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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Chemical Engineering, MSc

Graduate Lakehead University
Decision Date: April 20, 2018

Designed to develop research capabilities and offer advanced learning opportunities, this two-year program includes courses, a research seminar and a thesis.

The specific objectives of the program are as follows:

a) provide opportunities for students to specialize in specific areas of Chemical Engineering and to participate in ongoing research programs;
b) provide opportunities for practicing engineers to develop as researchers and to contribute to engineering sciences;
c) foster the scholarly skills and independent research abilities of students through advanced courses, innovative applied research, writing of theses and  scientific papers, as well as presentations at seminars and scientific conferences;
d) attract outstanding undergraduate students to graduate studies and lay a foundation that encourages the pursuit of doctoral studies in Chemical Engineering and related disciplines;
e) help students acquire skills for future academic careers through their work as teaching assistants and student mentors

Graduate Diploma in Accounting, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Lakehead University
Decision Date: April 10, 2017

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting (Type 3 Diploma) is designed for Lakehead University Honours Bachelor of Commerce students (primarily, but not exclusively, Accounting Majors) who wish to develop graduate level skills and knowledge in the field of Accounting. The Diploma consists of the following courses: Integrative Analysis and Professional Judgement in Accounting; Financial Statement Analysis and Security Validation; Performance Measurement and Control; Ethics, Governance and Audit Quality; and Advanced Concepts in Taxation. The courses will be delivered through face-to-face instruction, facilitation and online elements and will use a case-based approach. The program is full-time over one semester. Graduates of Lakehead’s GDA will be eligible for advanced standing in the Chartered Professional Accountants’ Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) program and receive credit for four of the six PEP modules. Lakehead’s GDA is accredited by the Chartered Professional Accountants – Ontario.

Social Justice Studies, MA

Graduate Lakehead University
Decision Date: February 17, 2016

The Masters of Arts in Social Justice Studies is a 2-year interdisciplinary program designed to deliver a transformative education. Students are challenged to think critically about the values, cultural assumptions, and actions that maintain the current economic, political, and social structures which shape our day-to-day lives. Lakehead’s program empowers students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to question the informal and formal configurations of power and oppression within local, national, and global contexts. Students can pursue one of four streams – a course-based degree, a practicum, a creative project, or a research project.

Located within the territories of the Anishinaabe peoples, Lakehead’s Social Justice program allows students to focus on Indigenous issues and the North. Graduates of the program will possess a broad range of skills and competencies that position them to pursues careers that support social justice or continue further graduate studies at the Doctoral level.

Civil Engineering, MSc

Graduate Lakehead University
Decision Date: June 26, 2014

The objectives of the MSc in Civil Engineering are to develop research capabilities and offer advanced learning opportunities in the general area of Civil Engineering at Lakehead University. The program aims to attract students from the existing BEng program in Civil Engineering at Lakehead University as well as across Canada and internationally.

Students in the program are expected to specialize in sub-disciplines within Civil Engineering by taking advanced-level courses, reviewing and critically evaluating existing literature in specific research areas, conducting research and contributing to the advancement of engineering sciences in specific areas, preparing and presenting scholarly publications, and writing and defending a thesis. In addition, students may work as a teaching assistant in undergraduate courses or tutoring undergraduate student activities in laboratories. Overall, graduates of the program will exhibit the skills required for continued studies or advanced careers in industry.

Master's of Education, MEd - New Field in Education for Change

Graduate Lakehead University
Decision Date: October 16, 2013

Education for Change refers to educational theory, research, and practice specifically grounded in social change movements. Creating the educational conditions whereby social change becomes real requires development, implementation and evaluative research on educational efforts that foster social change as well as investigation of social forces both in and out of schools that perpetuate or increase injustice and oppression. Different social movement educations each have their own histories and emphases, but all recognize the complexity of social transformation and thus demand intersectional analyses.

Within the MEd Education for Change field of study are three specialization options: Environmental and Sustainability Education, Indigenous Education, and Social Justice Education. Given these specializations often intersect, students in this field of study will be able to choose one or more specializations if they wish. Graduating students will go on to be leaders in both formal and informal settings (e.g., elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, government, non-governmental organizations, parks, etc).

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD

Graduate Lakehead University
Decision Date: March 22, 2013

The objective of the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering program is to train students to conduct independent scientific research in the discipline of Electrical and Computer Engineering and its related subdisciplines. This program will help respond to the demand for engineering PhDs. Moreover, creating a local pool of highly qualified R&D engineers will help to develop the high-tech sector in Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario, a priority for our municipal and provincial governments.

The areas of specialization in this program are Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Mechatronics. The first three are well-established disciplines. The fourth, Mechatronics, is a new but increasingly important area that overlaps the first three disciplines and Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering, MSc

Graduate Lakehead University
Decision Date: December 18, 2012

The objectives of the MSc  in Mechanical Engineering are to develop research capabilities and offer advanced learning opportunities in the general area of Mechanical Engineering. This program aims to attract students from the existing BEng program in Mechanical Engineering at Lakehead University as well as qualified students from other Canadian and international universities.

The specific objectives of the program are:

  1. to provide an opportunity for students to specialize in specific areas of Mechanical Engineering;
  2. to develop research and development engineers in the field of Mechanical Engineering for the industry;
  3. to provide practising engineers an opportunity to develop as researcher and contribute to engineering sciences;
  4. to lay a foundation for students to pursue doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering and related disciplines;
  5. to foster the scholarly skills and independent research abilities of students in the program through advanced courses, doing research, writing theses and scientific papers, participating in seminars and an oral defence;
  6. to promote the research capabilities of the faculty members in Mechanical Engineering at Lakehead University; and
  7. to improve and expand research facilities at Lakehead University by attracting additional research funding.

Graduating students from the program are expected to specialize in subdisciplines within Mechanical Engineering by taking advanced-level courses, reviewing and critically evaluating existing literature in specific research areas, conducting research and contributing to the advancement of engineering sciences in specific areas, preparing and presenting scholarly publications, and writing and defending a thesis. In addition, students will acquire skills to help them in academic careers by marking assignments in undergraduate courses and monitoring undergraduate student activities in laboratories.