courses and through various community settings. The knowledge and skills gained in the professional program prepare students to enter into the profession of architecture. Graduates can expect to find employment as intern architects or enter into a variety of related design fields including urban design, community planning, sustainable design, environmental design, or digital fabrication.

Science Communications, MSCom

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: September 23, 2016

The Master’s degree in Science Communication (MSCom) is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. The program is an intense 12 month experience that covers the theory underlying good communication as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society. Courses include learning, design and rhetorical theory, the application of new social and traditional media, exhibit development and research methods. This is a 12-month program with an eight week work placement. The program is delivered in partnership with Science North, the local science centre, which provides students with experiential learning opportunities for research and application of science communication principles. Students also need to write a Major Research Paper to complete the program. The knowledge and skills gained in the program prepare students for a growing number of careers in science communication. Graduates can expect to find employment with government agencies, NGOs, science centres, museums, zoos and aquariums, and leading research centres such as Perimeter Institute and Triumf, and wherever communicating complex scientific ideas and information is needed.

Master of Indigenous Relations, MIR

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: March 22, 2013

The MIR in Master of Indigenous Relations will provide graduate education to students that centers on Indigenous perspectives and worldviews. It acknowledges the complex nature of Indigenous issues, and builds capacity for knowledge generation through the mobilization of Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge and epistemology. The program is interdisciplinary in nature.

Forensic Identification, BFI

Undergraduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: April 16, 2014

The Forensic Identification Program is a professional degree designed exclusively for experienced Forensic Identification Officers already working for Police Services in that capacity. The degree is designed to enhance the expertise of those officers. It builds on the training they have already acquired in the Forensic Identification Diploma they received from the Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police College by providing intellectual depth in the relevant sciences used in crime scene analysis. Further, it provides a deepened understanding of the rules of evidence in the criminal justice process and introduces some key themes in professional ethics.