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: Western University
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The Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability is a two-term (eight month) course-based diploma program designed to provide interdisciplinary training to those working in and with the domestic and global mining industries. The program is geared toward those whose educational or professional experience is in a field other than law; it will provide them with a foundational understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern mining law and finance, as well as a range of social, environmental, and economic issues related to sustainable development.
Students in this program take four compulsory courses that cover essentials of mining law and finance, as well as the theory and practice of sustainability. Students must also take one “core” course in a field related to sustainability, and one elective course. These cover the range from Environmental Law, Aboriginal Law, and Corporate Social Responsibility, to Anti-Corruption Law and Corporate Finance. A Seminar on Interdisciplinary and Indigenous Perspectives provides the capstone to the program.
The objective of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Global Health Systems in Africa is to provide students with a transdisciplinary, knowledge-to-action, systems approach to training graduate students (in both research-based and professional programs) to become global leaders with experience in one of the most challenging, complex areas of the world. Students will explore thematic areas inspired by the 2015-2030 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals where Western University has established strengths such as in poverty reduction; maternal and newborn child health; HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases; environment and sustainability; and food and nutrition. The Collaborative Graduate Program will augment the training received in the student’s home department by providing specialized training in scholarship related to Global Health Systems in Africa. The Program is currently open to Master’s students and Doctoral students from Statistics, Microbiology and Immunology, Earth Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Astronomy, Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology, Geography, Anthropology and the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Master of Clinical Science (MClSc) in Driving Rehabilitation Therapy program is a one-year, three-term, interprofessional program. Students are licensed and/or regulated health care professionals who wish to pursue a career in driving rehabilitation. The educational experience concurrently focuses on practice and development of specialized skills, advanced practice behaviours, leadership activities and critical appraisal of research in the area of driving rehabilitation. Through a combination of distance and on-site learning and mentoring, this program trains students to screen, evaluate and provide evidence-based interventions for experienced licensed drivers representing populations across the lifespan. Graduates of this program are qualified to be entry-level driving rehabilitation therapists working with medically-at-risk drivers.
The Local Government Program’s Graduate Diploma in Public Administration is an interdisciplinary professional development program for mid-career managers who work in a local government environment. It is the only program of its kind in Canada. The program combines rigorous academic instruction with a hands-on, case-study approach. The objectives of the program are to: a) give students a broad-based, academically grounded understanding of the structure and operation of local government in Ontario and Canada; b) foster strong research, analytical, writing and verbal expression skills grounded in social science methods; and c) substantially enhance students’ ability to be effective, ethical, creative and strategic managers in local government. The program, which is usually taken on a part-time basis, consists of four courses: Advanced Local Government, Policy Process in Local Government, Organizational Behaviour, and Local Government Management. In addition, all students complete a final, Faculty-supervised independent Research Report of about 30 pages in length.
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The professional Master of Media in Journalism and Communication (MMJC) provides training for a broad spectrum of students interested in employment in the expanding fields of media production, content creation, journalism, communications-related fields and civil society. Recognizing that the journalism industry and media landscape are experiencing great change, this one-year program looks to the future by building upon and enhancing Western’s traditional strengths in storytelling. This innovative offering reflects current employment realities: the career trajectory of many media professionals encompasses both journalism and communication-related fields. The program will enable graduates to understand the underlying principles of media production, analyze changes in the field, and develop learning techniques that will not wed them to specific technologies. This range of core skill courses in communications and journalism, taught through integrated media platforms, will be augmented by courses in areas of expertise at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, such as: data mining, video production, information policy, and health communications & reporting.
The Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDip) is the post-undergraduate component of Western University’s CPA-Accredited programs (Ivey and DAN). Building on Ivey and DAN’s undergraduate components, the GDip provides a structured set of courses to allow students to acquire the more advanced technical and enabling competencies prescribed in the CPA Competency Map and Knowledge Supplement that are required to be certified as a CPA. Students who successfully complete both the undergraduate component, or the equivalent, and the Graduate Diploma component of the CPA-Accredited program will gain advanced standing in the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). Specifically, they will be exempted from CPA PEP’s two Core and two Elective modules and will only be required to successfully complete the two Capstone modules in order to become eligible to attempt the CPA Profession’s national qualifying examination known as the Common Final Examination (CFE).
The GDip is 13 weeks in length and consists of five mandatory courses. The five courses have been specifically designed to bridge the competencies that students developed at the undergraduate level into those required for advanced standing in CPA PEP.
The MMASc program is a 12-month, course-based, interdisciplinary program that includes an internship or Major Research Project. It is designed to enhance and link the academic and professional skills of BSc or BA graduates who will be highly qualified to enter the private or public-sector workforce with the academic and professional qualifications to assume leadership positions. The program is offered jointly by our Faculties of Science, Medicine & Dentistry, the DAN Management and Organizational Studies Program in the Faculty of Social Science, Arts & Humanities, and will eventually involve other faculties including the Faculty of Media and Information Studies. As the program grows, we anticipate the addition of more Faculties, and fields within those Faculties. This program is designed to prepare graduates to move into the business world with leadership and entrepreneurship skills that resonate with rapidly evolving careers – and some positions not yet even conceived – in government, NGOs, private industry or self employment.
The program is structured as a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with management and communications forming the hub and the fields of biological sciences, water sciences and biochemistry forming the spokes. Students will participate both in onsite courses and either an experiential learning opportunity (ELO) or a major research paper (MRP). The ELO will occur with an industry partner. A capstone event brings together students following their ELO or MRP, providing them with an opportunity to share their experiences.