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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Criminology, BA

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: December 9, 2020

This degree emphasizes a critical interdisciplinary approach to the study of criminalization and practices of social control and punishment. Learning will focus on progressive law and policy reforms such as restorative justice that are rooted in Indigenous knowledge, critical aging, and feminist anti-violence research. Students will become knowledgeable in alternative responses to harm and reparation. With experiential learning opportunities in years three and four, graduates will develop skills in digital competency, analytical approaches to law and policy focused research, interpreting criminalization and punishment data, and the development of and engagement with community based responses to violence, harm, and social disadvantage.

Interdisciplinary Social Research, PhD

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: October 30, 2020

The PhD in Interdisciplinary Social Research will require candidates to draw on multiple disciplines simultaneously for a holistic approach to addressing social issues of the past, present and future. The program will provide the theoretical, methodological, and experiential training ground for the development of comprehensive research and analysis skills. The program emphasizes social inquiry, interdisciplinary research, and professional scholarship as the foundation for understanding and addressing complex social issues. Key themes include entrepreneurship and social innovation; education and learning sciences; environment and sustainability; health and aging; leadership and management; socio-cultural contexts, social justice and community engagement, and international contexts.

Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment, MSc

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: April 26, 2019

The Master of Science in Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment degree is a thesis-based program that provides graduate-level training in the field of environmental monitoring and assessment with a focus on biological systems. Through state-of-the-art technologies, students will determine innovative methods of addressing challenges in the monitoring and assessment of biological systems. The primary thematic foci for this graduate program include habitat quality assessment; population trend and viability analysis; biological change and species adaptation monitoring; biological informatics applications; gene expression and bioinformatics; ecological time series analysis; ecosystem services and sustainable yields evaluation; and biomarker development. Distinct features of the program include the analysis of existing or synthetic datasets, development of professional and technical skills, and the completion of a placement.

Nursing Professional Practice Leadership, MScN (Joint with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: March 22, 2019

Trent and UOIT have formed a partnership to offer a MScN in Professional Practice Leadership. The MScN program will prepare graduates to contribute to an increasingly complex health care sector by providing an education that includes mentorship, interdisciplinary opportunities and experiential learning through research, project and class assignments. Professional practice leaders are responsible for ensuring and implementing expert practice, the facilitation of professional development, research and providing leadership; they are often charged with quality assurance and safety as well and the program is designed to develop expertise in these areas. The program is largely online and will begin with a 1-week face to face residency component to ensure that current professionals with high working demands are able to pursue the program. Graduates of the program will be granted a MScN by UOIT in collaboration with Trent University or a MSN by Trent University in collaboration with UOIT.

Educational and Community Leadership, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: June 11, 2018

The Graduate Diploma (Type 3) in Educational and Community Leadership is a part-time program aimed at professionals interested in education issues and leadership roles in education. Participants will engage in a five-course program of study distributed over four semesters. The method of delivery is a hybrid of the first and last courses being face-to-face in block format, and the three middle courses being either online learning or face-to-face courses. Grounded in Trent’s commitment to environmental sustainability, social justice and community development, the program will encourage and develop students’ research skills, Educational and Community Leadership skills and their capacity for critical analysis.

Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: April 23, 2018

The Graduate Diploma in Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment (GDip BMA) program is an 8-month (2 semester) course-based professional graduate diploma program that integrates biological monitoring and assessment concepts and issues within an environmental context, designed to prepare students for the environmental workforce upon graduation. The curriculum of the BMA program will provide foundational and practical knowledge, including foundational understanding of the principles, technical aspects and human dimensions of bioenvironmental monitoring and assessment. Bioenvironmental science can be defined as “the systematic study of the interactions between biological systems and the environment using innovative applied research tools and fundamental research”. Students will complete six online half-credit courses (total of 3.0 credits). The coursework for this program can be completed entirely online in the Fall and Winter semesters.

Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment, MBMA

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: April 20, 2018

The Master of Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment (MBMA) program is a 1-year (3 semesters) course-based program that integrates biological monitoring and assessment concepts and issues within an environmental context, designed to prepare students for the environmental workforce upon graduation. This degree will emphasize practical and applied course-based education, along with experiential learning, to give students professional skills and experience that are crucial for success in the competitive environmental employment sector in Canada. This is accomplished by providing practical knowledge and experiential learning through a professional work placement, or placement. Students will complete a total of nine courses/six credits. The coursework for Terms 1 and 2 can be completed entirely online in the Fall and Winter semesters. In Term 3 (Summer), students will complete 1 course (2.0 credits) consisting of a 15-week placement and a 1-week capstone course. During the placement course, Master’s students will complete placements with environmental sector partners to acquire valuable ‘real-world’ experience, which will be followed by a mandatory week-long face-to-face capstone session on the Trent campus to synthesize the experience and participate in a networking event.

Master of Management, MMgt

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: March 16, 2018

The Master of Management (MMgt) is a program of study designed to benefit those interested in taking on leadership positions in management either in Canada or abroad. The full-time, sixteen- month, course-based Master of Management situated within the School of Business at Trent University Durham provides students who have recently graduated from non-business majors the skills they need to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Students can begin the program directly after their university graduation, or with up to five years of post-graduation work experience. Developed to address the needs of today’s employers, the Master of Management (MMgt) curriculum provides students with a grounding in a broad spectrum of business and management disciplines, from accounting to corporate finance and marketing to strategic management. The program will encourage students to understand the larger social issues facing business organizations in today’s changing environment.  The Program will be offered over four terms; students will take thirteen courses: four in the fall, four in the winter, a summer work integrated learning opportunity, plus four courses in the final fall term. This means students from the program will graduate with the edge needed in a competitive business environment both in Canada and overseas.

Instrumental Chemical Analysis, MICA

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: October 25, 2017

Trent University’s Master of Instrumental Chemical Analysis is a one-year degree program consisting of two terms of course work with practical elements and a third term internship. Graduates will gain a sound understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of modern mass spectrometric and chromatographic instruments, and will undertake real analyses and data work during an internship in the final term. Trent University is uniquely placed to develop and offer such a program, due to its Water Quality Centre which has been recognized as one of the world’s best facilities for analysis of a wide variety of elements and compounds, primarily of environmental concern. The program responds to the critical need for graduates who have a theoretical understanding of how modern instruments function and the skills to actually operate them. Graduates will pursue careers in a broad range of disciplines in commercial, industry, academic and government laboratories.

Forensic Science, MScFS

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: September 22, 2017

The Master of Science in Forensic Science is a one-year, professional course-based program designed for students interested in pursuing a professional career in the forensic sciences. The program combines academic instruction with practical application and professional orientation. Students are provided with an understanding of the value of research and case-specific experimentation as well as nurturing and developing effective communication techniques to present technical scientific analysis to scientific and non-scientific audiences. The program consists of three terms; courses in terms 1 and 2 are designed for students to learn and implement best practices in crime scene investigation as well as forensic biology, toxicology, physical sciences and expert witness testimony. The final term will be a designated full-time project, where students will complete an independent research project at a recognized academic, private or public sector institution.