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.
Program Approvals: Laurentian University
The Master of Environmental Solutions (MEnv) is a novel program that focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the development of innovative, environmental solutions. Combining an applied research approach with a public-facing communications emphasis, our program is a two-year experience engaging graduates of environmentally-themed undergraduate programs.
Core coursework includes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental stewardship and environmental solutions, using case studies and team-taught seminars to study and critically investigate holistic environmental research; an interdisciplinary environmental methods seminar; and a seminar from our unique Science Communications graduate program that develops skills in the communication and dissemination of research in accessible and exciting ways. In addition to an elective course of the student’s choosing, the degree culminates with a Thesis in which the student examines an environmental research problem. One outcome of the thesis includes its communication in a popular social medium accessible to a wide public audience.
The knowledge and skills gained in the MEnv program prepare students to appreciate, understand, study, and communicate environmental problems and solutions from perspectives across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This degree prepares students for a number of careers in the environmental sector, or to continue into a relevant PhD program.
The PhD in Human Kinetics is designed to train progressive thinkers, leaders and experts who have advanced understanding and skills to innovate and expand knowledge in the field of Human Kinetics to benefit society. Students will have the opportunity to pursue independent research in the broad fields of Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness or Multi-Cultural Physical Activity and Sport. Through a required independent study course that may include an internship or community-based learning component, students will be encouraged to engage in applied research with community or workplace partners. Students will also have the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary research and knowledge dissemination skills through affiliation with research centres including the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, Centre for Research in Northern and Rural Health, and Multi-Cultural Sport Research Group.
Students will be required to complete three graduate level courses, pass a comprehensive exam, and conduct independent research which includes writing and defending a dissertation. Students will also have an opportunity to develop teaching skills through paid graduate teaching-assistant placements. Graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in academia, the private sector, public health agencies, workplace health and safety organizations, provincial and national sport governing bodies, and other government agencies.
The Master of Forensic Science (MFS) program is unique in Canada, and one of very few Canadian graduate programs focused specifically on forensic science practice. The program is an accelerated 12-month research intensive experience targeting graduates of undergraduate forensic science programs accredited by the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).
Building upon skills acquired during undergraduate studies in forensic science, students in the MFS may choose to specialize in Forensic DNA Analysis, Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Toxicology, or a more general focus on Forensic Science.
Coursework covers principles of quality assurance in forensic science, research methods and advanced topics in various forensic disciplines. The degree culminates with an 8-month intensive applied practice project, wherein students will design, budget and conduct research on a forensic science problem defined by faculty and/or external partners within the forensic community. It is expected that the results of the applied practice project will be published in the peer-reviewed forensic literature or presented at a forensic science conference.
The knowledge and skills gained in the program prepare students for a growing number of careers in forensic science, and in other sectors requiring a high degree of scientific literacy.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Master of Medical Studies (MMS) program is a joint degree program of Laurentian University, in Sudbury, and Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay. Similar to NOSM’s MD graduates, the MMS graduates receive a joint degree from both Lakehead and Laurentian Universities. The MMS program is created to provide an avenue for physicians, already in practice, to learn and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful clinical academics. The MMS is unique in that it is specifically designed with a focus on clinician scientists who work primarily in Northern Ontario or similar rural or remote communities and ask research questions unique to these environments.
Courses in the MMS program focus on relevant training such as quantitative and qualitative research design; bioethics and integrity; critical appraisal; and northern, rural and remote practice. Courses are delivered using NOSM’s unique distributed community engaged learning model and are designed to incorporate socially accountable, community-engaged and clinically relevant research. The MMS is thesis based and includes independent research projects designed to provide students with real-world experience in conducting research. Students present their research annually at two conferences hosted in Northern Ontario by NOSM, Northern Constellations and the Northern Health Research Conference.
The MMS program at NOSM supports the continuing mandate of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada to train clinician scientists who will combine their clinical practice and delivery of medical care with meaningful and relevant research programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.