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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Master of Teaching and Learning, MTL

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: April 26, 2024

The Master of Teaching and Learning (MTL) is a cohort graduate-level teacher education program that aligns with Western’s status as a research-intensive university, and the profession’s need to prepare teacher candidates for a research-based, research-led practice.

The MTL is a four-term (16 month), blended, graduate-level program. Terms one and two to be completed on-site at Western’s Faculty of Education. Terms three and four will be completed virtually, drawing on the faculty’s decades of expertise in designing and offering high quality full-distance Continuing Education programs and graduate degrees. Upon successful completion of the program, teacher candidates will be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for a Certificate of Qualification and Registration, which will certify them to teach in Ontario schools.

Global Health Systems, MHSc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: March 24, 2023

The Global Health Systems MHSc program consists of a set of core courses (requisites) that focus on fundamental principals in global health, business, management, and communication. Specialty courses (electives) provide additional competencies in specific areas of interest to global health (e.g., infectious diseases, mental health, oral health, indigenous health, etc.). Course-based learning (Sept – April) is complemented by experiential learning (May – Aug) to generate a comprehensive education, generating well-rounded students who can meet employers’ needs.

Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance, MSc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 24, 2023

The Masters Program in Drug Safety is one year program designed to provide health care professionals, investigators and students interested in working in the pharmaceutical industry or in public policy/drug regulation with skills, knowledge and attitudes to empower them for a career in drug and patient safety, drug research or health policy.  Drug safety is an increasingly important topic as new therapies are developed and enter clinical use.  Patients, health care providers, industry and government all share common concerns as to how to ensure that drugs are safe when used as directed.  Most training programs in health care and in pharmacology do not teach approaches to drug safety in detail, leaving a gap that needs to be filled.  This program will fill that gap.  Students will undertake a series of courses in core areas of drug safety and pharmacology, undertake a major research project and have a practicum during which they will work in a drug safety focused environment.  Graduates of this program will be well equipped to face and address the challenges of drug safety in the era of molecular, biologic and precision medicine.

Climate Risk Assessment and Opportunity, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 13, 2023

Description to follow

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.