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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Business and Sustainability, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: November 14, 2022

The Ivey Graduate Diploma in Business and Sustainability is a Type 2 graduate diploma program. Ivey MSc Management students have the option of enrolling into this graduate diploma after acceptance into the MSc Program (MScM), to be completed concurrently with that degree.

The Graduate Diploma focuses on developing an integrative understanding of sustainability, combined with deepening both management and technical skills for improving sustainability in private and public sector organizations.  One aspect is the development of a broad perspective of sustainability as a holistic system that incorporates environmental, social, and economic dimensions.  Considering wider, interdisciplinary perspectives enhances the ability of graduates to deploy new technical skills effectively, and enables them to be responsive and effective in the context of the continually evolving business and sustainability challenges. The MSc Management program offers multiple fields (i.e., Business Analytics, Digital Management, and International Business). As sustainability is a key cross-cutting consideration for the careers of graduates of all these fields, the Graduate Diploma will be offered to all MSc students.


Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: December 6, 2021

The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Diploma program is ideal for Master’s-prepared Registered Nurses with a strong interest in the clinical aspects of primary health care nursing delivery at an advanced level. It provides students with the opportunity to expand their nursing scope of practice through advanced, evidence-based practice and education, and prepares them for certification and practice as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in the province of Ontario.


Executive Healthcare Leadership GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: May 15, 2021

Description to follow.

Engineering Leadership and Innovation, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 11, 2021

The Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Engineering Leadership and Innovation (ELI) is a two-term (eight month) course-based diploma program designed for graduate engineers to further develop professional skills in leadership in the context of engineering practice, and to enhance their employability. Students will also develop an entrepreneurial mindset along with innovation skills that can be applied within start-ups, established firms, NGOs, or the public sector.  Engineering careers are shifting to require higher education to meet the needs of industry and clients. Competition is increasing as universities continue to grow their undergraduate and graduate Engineering programs. Hence, an enrichment of critical skills beyond the technical engineering degree curriculum is becoming increasingly important for graduates.

Students in this program must take three compulsory “core” courses that cover design-driven innovation, leadership and communication in the engineering workplace. Students must also take three elective courses, related to leadership/management and/or innovation. Options include Business and Management, Risk Assessment and Management, Project Management, Intellectual Property, Commercializing Innovation and New Venture Creation.

Master of Management, MM

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 19, 2020

The Master of Management program (MM) is a “while-you-work” graduate degree designed for mid-career professionals seeking to acquire the requisite knowledge and capabilities to take the next step in their career – a pivot to leadership.  The MM program is cohort based and delivered through a combination of live and virtual instruction, as well as asynchronous learning exercises that can be completed by the student on their own schedule.

The first program stream is the analytics specialization, called the Master of Management – Analytics. This program stream is one year in duration and built on three pillars: foundational courses in business (marketing, accounting, finance, operations, strategy and leadership),  courses in business analytics (such as statistics, modeling, visualization, simulation, data management, big data, and other specialized analytics courses), and a real world field project with a corporate partner. The sum total of the program is to ensure graduates have the business acumen and analytics skills to capture more senior positions,  such as leading groups of analysts or more general leadership opportunities. The target students for this program stream will typically have 2 to 10 years of work experience in an analytics-centric role, a four year undergraduate degree with course work in calculus; linear algebra; statistics or probability and demonstrated proficiency in one programming language through university course work or work experience.

Research for Policy and Evaluation, MA

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 19, 2020

The MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation (MRPE) is a one-year (three term) Professional Master’s program with an emphasis on developing social science research skills that can be applied to policy and program development and evaluation. Graduates are able to apply their knowledge in a variety of settings, including government, not-for-profit, and private sectors.

Through courses and a four-month internship, the program focuses on collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating research for practical applications.  The emphasis is on developing quantitative and qualitative research skills that can be used effectively to inform policies  and programs in a variety of contexts.  We aim to build an inclusive student body in terms of background and perspective, including a blend of recent graduates and those drawn from the workforce.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 8, 2020

Details to follow

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

Description to follow

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.