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: Trent University
The Graduate Diploma in Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment (GDip BMA) program is an 8-month (2 semester) course-based professional graduate diploma program that integrates biological monitoring and assessment concepts and issues within an environmental context, designed to prepare students for the environmental workforce upon graduation. The curriculum of the BMA program will provide foundational and practical knowledge, including foundational understanding of the principles, technical aspects and human dimensions of bioenvironmental monitoring and assessment. Bioenvironmental science can be defined as “the systematic study of the interactions between biological systems and the environment using innovative applied research tools and fundamental research”. Students will complete six online half-credit courses (total of 3.0 credits). The coursework for this program can be completed entirely online in the Fall and Winter semesters.
The Master of Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment (MBMA) program is a 1-year (3 semesters) course-based program that integrates biological monitoring and assessment concepts and issues within an environmental context, designed to prepare students for the environmental workforce upon graduation. This degree will emphasize practical and applied course-based education, along with experiential learning, to give students professional skills and experience that are crucial for success in the competitive environmental employment sector in Canada. This is accomplished by providing practical knowledge and experiential learning through a professional work placement, or placement. Students will complete a total of nine courses/six credits. The coursework for Terms 1 and 2 can be completed entirely online in the Fall and Winter semesters. In Term 3 (Summer), students will complete 1 course (2.0 credits) consisting of a 15-week placement and a 1-week capstone course. During the placement course, Master’s students will complete placements with environmental sector partners to acquire valuable ‘real-world’ experience, which will be followed by a mandatory week-long face-to-face capstone session on the Trent campus to synthesize the experience and participate in a networking event.
The Master of Management (MMgt) is a program of study designed to benefit those interested in taking on leadership positions in management either in Canada or abroad. The full-time, sixteen- month, course-based Master of Management situated within the School of Business at Trent University Durham provides students who have recently graduated from non-business majors the skills they need to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Students can begin the program directly after their university graduation, or with up to five years of post-graduation work experience. Developed to address the needs of today’s employers, the Master of Management (MMgt) curriculum provides students with a grounding in a broad spectrum of business and management disciplines, from accounting to corporate finance and marketing to strategic management. The program will encourage students to understand the larger social issues facing business organizations in today’s changing environment. The Program will be offered over four terms; students will take thirteen courses: four in the fall, four in the winter, a summer work integrated learning opportunity, plus four courses in the final fall term. This means students from the program will graduate with the edge needed in a competitive business environment both in Canada and overseas.
Trent University’s Master of Instrumental Chemical Analysis is a one-year degree program consisting of two terms of course work with practical elements and a third term internship. Graduates will gain a sound understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of modern mass spectrometric and chromatographic instruments, and will undertake real analyses and data work during an internship in the final term. Trent University is uniquely placed to develop and offer such a program, due to its Water Quality Centre which has been recognized as one of the world’s best facilities for analysis of a wide variety of elements and compounds, primarily of environmental concern. The program responds to the critical need for graduates who have a theoretical understanding of how modern instruments function and the skills to actually operate them. Graduates will pursue careers in a broad range of disciplines in commercial, industry, academic and government laboratories.
The Master of Science in Forensic Science is a one-year, professional course-based program designed for students interested in pursuing a professional career in the forensic sciences. The program combines academic instruction with practical application and professional orientation. Students are provided with an understanding of the value of research and case-specific experimentation as well as nurturing and developing effective communication techniques to present technical scientific analysis to scientific and non-scientific audiences. The program consists of three terms; courses in terms 1 and 2 are designed for students to learn and implement best practices in crime scene investigation as well as forensic biology, toxicology, physical sciences and expert witness testimony. The final term will be a designated full-time project, where students will complete an independent research project at a recognized academic, private or public sector institution.
Trent University’s Graduate Diploma (Type 3) in Instrumental Chemical Analysis is composed of two terms of course work with practical elements. The Diploma is aimed at students who have practical experience with the operation of analytical equipment. Emphasis will be placed on providing graduates with the theoretical fundamentals of mass spectrometry and chromatography, as well as the operation and maintenance of a new set of instruments. Trent University is uniquely placed to develop and offer such a program, due to its Water Quality Centre which has been recognized as one of the world’s best facilities for analysis of a wide variety of elements and compounds, primarily of environmental concern. The program responds to the critical need for graduates with both the theoretical understanding of how modern instruments function and the skills to actually operate them. Graduates will pursue careers in a broad range of disciplines in commercial, industry, academic and government laboratories.
Building on previously acquired entry to practice Registered Nurse competencies, this graduate diploma in mental health nursing is aimed at Registered Nurses who wish to become clinical practice leaders in the specialty of mental health and addictions nursing. Participants will engage in a five course program of study distributed over five semesters. The primary method of delivery is asynchronous online learning using the Blackboard learning platform, with readings, online discussions, and assignments distributed over a 12 week semester. In addition, in each semester, learners will participate in two eight hour on-campus workshops led by a faculty member, which will include a variety of active learning and simulation experiences. Graduates of this program will be awarded a graduate diploma in Mental Health and Addictions Nursing.
The M.Ed. in Educational Studies program will prepare students to make significant contributions to an increasingly complex world by experiencing personal and professional development that is enhanced by global perspectives, experiential learning and an over-arching interdisciplinary approach. Students will draw on the expertise of core faculty from education, business administration, Canadian studies, English literature, Indigenous studies, history and psychology who offer courses that involve collaboration across theoretical perspectives and frameworks.
The program will attract professionals in the field of education with its educational foci, such as medical/nursing teaching, environmental education, intersecting areas of psychology and education, and social work. It will also meet the needs of the local teaching profession who desire a higher professional degree; something increasingly seen as essential for professional advancement.
Focus will be on: curriculum, critical literacies, and leadership and education administration.
Conservation biology is the study of science behind conserving the world’s wildlife. In this program, students will study the decline of biological diversity to better understand the solutions to this worldwide crisis. Studying everything from lichens on a tree to elephants, students will learn about a variety of species and organisms. Students will investigate population dynamics and current threats and explore ways to preserve and protect the environment and its inhabitants. Topics of study will include: Ecology, Animal and Plant Diversity, Evolution, Organismal Biology and Behaviour, and Population Genetics. The degree is available as a BSc Honours with a placement in 4th year (4-yr program) or a co-op option (5-yr program). Through the program’s experiential learning opportunities, students will apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world, working alongside leading organizations, agencies and researchers in the field of Conservation Biology.
The BSc Honours in Environmental Geoscience integrates the disciplines of geology, biology, chemistry and geography to study the interaction between human activities and earth systems. The proposed program will strengthen Trent’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and will be housed in the recently established Trent School of the Environment (TSE). In Canada, professional accreditation is a legal requirement for individuals working in the field of geoscience and the curriculum of this program has been carefully designed to satisfy the ‘minimum knowledge requirements’ of the ‘Environmental Geoscience’ stream identified by Geoscientists Canada (https://geoscientistscanada.ca). Students will receive strong foundational training in geoscience, and develop breadth of knowledge in the other sciences. Students will further their knowledge and experience with a capstone experiential learning opportunity in fourth year, and a compulsory field course will provide opportunities to apply and master geoscience techniques.