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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Human Relationships, PhD

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: September 23, 2016

The PhD in Human Relationships offers students the opportunity to build on their professional experience in the fields of pastoral leadership and spiritual care and psychotherapy through advanced scholarship and a dissertation. Graduates are prepared to make contributions in fields such as ministry, psychotherapy, spiritual care and higher education.

Students in the PhD in Human Relationships focus their study in one of two fields: Pastoral Leadership or Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. The Pastoral Leadership field is designed for those who serve the spiritual and social needs of religious congregations, and faith based and community organizations. PhD students undertake disciplined reflection and extensive research in their area of ministry. The program elements and courses are designed to support the student’s progress toward the final completion of their PhD dissertation. The student’s dissertation makes a significant contribution to the existing knowledge in the field and assists and challenges their denomination or community to better understand and undertake its mission.

The Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy field is intended for persons who seek to build upon already existing competencies in spiritual care and psychotherapy and related disciplines, Students undertake advanced studies and training in the theoretical and theological foundations of spiritual care and psychotherapy in conjunction with post-practicum clinical education in the practice of individual, couple and family therapy or spiritual care. The program elements and courses are designed to support the student’s progress toward the final completion of their PhD dissertation. The student’s dissertation makes a significant contribution to the existing knowledge in the field of spiritual care and psychotherapy.

Applied Computing, MAC

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: June 17, 2016

The Master of Applied Computing (MAC) program is designed to combine theory and practice in order to provide students with an advanced degree and skill set that is relevant to today’s computing professional. A flexible program structure allows students to choose a degree pathway that suits their future education or employment needs. The full-time MAC program can be completed via Thesis or Co-operative Education option in five terms or 20 months. The program will also be offered in a part-time, course-based stream. Courses in the program focus on current topics such as mobile computing, data mining, enterprise computing and machine learning, and combine advanced theoretical knowledge with practical, transferable skills. An emphasis on the integration between theory and practice, application to the business world, and soft skill development make the Master of Applied Computing program a unique offering within the province of Ontario.

Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: May 11, 2015

The Diploma in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy is a diploma that consists of six courses to be selected from the graduate course offerings at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The Diploma offers students an opportunity to build on previous graduate education or to specialize in an area of psychotherapy such as addictions or children and adolescents. The Diploma may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. The structure of the Diploma is designed to offer students the flexibility they need in order to fulfil their professional learning goals.

Accounting, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: February 3, 2014

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting is designed to be completed by students in one full-time term and includes five graduate level accounting courses designed for students pursuing a professional accounting designation such as the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation. These courses bridge the gap between the knowledge provided by undergraduate accounting courses and the knowledge required to write the CPA examinations.

Biological and Chemical Sciences, PhD

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: November 14, 2013

The PhD program in biological and chemical sciences is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. This is a research-intensive program, with selected coursework and seminar requirements structured to complement the research component and ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Student research is supervised by faculty using an apprenticeship training model, in which faculty assist students in developing and conducting research that is focused on the students developing into independent researchers.

Kinesiology, PhD

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: June 28, 2013

The main objective of the PhD program in Kinesiology is to provide graduate students with a highly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the examination of issues involved with physical activity, sport, exercise, health and physical education. This program will be primarily research-oriented. Graduate students, in close collaboration with faculty members, will investigate important questions across a wide range of populations including typically developing children and those with motor delays (such as Autism) through to healthy older adults and those dealing with challenging disorders (for example, individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and/or Multiple Sclerosis).

Community Music, MA

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: December 18, 2012

Music in the Community may or may not be formal. Leadership in community music may be volunteer (uncompensated) or professional (compensated). Music in the Community may be part of a larger institution or may be a grassroots, private initiative enterprise. Accordingly, this program is premised on an open concept of Music in the Community and the advancement of such musical practices; it is designed as a part-time degree study. Those seeking to acquire community music leadership skills, and to be recognized by the community as qualified to hold positions of leadership, require advanced training and scholarship. This Master of Arts degree in Community Music provides both requisites and, in so doing, creates a defined standard of achievement.

The program will attract community leaders with an undergraduate degree who are or plan to be engaged in creating and/or making music in schools, places of worship, ensembles, private studios and elsewhere. Scholarly study provides a critical and theoretical framework, while applied experience provides the necessary skills and practical understanding for meeting the expectations of community music leadership.

Social Justice and Community Engagement, MA

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: November 12, 2012

Through an applied focus at the local scale, the Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) program is committed to engaged scholarship informed by critical social justice/environmental justice theories and approaches. The program fosters students’ abilities to investigate and understand the root causes of injustice and to engage in the promotion of social justice/environmental justice principles and actions at the community level.

Through course work, a community placement and a major research project (MRP), students will develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. The program provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through the community placement and research capabilities that culminate in the capstone MRP. This provides students with the optimum combination of skills and knowledge to successfully continue into doctoral research or obtain employment in this sector.

User Experience Design, BDes (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: July 28, 2016

The Honours Bachelor of Design degree in User Experience Design (UXD) is a four year program in which students will earn two credentials: an Honours Bachelor of Design from Laurier and a Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College in Interactive Media Management – User Experience.

Through the UXD program, students will progressively work towards mastery of all aspects of user-centred design, including undertaking needs assessments, creating design solutions, and evaluating design outcomes. This program combines design education with technical instruction and hands-on training to configure interactive design strategies using existing and emerging technologies. This will prepare students to act as user experience design practitioners or consultants in website and application development, as well as immersive, virtual, and mobile environments. The Graduate Certificate will facilitate the development of strong technical knowledge to complement the theoretical and critical skills developed through a liberal arts university education.

With a blend of courses in design and liberal arts, graduates of this program will have the necessary creative and critical skills to be well-rounded contributors to the experience design process, and will be well-positioned to enter a growing job market with a professionalized, high demand degree. Vertical integration and job readiness will be ensured through the students’ use of an electronic portfolio throughout their four years of study; through optional internship and co-op opportunities; and through a capstone project in their final year.

Work and Employment, BA (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: June 17, 2016

Work is central to human experience. This program provides a unique and broadly-based interdisciplinary investigation of the historical and contemporary dimensions of the experience of work and the developing terrain of employment in Canada and the globalized world. Students gain an understanding of the rapidly changing world of work through courses on innovative work arrangements, conflict resolution, global labour issues, labour history, collective bargaining, employment law, work-life balance, disabilities studies, occupational health and safety, workplace diversity, and much more. The program encourages students to consider how the arrangements and contexts of work and practices within workplaces can further leverage social inclusion, diversity and the development of the whole person.

The program will appeal to students seeking a broad university education that also imparts job ready skills. Students can take the full four-year BA program, or can choose to take the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Work & Employment in combination with one of two graduate certificates from Conestoga College: Human Resources Management or Career Development Practitioner. Students pursuing this route take courses for the Conestoga certificate program in their third year of studies in classrooms on the Laurier Brantford campus. In just four years, students following this pathway can earn both a Laurier Honours BA degree and a Conestoga graduate certificate.

The program provides the necessary foundational knowledge for graduates to obtain positions in the employment field – a broad and growing sector in today’s job market – in such areas as career counselling, labour relations, human resources or workplace training, and in private industry, public policy and administration, social services, law, teaching, mediation and dispute resolution, the labour movement, journalism, community development or much more. Our graduates will also be well-positioned to pursue multiple opportunities in graduate education.