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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Interdisciplinaire en études relationnelles, MA

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: February 24, 2023

Maîtrise interdisciplinaire en études relationnelles

Le programme de maîtrise ès arts interdisciplinaire en études relationnelles est un programme unique en son genre qui englobe toutes les disciplines de la Faculté des arts. Il traite des points communs et des différences entre les méthodes et théories employées dans les disciplines pour interpréter et analyser les pratiques et questions pratiques de la société, de l’histoire, de l’éthique, de la politique, de l’économie, de la santé, du droit, de la littérature, de la linguistique, et, plus généralement, de la culture. Il regroupe les membres du corps étudiant autour de thèmes qui traversent et transcendent les frontières disciplinaires et facilite l’échange de savoirs et la liaison entre les disciplines. Il ouvre ainsi une fenêtre sur un ensemble de connaissances et une théorie relationnelle de l’interdisciplinarité, qui se développent au fil des travaux Le programme a de nombreux liens avec des communautés du Nord de l’Ontario et d’ailleurs. La participation du programme à ces réseaux offre aux étudiants un terrain d’acquisition de connaissances et de compétences. Il comporte une composante de recherche sur le terrain dans laquelle les membres du corps étudiant évoluent dans diverses communautés faisant partie de leurs réseaux afin d’appliquer leurs pratiques et leurs méthodes d’interprétation dans des contextes concrets. Il met en lumière non seulement les pratiques, questions pratiques et problèmes (économiques, sociaux, culturels et politiques) dans la perspective des théories pertinentes, mais enrichit et améliore la théorie en la mettant à l’épreuve et en l’appliquant aux pratiques, questions pratiques, défis et problèmes qui surgissent dans la communauté. Il emploie les nouvelles technologies de communication de manière innovatrice afin de rehausser son accent interdisciplinaire et de regrouper dans une communauté interdisciplinaire virtuelle la population étudiante, le corps professoral et les communautés faisant partie de son réseau. En veillant à ce que l’étudiants acquière des compétences solides en analyse, en communication et en relations humaines, ce programme prépare à œuvrer sur le marché du travail.

Maîtrise interdisciplinaire en études relationnelles

The Maîtrise ès arts interdisciplinaire en études relationnelles is a unique program that encompasses all of the Faculty of Arts disciplines. It looks at the similarities and differences that exist between methods and theories used in the disciplines to interpret and analyze practices and hands-on issues of society, history, ethics, politics, economics, health, law, literature, linguistics and, more generally, culture. The program brings students together in specific subject fields that span and transcend disciplinary boundaries, and facilitates knowledge exchange and connections among disciplines. In this way, it opens a window to a body of knowledge and a relational theory of interdisciplinarity that develop through course assignments. The program has many ties with communities in northern Ontario and beyond, and its participation in these networks opens opportunities for knowledge and skills acquisition. The program includes a field research component that promotes students’ development in various communities that are part of their networks by allowing them to apply to real-life contexts the practices and interpretation methods they have acquired. Not only does the program highlight practises, hands-on issues and challenges (economic, social, cultural and political) in the context of relevant theories, it also enriches and enhances theory by testing it, and applying it to practices, hands-on issues, challenges and problems that arise in the community. It utilizes new communication technologies in innovative ways to emphasize its interdisciplinary focus and regroup students, faculty and communities in its network to form a virtual interdisciplinary community. By ensuring that students acquire solid analysis, communication and relational skills, this program prepares them for the labour market.


Master of Health Administration, MHA (English version of the program only).

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: April 22, 2022

Health care providers, who are educated to practice in their field, transition to administrative positions at times without the requisite foundation of knowledge in health administration.   A Master of Health Administration program has been developed at Laurentian University which aims to deliver a comprehensive curriculum fully online and related to health care in Canada, but also takes aim at specific, essential features of our health care system related to rural and northern communities.  Fundamental content related to Indigenous health administration is embedded in all the courses and students must complete a certificate in Indigenous Cultural Safety as a requirement for graduation.  The curriculum combines both theoretical and descriptive content with real-world experiences.  By the end of this program, graduates will be skilled and adept in management and will be competent leaders in health care organizations.

Masters in Environmental Solutions, MEnv

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: February 21, 2020

The Master of Environmental Solutions (MEnv) is a novel program that focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the development of innovative, environmental solutions. Combining an applied research approach with a public-facing communications emphasis, our program is a two-year experience engaging graduates of environmentally-themed undergraduate programs.

Core coursework includes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental stewardship and environmental solutions, using case studies and team-taught seminars to study and critically investigate holistic environmental research; an interdisciplinary environmental methods seminar; and a seminar from our unique Science Communications graduate program that develops skills in the communication and dissemination of research in accessible and exciting ways. In addition to an elective course of the student’s choosing, the degree culminates with a Thesis in which the student examines an environmental research problem. One outcome of the thesis includes its communication in a popular social medium accessible to a wide public audience.

The knowledge and skills gained in the MEnv program prepare students to appreciate, understand, study, and communicate environmental problems and solutions from perspectives across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This degree prepares students for a number of careers in the environmental sector, or to continue into a relevant PhD program.

Human Kinetics, PhD

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: February 15, 2019

The PhD in Human Kinetics is designed to train progressive thinkers, leaders and experts who have advanced understanding and skills to innovate and expand knowledge in the field of Human Kinetics to benefit society. Students will have the opportunity to pursue independent research in the broad fields of Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness or Multi-Cultural Physical Activity and Sport.  Through a required independent study course that may include an internship or community-based learning component, students will be encouraged to engage in applied research with community or workplace partners.  Students will also have the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary research and knowledge dissemination skills through affiliation with research centres including the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, Centre for Research in Northern and Rural Health, and Multi-Cultural Sport Research Group.

Students will be required to complete three graduate level courses, pass a comprehensive exam, and conduct independent research which includes writing and defending a dissertation.  Students will also have an opportunity to develop teaching skills through paid graduate teaching-assistant placements. Graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in academia, the private sector, public health agencies, workplace health and safety organizations, provincial and national sport governing bodies, and other government agencies.

Forensic Science, MFS

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: September 19, 2018

The Master of Forensic Science (MFS) program is unique in Canada, and one of very few Canadian graduate programs focused specifically on forensic science practice. The program is an accelerated 12-month research intensive experience targeting graduates of undergraduate forensic science programs accredited by the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

Building upon skills acquired during undergraduate studies in forensic science, students in the MFS may choose to specialize in Forensic DNA Analysis, Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Toxicology, or a more general focus on Forensic Science.

Coursework covers principles of quality assurance in forensic science, research methods and advanced topics in various forensic disciplines. The degree culminates with an 8-month intensive applied practice project, wherein students will design, budget and conduct research on a forensic science problem defined by faculty and/or external partners within the forensic community. It is expected that the results of the applied practice project will be published in the peer-reviewed forensic literature or presented at a forensic science conference.

The knowledge and skills gained in the program prepare students for a growing number of careers in forensic science, and in other sectors requiring a high degree of scientific literacy.

Master of Medical Studies, MMS (Joint with Lakehead University)

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: August 24, 2018

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Master of Medical Studies (MMS) program is a joint degree program of Laurentian University, in Sudbury, and Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay. Similar to NOSM’s MD graduates, the MMS graduates receive a joint degree from both Lakehead and Laurentian Universities. The MMS program is created to provide an avenue for physicians, already in practice, to learn and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful clinical academics. The MMS is unique in that it is specifically designed with a focus on clinician scientists who work primarily in Northern Ontario or similar rural or remote communities and ask research questions unique to these environments.

Courses in the MMS program focus on relevant training such as quantitative and qualitative research design; bioethics and integrity; critical appraisal; and northern, rural and remote practice. Courses are delivered using NOSM’s unique distributed community engaged learning model and are designed to incorporate socially accountable, community-engaged and clinically relevant research. The MMS is thesis based and includes independent research projects designed to provide students with real-world experience in conducting research. Students present their research annually at two conferences hosted in Northern Ontario by NOSM, Northern Constellations and the Northern Health Research Conference.

The MMS program at NOSM supports the continuing mandate of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada to train clinician scientists who will combine their clinical practice and delivery of medical care with meaningful and relevant research programs.

Master of Architecture, MArch

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: October 14, 2016

The Master’s degree in Architecture (MArch) is unique in Canada. The program draws heavily upon the study of northern community needs coupled with an integrated approach to building systems for northern climates. Building with wood, design for climate change and digital fabrication are three areas of study for advanced graduate work, including a final design Thesis. The program length is two-years, with continued focus on experiential learning through design-build and community-design projects. Design studio options include ‘Architecture and Craft,’ ‘Indigenous Design’ or ‘Community Building.’ Two terms are devoted to co-operative education, placing students in design related offices locally, nationally and internationally. Specialized research is presented through research seminars while professional practice is emphasized through co-operative education and an advanced course in architectural practice. Courses on fabrication further expose students to the relationship between architecture and industry through making. A design Thesis forms the spine of the second year. Design courses (including Thesis) and co-operative placements are offered in both French and English.

The program strives to become recognized nationally for Indigenous Design at the graduate level. Indigenous worldviews and knowledge are present throughout the program, delivered in particular courses and through various community settings. The knowledge and skills gained in the professional program prepare students to enter into the profession of architecture. Graduates can expect to find employment as intern architects or enter into a variety of related design fields including urban design, community planning, sustainable design, environmental design, or digital fabrication.

Science Communications, MSCom

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: September 23, 2016

The Master’s degree in Science Communication (MSCom) is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. The program is an intense 12 month experience that covers the theory underlying good communication as well as the practical challenges of effectively communicating science and the issues involving science in society. Courses include learning, design and rhetorical theory, the application of new social and traditional media, exhibit development and research methods. This is a 12-month program with an eight week work placement. The program is delivered in partnership with Science North, the local science centre, which provides students with experiential learning opportunities for research and application of science communication principles. Students also need to write a Major Research Paper to complete the program. The knowledge and skills gained in the program prepare students for a growing number of careers in science communication. Graduates can expect to find employment with government agencies, NGOs, science centres, museums, zoos and aquariums, and leading research centres such as Perimeter Institute and Triumf, and wherever communicating complex scientific ideas and information is needed.

Master of Indigenous Relations, MIR

Graduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: March 22, 2013

The MIR in Master of Indigenous Relations will provide graduate education to students that centers on Indigenous perspectives and worldviews. It acknowledges the complex nature of Indigenous issues, and builds capacity for knowledge generation through the mobilization of Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge and epistemology. The program is interdisciplinary in nature.

Forensic Identification, BFI

Undergraduate Laurentian University
Decision Date: April 16, 2014

The Forensic Identification Program is a professional degree designed exclusively for experienced Forensic Identification Officers already working for Police Services in that capacity. The degree is designed to enhance the expertise of those officers. It builds on the training they have already acquired in the Forensic Identification Diploma they received from the Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police College by providing intellectual depth in the relevant sciences used in crime scene analysis. Further, it provides a deepened understanding of the rules of evidence in the criminal justice process and introduces some key themes in professional ethics.