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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Contemporary Art Theory, MA

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: June 19, 2020

The Master of Arts in Contemporary Art Theory is a bilingual program intended to develop research capability in various fields of contemporary art history and focuses on graduating academics specializing in the areas of contemporary art, contemporary visual culture (cinema, television, internet) and visual theory.

The program seeks to bring the methodologies of art history, visual culture, film studies and critical theory into dialogue with the contemporary world of images and representations, as well as digital visual humanities (online art networks, publications, collections, and archives).

This is a unique program in Canada because of its ability to offer: courses in both official languages; interaction with the collections and exhibitions of major cultural institutions (both federal, such as the National Gallery of Canada and municipal, such as the Ottawa Art Gallery); direct dialogue between art history graduate students and their Master of Fine Arts peers; interdisciplinarity (with gender studies, cinema, French studies, and digital humanities); student involvement in faculty research projects; and global perspectives (involving Environmental studies; World Cinema; and Middle East and Global South Studies).

The Master of Arts in Contemporary Art Theory will foster a strong depth of knowledge in academic research related to contemporary visual art and theory and the intersections between art and other fields (film, media, digital).  Via research and scholarship graduates of this program will acquire a wide variety of skills that develop their ability to participate in an academic research environment in their chosen field of specialization.  The program requirements encourage the development of high-level communication skills and the development of a wealth of transferable skills that will be useful to graduates regardless of their ultimate career trajectory.

Maîtrise ès arts en Théorie d’art contemporain

La Maîtrise ès arts en Théorie d’art contemporain est un programme bilingue destiné à développer les capacités de recherche dans divers domaines de l’histoire de l’art contemporain et s’adresse aux universitaires diplômés se spécialisant dans les domaines de l’art contemporain, de la culture visuelle contemporaine (cinéma, télévision, internet) et de la théorie visuelle.

Le programme vise à créer un dialogue entre les méthodologies de l’histoire de l’art, la culture visuelle, les études cinématographiques et la théorie critique avec le monde contemporain des images et des représentations, ainsi qu’avec les sciences humaines visuelles numériques (réseaux artistiques en ligne, publications, collections et archives).

Ce programme est unique au Canada en raison de sa capacité à offrir : des cours dans les deux langues officielles ; une interaction avec les collections et les expositions des grandes institutions culturelles (tant fédérales, comme le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, que municipales, comme la Galerie d’art d’Ottawa) ; un dialogue direct entre les étudiants diplômés en histoire de l’art et leurs pairs de la Maîtrise en Arts Visuels ; une interdisciplinarité (avec les études sur le genre, le cinéma, les études françaises et les humanités numériques) ; la participation des étudiants aux projets de recherche du corps professoral ; et des perspectives mondiales (impliquant les études environnementales, le cinéma mondial et les études sur le Moyen-Orient et le Sud Global).

La Maîtrise ès arts en Théorie d’art contemporain favorisera une forte profondeur de connaissances dans la recherche universitaire liée à l’art visuel contemporain et à la théorie et aux intersections entre l’art et d’autres domaines (cinéma, médias, numérique).  Grâce à la recherche et aux bourses, les diplômés de ce programme acquerront une grande variété de compétences qui développeront leur capacité à participer à un environnement de recherche universitaire dans leur domaine de spécialisation.  Les exigences du programme encouragent le développement de compétences de communication de haut niveau et l’acquisition d’une multitude de compétences transférables qui seront utiles aux diplômés, quelle que soit leur trajectoire de carrière finale.

Public Health, MPH

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: February 21, 2020

The MPH is a course-based program with an experiential learning component (Public Health Practicum) and a culminating experience (Applied Public Health Capstone Project) which demonstrates integration and synthesis of public health skills and knowledge. It is to be completed full-time over 4 terms.

The MPH builds on the School of Epidemiology and Public Health’ s(SEPH) existing strengths in global health, population health risk assessment, and empirical public health sciences. The content and structure of the program are also consistent with the Canadian Guidelines for MPH programs developed by the Network of Schools and Programs of Public and Population Health, the entity which represents the professional and academic public health community in Canada.

The MPH program will produce professionals who are competent, flexible, and ready to respond to diverse and changing population, disease, and political contexts in Canada and globally. In short it will prepare candidates for meaningful professional careers in the field of public health. The program has three goals: prepare leaders for strong and professional public health practice and policy work in Canada and globally; for graduates planning a professional public health practice career, ensure a superior understanding of the policy perspective; and for graduates planning a public health policy career, ensure a superior understanding of the scientific evidence perspective.

Students will opt into one of four areas in which to focus their learning: Public Health Practice, Public Health Policy, Global Health and Population Health Risk Assessment.

The MPH program can offer enhanced policy training to all enrolled students, and a policy stream that is unique in Ontario. This program will create leaders in the practice of public health and in public health policy analysis.

Another feature that is unique to the uOttawa MPH is that students may elect to undertake intensive language training (15 units over 5 terms) throughout their MPH studies through the MPH+ option. This option will help MPH students improve their abilities in a second (or third) language and will help them pursue their public health career-related goals in the language of their choice. MPH + students may take language courses in French, English, Arabic , Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Anthropology/Doctorat en anthropologie, PhD

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: January 24, 2020

The program features innovative training that brings together the existing strengths of anthropology (field work, ethnography, international experience, and multidisciplinarity) with a contemporary theoretical approach to the study of anthropology. Moreover, the program features a new curriculum that includes a professional development seminar and a comprehensive exercise that favours the integration of doctoral candidates into the labour market.

Le programme propose une formation innovante qui intègre les forces existantes de l’anthropologie (pratique de terrain, ethnographie, expérience internationale et multidisciplinarité) à une approche théorique contemporaine de l’anthropologie. De plus, le programme propose un nouveau curriculum qui incorpore un séminaire de formation professionnel et un exercice de synthèse afin de favoriser une meilleure intégration des doctorants au marché du travail.


Environmental Sustainability, PhD / Doctorat en durabilité de l’environnement

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: November 22, 2019

The PhD in Environmental Sustainability is an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on graduating professionals and academics specializing in the areas of environmental science, economics, law, and policy. The objective of the PhD in Environmental Sustainability is to train leaders and professionals with the skills and capacities needed to be effective in developing, analyzing, and empirically evaluating public policies and institutions designed to address the multiple challenges associated with the transition to sustainability. Students will be trained in considering environmental problems from the perspective of various disciplines of inquiry (with an emphasis on science, law, economics and policy) all of which are critical to the implementation and evaluation of solutions to environmental problems.

Le doctorat en durabilité de l’environnement est interdisciplinaire et vise à former des professionnels et universitaires se spécialisant dans les domaines des sciences de l’environnement, de l’économie, du droit et des politiques. L’objectif du doctorat en durabilité de l’environnement est de former des leaders et professionnels avec les compétences et les capacités requises pour être efficace dans le développement, l’analyse et l’évaluation empirique des politiques publiques et les institutions conçues pour aborder les défis multiples associés à la transition vers la durabilité. Les étudiants seront formés à considérer les problèmes environnementaux de la perspective de plusieurs disciplines (avec une emphase sur la science, le droit, l’économie et les politiques) qui sont cruciales pour le développement, la mise en œuvre et l’évaluation de solutions aux problèmes environnementaux.

Entrepreneurial Engineering Design, MEng

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: November 11, 2019

The Master of Engineering in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design provides advanced training and mentorship in engineering design in the context of entrepreneurship. The focus of the program is on the design of new products or technology that will be commercialized or made available to have community impact for engineers who aspire to start companies. The program requirements encourage the development of high-level communication skills and the development of a wealth of transferable skills that will be useful to graduates regardless of their ultimate career trajectory. These learning outcomes will be supported at all levels of the program requirements through the evaluation and mentorship of professors, advisors, peers, startup project committee members, and external mentors and coaches.

Interdisciplinary Research in Music/Doctorat en recherche interdisciplinaire en musique, PhD

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: August 23, 2019

The program is based on an interdisciplinary approach in which music studies are placed at the heart of the program and are combined with a complementary research discipline. The secondary discipline will reflect the research interests and expertise of students and their supervisors. This program prepares graduates for leadership roles in a society where musical culture is undergoing rapid changes. The interdisciplinary doctoral design of this program reflects the intricate combination of different methodological approaches often applied in music research today. Through a rigorous and interdisciplinary research training program, students will be better prepared to meet the challenges of a world where all aspects of the music industry and music research are in constant and rapid evolution.

Le programme repose sur une approche interdisciplinaire où les études musicales sont placées au cœur du programme et associées à une discipline de recherche complémentaire. La discipline secondaire reflétera les intérêts de recherche et l’expertise des étudiants et de leurs directeurs. Ce programme prépare les diplômés à des rôles de leadership dans une société où la culture musicale est en pleine mutation. La conception du doctorat interdisciplinaire reflète l’intégration complexe de différentes approches méthodologiques souvent appliquées en recherche musicale aujourd’hui. Grâce à un programme de formation à la recherche rigoureux et interdisciplinaire, les étudiants seront mieux préparés à relever les défis d’un monde où tous les aspects de l’industrie de la musique et de la recherche musicale évoluent constamment et rapidement.

Biomedical Engineering, PhD (Joint with Carleton University)

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: January 27, 2017

The Joint PhD in Biomedical Engineering builds upon and complements the existing Master of Applied Science/Master of Engineering program offered by the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME), which was established in 2006. The Institute draws on the expertise of two participating medical research units: the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. It also draws on the expertise of a number of prominent researchers from other associated academic units and research institutes at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The OCIBME also has close ties with local Ottawa hospitals, which provides unique opportunities for students.

As with the existing MASc/MEng program in Biomedical Engineering, the joint PhD is a multidisciplinary degree, welcoming applicants from a wide variety of academic fields, including engineering, computer science, biomedical sciences, and health sciences. It responds to increasing demand from students in these fields for highly specialized and innovative education in the area of biomedical engineering. The program consists of three courses and a thesis, with two of the courses in the area of biomedical engineering, and the third from any discipline related to the needs of the student’s research area. This elective course serves to cultivate the multidisciplinary character of biomedical engineering. As with other joint programs, students in this PhD program may choose elective graduate courses from either university.

The program provides several new and unique research dimensions in the field of biomedical engineering relative to other biomedical programs in Canada. It has the unique advantage of being offered jointly by a number of academic units from two major universities. Each of these units have distinguished research strengths and recognized contributions in a number of biomedical research fields. The sharing of research/laboratory facilities and major research collections between the two institutions also provides students with an outstanding spectrum of research resources.

Complex Project Leadership/Maîtrise en affaires de leadership de projets complexes, MM

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: May 20, 2016

The MBCPL program is designed to equip professionals with the competencies essential to define and lead the delivery of large, complex and inherently risky projects and programs in the infrastructure, IT, health, defence and business transformation sectors. This executive level Master of Business program allows a participant to work and study part time whilst earning their degree. The requisite knowledge, skills and attributes were defined by experienced global practitioners and codified by the International Centre for Complex Project Management. Current candidates and sponsors attest to seeing improved strategic decision making abilities, aligned program delivery with organizational strategy, improved employee performance and staff retention. Program topics include; stakeholder relationships and communications, acquisition strategies and risk management, building high performance teams, Big Data and A.I. The mentoring program also connects candidates with senior levels of Canadian government and industry to further hone their professional development and increase their professional network.

Le programme MBCPL est conçu pour doter les professionnels des compétences essentielles pour définir et diriger la réalisation de projets et de programmes de grande envergure, complexes et intrinsèquement risqués dans les secteurs de l’infrastructure, de l’informatique, de la santé, de la défense et de la transformation. Ce programme de niveau Master permet aux participants de travailler et d’étudier à temps partiel tout en obtenant leur diplôme. Les connaissances, compétences et attributs requis ont été définis par des praticiens mondiaux expérimentés et codifiés par l’International Centre for Complex Project Management. Les candidats et les sponsors actuels attestent de l’amélioration des capacités de prise de décisions stratégiques, de la mise en œuvre du programme avec la stratégie de l’organisation, de l’amélioration du rendement et de la fidélisation du personnel. Les sujets du programme incluent; relations et communications avec les parties prenantes, stratégies d’acquisition et gestion des risques, constitution d’équipes performantes, Big Data et I.A. Le programme de mentorat met également en relation les candidats avec les échelons supérieurs du gouvernement et de l’industrie du Canada afin de parfaire leur développement professionnel et d’accroître leur réseau professionnel.

Chartered Professional Accountancy/comptabilité professionnelle, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: February 8, 2016

Diplôme d’études supérieures en comptabilité professionnelle
Ce diplôme d’études supérieures en comptabilité professionnelle s’adresse aux candidats qui désirent obtenir le titre de Comptable Professionnel Agréé (CPA). Le diplôme couvre une partie du Programme de formation professionnelle développé par CPA Canada. Le diplôme aborde les compétences avancées en information financière, stratégie et gouvernance, comptabilité de gestion, audit et certification, finance et fiscalité, pour les opérations non courantes et complexes qui ne sont pas couvertes par la formation de premier cycle. De plus, une emphase importante est mise sur les compétences habilitantes liées au comportement professionnel et éthique, à la résolution de problèmes et prise de décisions, à la communication, l’autonomie, ainsi que le travail d’équipe et leadership.

Graduate diploma in chartered professional accountancy
This graduate diploma is of interest for candidates who wish to obtain the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. It is designed to cover part of the Professional Education Program developed by CPA Canada. The diploma addresses advanced competencies in financial accounting, strategy and governance, management accounting, audit and assurance, finance and taxation, mostly for non-routine and complex transactions not covered at the undergraduate level. It also has a greater focus on enabling competencies related to professional and ethical behaviour, problem solving and decision making, communication, self-management, and teamwork and leadership.

Science, Society and Policy/ Science, société et politique publique, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate University of Ottawa
Decision Date: November 3, 2014

The Graduate Diploma in Science, Society and Policy offers students specialized training in how to navigate and effectively work within science and innovation policy with respect to development, implementation and assessment.  The objective of the Graduate Diploma is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate the challenges confronting decision-making at the interface of science and policy, and to employ an interdisciplinary approach for addressing policy development and implementation relating to science and technology (S&T) innovation, governance and/or communication.

Le diplôme d’études supérieures en science, société et politiques publiques offre une formation spécialisée visant à équiper les étudiantes et étudiants pour travailler efficacement dans l’élaboration, la mise en œuvre et l’évaluation des politiques publiques en matière de science et d’innovation. L’objectif du diplôme d’études supérieures consiste à fournir aux étudiantes et étudiants les connaissances et les compétences requises pour évaluer les défis des décideurs à la croisée de la science et des politiques publiques, et d’utiliser des méthodes interdisciplinaires afin d’étudier l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre des politiques publiques relatives aux sciences et à la technologie (S et T), à l’innovation, à la gouvernance ou à la communication.