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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Management, GDip (Type 1) and GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 10, 2019

The GDip in Management offers a module-based academic credential to help leaders continue their academic learning in situations where time or location demands for a full graduate degree program is not possible. The GDip in Management offers a part-time, modular academic option, allowing for a flexible and needs-based academic experience. Corporations today, are less likely to sponsor long-duration degree programs and instead prefer to sponsor module-based academic credentials for talented individuals.

Potential candidates who have completed four existing graduate level Ivey consortium modules/terms may apply to be admitted into the GDip in Management.  Candidates will also be assessed for grades on core subjects. Formal assessments will include examinations of: (a) the consortium learning (pre-requisite for admission), (b) the capstone course content, and (c) a comprehensive capstone project.

Applied Health Sciences, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: May 8, 2018

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Master of Data Analytics, MDA

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: March 24, 2017

The Master of Data Analytics (MDA) is a one year interdisciplinary, professional science master’s program designed to produce professionals ready to pursue an analytics-focused career. The MDA provides students with the skills they need to be proficient in data analytics and practical experience applying those skills in an organizational setting. Program entry is once a year in September. The fall and winter terms curriculum consists of core and specialty field courses. The core curriculum teaches fundamental, technical data analytic skills in statistics and computer science such as databases; data carpentry, munging and wrangling; visualization and exploratory data analysis; statistical modelling and inference; supervised and unsupervised machine learning; unstructured data; and ethical data analysis. In addition, professional skills are developed through Business Skills and Data Consulting courses along with a Career Development Seminar Series. The specialty field courses develop technical skills in one of the following areas: Artificial Intelligence; Finance, Banking and Insurance; or Generalist.  MDA courses are taught by a cohort of more than twenty outstanding professors, Canada Research Chairs, faculty scholars, current and former department chairs and lecturers from the Departments of Computer Science and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences, including instructors with direct industry experience. The summer term consists of an Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO), typically a co-op internship in industry or in some cases a major research project, where students will get practical experience using the analytics skills they have developed in a workplace environment. Western’s MDA program provides the technical training, professional development, and the practical experience necessary for graduates of the program to transition into data analytics careers in the public and private sectors.

Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: March 20, 2017

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.

Global Health Systems in Africa, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: April 11, 2016

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.

Driving Rehabilitation Therapy, MClSc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: August 26, 2015

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.

Public Administration, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: July 31, 2015

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.

Business Skills for Actuaries and Financial Professionals, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 8, 2015

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Master of Media in Journalism and Communication, MMJC

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 20, 2015

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.

Accounting, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: January 20, 2015

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.