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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Economic Policy, GDip (Type 2) and GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: May 28, 2020

The Department of Economics at Carleton University proposes to establish a Graduate Diploma (Type II and III) in Economic Policy. Students in the Graduate Diploma in Economic Policy will gain an understanding and appreciation of the functioning and limitations of markets within a broad, institutional and political context—ranging from the micro to the macro, the local to the global. The program will focus on real-world practical challenges related to economic policy formulation and implementation. Graduates from the program will deepen their critical thinking and problem solving skills related to the economic implications of different public policy options for firms and governments.

Work and Labour, GDip (Type 2) and GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: July 5, 2019

The Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University proposes to establish a Graduate Diploma (Type II and III) in Work and Labour. Graduates of the Diploma will develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies in the areas of work and labour as well as gaining a strong understanding of the social relations that constitute the formal and informal economy. In addition, students will learn how to analyze the complex ways in which work and labour intersect with gender, race, colonialism, globalization, environment and technological change. The Diploma’s emphasis on experiential learning aims to further students’ own reflections on labour and work practices, leading to innovative thinking about issues of work and labour.

Linguistics, Language Documentation, and Revitalization, PhD

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: December 19, 2018

The new programs will reflect the evolution of linguistics from a theoretical model of linguistic knowledge to an interdisciplinary field concerned with language in cognitive and social domains. The programs will also draw on the strengths of the linguistics faculty, who all have strong backgrounds in theoretical linguistics and are also involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching. In total, we are proposing three new graduate programs in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies: a Master of Arts in Linguistics, a concurrent (Type 2) Graduate Diploma in Linguistics, and a PhD in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Revitalization.

Linguistics, MA

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: December 19, 2018

The new programs will reflect the evolution of linguistics from a theoretical model of linguistic knowledge to an interdisciplinary field concerned with language in cognitive and social domains. The programs will also draw on the strengths of the linguistics faculty, who all have strong backgrounds in theoretical linguistics and are also involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching. In total, we are proposing three new graduate programs in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies: a Master of Arts in Linguistics, a concurrent (Type 2) Graduate Diploma in Linguistics, and a PhD in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Revitalization.

Migration and Diaspora Studies, MA

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: December 19, 2018

Carleton University is proposing an innovative interdisciplinary Master of Arts and graduate diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies. These programs will be the first in Canada to combine Migration Studies and Diaspora Studies in one graduate degree/diploma program and one of the few institutions to do so internationally to do so. The programs focus on the social, economic, cultural and political implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people. They bring together scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and public affairs with the aim of creating a collegial community for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary inquiry into Migration and Diaspora Studies.

Linguistics, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: December 10, 2018

The new programs will reflect the evolution of linguistics from a theoretical model of linguistic knowledge to an interdisciplinary field concerned with language in cognitive and social domains. The programs will also draw on the strengths of the linguistics faculty, who all have strong backgrounds in theoretical linguistics and are also involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching. In total, we are proposing three new graduate programs in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies: a Master of Arts in Linguistics, a concurrent (Type 2) Graduate Diploma in Linguistics, and a PhD in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Revitalization.

Migration and Diaspora Studies, GDip (Type 2) and GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: December 10, 2018

Carleton University is proposing an innovative interdisciplinary Master of Arts and graduate diploma in Migration and Diaspora Studies. These programs will be the first in Canada to combine Migration Studies and Diaspora Studies in one graduate degree/diploma program and one of the few institutions to do so internationally to do so. The programs focus on the social, economic, cultural and political implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people. They bring together scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and public affairs with the aim of creating a collegial community for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary inquiry into Migration and Diaspora Studies.

Management, MSc

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: February 16, 2018

The M.Sc. in Management program in the Sprott School of Business focuses primarily on applied research about complex management problems in a rapidly changing and globally oriented environment. This 5.0 credit program is designed to develop graduates who are skilled in research with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the complex problems faced by businesses and their managers. Such problems are interdisciplinary in nature and require more than a specialization in one specific area of the management field. The interdisciplinary approach of the M.Sc. in Management will prepare graduates to contribute both to the advancement of management knowledge and management practice.

Four themes underlie the goals of the M.Sc. in Management program: research knowledge, understanding, and skills; interdisciplinary approach; communication; and professionalism.  Students will address research questions emanating from the following areas of focus: Accounting; Finance; Information Systems; International Business; Marketing; Organizational Behaviour/Theory; Productions and Operations/Supply Chain Management; Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. With the interdisciplinary nature of many of the business issues students will be tackling, they may draw upon more than one complementary area of focus to address their research questions. The Sprott School of Business has a proven record in interdisciplinary research and graduate education becomes the foundation for this M.Sc. in Management, a complement to the existing Ph.D. in Management program.

The M.Sc. in Management program consists of a thesis combined with coursework. The core of the program is a set of integrative courses that will equip students with knowledge of research methods, design and statistics as well as coursework in an area of focus. The M.Sc. in Management Program is consciously designed to be interdisciplinary with a strong focus on addressing complex problems faced by real-life organizations. The program takes advantage of many significant research relationships, particularly those in Ottawa, including an array of important public, private, and not-for-profit sector organizations. Students will develop substantive theoretical knowledge and understanding that can then be applied in the world of practice. Graduates will be well-positioned to pursue doctoral studies in management at Carleton or other universities globally, and to pursue multiple career paths in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, such as business consultants, business and research analysts, policy analysts, as well as a variety of managerial positions.

Health Sciences, MSc/PhD

Graduate Carleton University
Decision Date: March 1, 2017

The Master of Science (5 credits) and PhD (10 credits) in Health Sciences build upon the current BSc in Health Sciences and Master of Science in Health: Science, Technology and Policy offered by the Department of Health Sciences to provide graduate students with greater theoretical knowledge and research expertise in the area of health sciences.

These new interdisciplinary research-intensive programs, which will be housed in Carleton’s new Health Sciences building, allow graduates to acquire the skills and proficiencies necessary to excel in health careers including health research and education, across public, private and non- governmental health sectors. To encourage interdisciplinarity and enhance the student’s sense of belonging to a community of health scientists, there is a common core course (0.5 credit) that will be required for all enrolled graduate students. This course will bring students together to foster knowledge translation across health disciplines and between students with different backgrounds, to discuss topical and complex health problems, advances, and solutions. In addition to this common course, MSc students will complete one more core course (0.5 credit) and a thesis (4.0 credits), and PhD candidates will complete two other core courses (1.0 credit) and a dissertation (8.5 credits). Students may also enroll in the Data Science specialization, a collaborative specialization currently offered at the Master’s level.

Despite the great demand for health sciences education at the graduate level, and the growing need for such programs to position graduates for success in the rapidly changing job market and in subsequent professional programs, few stand-alone graduate programs in health sciences exist, and fewer still are interdisciplinary as are Carleton’s new programs. Carleton’s programs are also distinct from those currently offered at other universities, because of the relationships the Department of Health Sciences has with local, national, and international organizations. Through these partnerships and collaborations, students will be exposed to and engage in internationally recognized, high-impact research.

Biomedical Engineering, PhD (Joint with the University of Ottawa)

Graduate Carleton University
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.