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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Data Analytics, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: October 3, 2016

The Graduate Diploma in Data Analytics (GDDA) is designed to provide students with deep quantitative skills and technical expertise to enable them to help organizations reap the most benefit from big data and to create competitive advantage in today’s highly competitive world. The GDDA’s broad academic and institutional objectives are to 1) offer graduate-level professional education in the emerging area of data analytics; 2) attract professionals and managers at all levels of organizations and across different industries, as well as students who are eager to learn and deepen their analytics skills 3) provide a foundation for students who plan to do applied research in data analytics.

The GDDA aims to enable students to enhance traditional descriptive analytics of explaining what has happened with predictive analytics to foresee what will happen under various future scenarios, and with prescriptive analytics to design best policies and actions under all circumstances. Predictive and prescriptive analytics enable organizations to transform insight into foresight and most importantly make transformative decisions to significantly improve business performance.

Applied Philosophy, PhD

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: May 20, 2016

The PhD program in Applied Philosophy is a new research program that will involve the completion of course work, a prospectus and a dissertation project. The program will include a significant experiential learning component. The most distinctive feature will be the Applied Research Placement – a two-term activity in which one term is spent doing research and the other involves confronting a practical problem in a placement with a host organization. The goals of the placement are for the students to gain experience in bridging the theoretical and practical aspects of their research areas and to provide the student unique training relevant to both non-academic employers and academic in philosophy. The program also includes courses specifically tailored to train students in application of philosophy to practical problems and the possibility of dissertation projects taking forms beyond that of the traditional monograph.

Accounting, GDip (Type 1)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: July 27, 2015

The program was subsequently closed

Planning, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: June 8, 2015

The Graduate Diploma in Planning will be an on-line, course-based, professional program primarily for practicing planners and related professions. The Diploma is intended to attract students interested in expanding and updating their knowledge, enhancing their employment flexibility and generating opportunities for advancement. The proposed program is for-credit, offered to domestic and international students. The on-line offering of the proposed program allows practitioners with busy schedules to participate and to count their course work as part of their continuing professional education requirements. The program will normally be offered only for part-time study.

Green Energy, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: July 29, 2013

The Graduate Diploma (Type 3) in Green Energy is a for-credit graduate program offered to domestic and international students to advance their professional knowledge and skills in the growing discipline of green energy engineering. It is an online, course-based, professional development program for practicing engineers interested in expanding and updating their knowledge in green energy engineering.

This program will engage practitioners with topics on the science of renewable energy generation, best practices, technology trends and new research directions. As the renewable energy industry continues to expand globally, the program will strengthen the knowledge base of the engineering workforce in the renewable energy and building construction sectors.

Integrated Water Management, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: May 6, 2013

The objective of the Integrated Water Management program is to provide students with a broad, multi‐disciplinary foundation in water science and engineering, technology and management. Students will gain discipline expertise from their parent departments. The parent and collaborative programs combined will provide master’s and PhD students with a specialist area of focus and level of understanding of other water-related disciplines such that they can be effective in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary settings and will prepare:

  1. master’s students for the workforce or further graduate study and research leading toward a PhD, or
  2. PhD students for a career as scholars, researchers or practitioners.

The interdisciplinary objective of the collaborative program will be achieved through successful completion of one graduate course on the key principles, concepts, tools and terminology of multiple water-related disciplines covering science and engineering, technology and management aspects and one course where students work in teams to address water issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Master of Arts in Public Issues Anthropology, MA

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: April 24, 2013

The Master of Arts in Public Issues Anthropology program is designed to cross-cut and integrate all of the traditional subdisciplines of Anthropology, including Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology.  This program seeks to bring anthropological knowledge and approaches to bear on issues that are of demonstrated interest to society generally, emphasizing Anthropology’s relevance to and engagement with a wide array of social issues that interest and impact diverse publics. The required coursework promotes methodological and theoretical competence, and expands both the students’ knowledge and their communication skills (written and oral). The research component (leading to the production of a Master’s Thesis) functions to deepen students’ understanding of Anthropology and provide them with opportunities to demonstrate the innovativeness and relevance of their acquired knowledge and skills.

Master of Health Evaluation, MHE

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: March 22, 2013

The Master of Health Evaluation program is a professional (non-thesis) program consisting of three terms of coursework (if taken full time), plus one additional term of professional experience in a workplace setting. Students will have the option of enrolling full time or parttime.

This program will provide the necessary tools for students to become core members of the health and/or public health team who are well versed in the evaluative research and practice skills and competencies. This  program will be able to increase the number of professionals with working experience in health care and public health settings who are well versed in evaluation and its applications within the health system. It will help to address the demand for competent evaluation practitioners required in governmental, nongovernmental and private organizations.

Pharmacy, PhD

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: February 20, 2013

The PhD program in Pharmacy leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. It is structured as a research-based thesis degree incorporating milestones that reflect the educational outcomes of the program.  The objective of the PhD program is to prepare students for advanced research careers in academia, government, healthcare or industry. Several departments will be associated with this program through collaborative research, facility and equipment utilization and cross departmental co-supervision and advisory guidance of program candidates.


Classical Studies, MA

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: January 24, 2013

The program will provide students with advanced training in the study of the ancient world, focusing primarily on the culture of Greece and Rome but also encompassing the surrounding cultures with which they interacted. It is a research degree that will take 16 months to complete. Students can choose between a more coursework-based program with a Major Research Paper, or a more research-intensive Thesis option with fewer coursework requirements. The program will be offered full-time.

The program will provide students with the research skills, language training and extensive exposure to material relating to the ancient Greco-Roman world construed broadly, from its origins in pre-Classical Greece through the domination of Roman culture and the impact of these on the developments of subsequent centuries, including the early modern period. It will be a research-intensive program that will allow the next generation of scholars and citizens to progress further in their studies relating to the ancient world and to gain a deeper understanding of the origins of our own culture. The program will prepare graduates to continue on to academic studies at the PhD level or, alternately, to work in and/or engage in further professional training in broader contexts (for example, in teaching, information sciences, museum studies, restoration work, architecture and law).