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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Educational Studies, MEd

Graduate Trent University
Decision Date: April 16, 2014

The M.Ed. in Educational Studies program will prepare students to make significant contributions to an increasingly complex world by experiencing personal and professional development that is enhanced by global perspectives, experiential learning and an over-arching interdisciplinary approach. Students will draw on the expertise of core faculty from education, business administration, Canadian studies, English literature, Indigenous studies, history and psychology who offer courses that involve collaboration across theoretical perspectives and frameworks.

The program will attract professionals in the field of education with its educational foci, such as medical/nursing teaching, environmental education, intersecting areas of psychology and education, and social work. It will also meet the needs of the local teaching profession who desire a higher professional degree; something increasingly seen as essential for professional advancement.

Focus will be on: curriculum, critical literacies, and leadership and education administration.

Financial Analytics, BSc

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: November 22, 2019

The BSc Financial Analytics program enables students to obtain a foundation in the theory, practice and analytical techniques required to understand, model, and solve complex financial problems in the modern world of finance. Students will understand the role of financial theory for the functioning of modern business and society, grasp the mathematical basis for financial models, and understand the limitations of financial theory and models. The program provides students with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach based in quantitative sciences, drawing from accounting, economics, finance, mathematical modelling, computing and statistics. Students will use real-time market data to work on implementing financial models; they will come to understand financial models as they gain hands-on experience through the application of quantitative skills, economic reasoning, computational expertise, and numerical modelling skills.

Kinesiology, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: November 22, 2019

The proposed Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKin) is a four-year honours degree based at Trent University: the focus of the program is on “Human performance and function across the life span”. The multidisciplinary approach to physical activity and health across the lifespan, including the aging population and the inclusion of clinical practice in the fourth year of this program will be a distinctive feature of this program. Students will study exercise, health, disease prevention and the integration of nutrition, and will be encouraged to further specialize in one of outdoor education, Indigenous health, or rural health. Graduates of this proposed program will be eligible to complete the written examination, and if successful, register in the General Class with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (


Policing and Community Well-Being, BA

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: January 25, 2019

Policing and Community Well-being at Trent provides graduates an understanding of the main theoretical concepts and practices by police and other social agencies and organizations as they relate to complex social issues impacting community safety and well-being. Graduates will develop a wide range of skills, from interpreting crime and social disorder data, to contributing to a multi–disciplinary approach to social development in order to reduce and prevent the incidence of crime and social disorder. Graduates will be prepared for the modern police service, as well as service in other social agencies and municipal governance (law, community research, conflict mediator, policy analyst), that collaborate across sectors in order to achieve the goals of community safety and well-being for all.

Conservation Biology, BSc

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: February 16, 2018

Conservation biology is the study of science behind conserving the world’s wildlife. In this program, students will study the decline of biological diversity to better understand the solutions to this worldwide crisis. Studying everything from lichens on a tree to elephants, students will learn about a variety of species and organisms. Students will investigate population dynamics and current threats and explore ways to preserve and protect the environment and its inhabitants. Topics of study will include: Ecology, Animal and Plant Diversity, Evolution, Organismal Biology and Behaviour, and Population Genetics. The degree is available as a BSc Honours with a placement in 4th year (4-yr program) or a co-op option (5-yr program). Through the program’s experiential learning opportunities, students will apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world, working alongside leading organizations, agencies and researchers in the field of Conservation Biology.

Environmental Geoscience, BSc Honours

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: December 14, 2016

The BSc Honours in Environmental Geoscience integrates the disciplines of geology, biology, chemistry and geography to study the interaction between human activities and earth systems. The proposed program will strengthen Trent’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and will be housed in the recently established Trent School of the Environment (TSE). In Canada, professional accreditation is a legal requirement for individuals working in the field of geoscience and the curriculum of this program has been carefully designed to satisfy the ‘minimum knowledge requirements’ of the ‘Environmental Geoscience’ stream identified by Geoscientists Canada ( Students will receive strong foundational training in geoscience, and develop breadth of knowledge in the other sciences. Students will further their knowledge and experience with a capstone experiential learning opportunity in fourth year, and a compulsory field course will provide opportunities to apply and master geoscience techniques.

Child and Youth Studies, BA (General) and BA (Honours)

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: December 18, 2015

A unique new interdisciplinary degree program, Child and Youth Studies, will be offered as both a General and Honours degree, with a focus on how children and youth learn through play, and understanding the “curriculum of being a child”. With a strong foundation in sociology, psychology, and education this degree inspires students to think about child and youth development through the eyes of a child. Using a non-traditional and asset oriented view of child and youth, the program will consider creative engagement and how children play with simple and complex ideas such as: family and belonging; citizenship and collaboration; identity and emotional development; cognition and intellectual development; playing with math ideas, language and literature; and fantasy play and the imagination. Students will learn about child and youth rights and legal issues, and how children develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. They will also gain a deep understanding of how to apply playful pedagogies for learning, especially in the areas of math and language. The curriculum will have a rich focus on creative engagement, theatre and the arts.

The honours degree will include a placement course in the fourth year and will provide graduates with a pathway into Trent’s Consecutive BEd program through a limited number of reserved spaces. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to continue into graduate work. As a graduate of the degree, students will have a deep understanding of the issues affecting the lives of young people.

Bachelor of Education - Indigenous, BEd-Indigenous

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: November 27, 2015

The Bachelor of Education – Indigenous degree is a five‐year concurrent degree designed for Indigenous learners who are aiming to be Ontario qualified educators. The program prepares students to teach in urban, rural, public, FNMI, catholic school systems, on or off reserve, with a focus on the development of a deep understanding of Indigenous cultures, knowledge and languages. An emphasis on Indigenous ways of knowing and learning are central to the program and include a series of core courses that build these understandings while considering how they apply to educational contexts such as classrooms and schools, learning from the land, receiving guidance from Elders and related participatory experiences. The program also equips students with essential content knowledge and skills related to disciplines/subjects in Ontario schools (at the primary/junior and the intermediate/senior levels).

The degree provides graduates with credentials to teach in Ontario and answers the call in Ontario and Canada for an increase in qualified Indigenous educators who bring important knowledge and understanding to school age children and adolescents. The program also responds to education recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Report (2015). Graduates will be highly competitive in a job market that increasingly stresses the need for Indigenous educators who can facilitate learning in rural, urban, on reserve, off reserve, Indigenous and non-Indigenous educational settings.

Biomedical Science, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: August 26, 2015

The BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science will provide the opportunity for an in-depth study of the interrelationships among the basic medical science disciplines. The proposed Biomedical Science degree allows students to personalize their degree by moving beyond the narrow focus of health and medicine and gives them room to explore health-based courses in the humanities and social sciences to enhance the breadth and scope of their degree. Students will have the option to complete a placement or an internship as part of this program, this educational opportunity will provide practical experiences in the health and medical science fields. The degree prepares students for careers in biomedical or applied health research, teaching, or in degree programs in medicine or in the allied health professions.

Communications and Critical Thinking, BA(Gen)

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: March 19, 2015

The Communications and Critical Thinking degree is a three-year General degree designed with transfer students and mature students in mind. The program teaches students how to approach interdisciplinary problems from a sociological, historical, business, and moral perspective. The degree involves courses that require competencies in writing, math, ethics, interdisciplinary problem solving, basic research methods/statistics, practical project management and a culminating interdisciplinary course that involves experiential learning. The degree provides students with the ability to communicate clearly and think critically in a range of topics. Graduates will be highly competitive in a job market that increasingly stresses the need for employees who can adapt and change in a world of rapid technological, cultural, and social change.

Water Sciences, BSc

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: April 16, 2014

The Water Sciences curriculum is designed to ensure that students gain a broad foundation in the scientific disciplines and related policy fields that are relevant to water and the aquatic environment. As such, the proposed curriculum is designed to require students to take courses from across Environmental and Resource Science/Studies, Geography, Chemistry, and Biology. The interdisciplinary curriculum will ensure that graduates of the program have a broad, yet in-depth understanding of (i) the basic mechanics of water movement within the environment, (ii) the factors affecting its chemical and physical quality, (iii) its feedbacks within the climate system, (iv) the biological and ecological importance and functions of water, (v) its suitability as biological habitat or for human use and (vi) policies relating to the governance and management of freshwater resources.

Social Work, BSW

Undergraduate Trent University
Decision Date: February 10, 2014

The challenging field of Social Work provides essential supports to communities by helping its individuals, groups and families meet their basic human needs. The new Bachelor of Social Work at Trent University will prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills for meaningful professional practice in a wide range of social work contexts. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in social justice, human rights and cultural awareness, you will develop a strong foundation of clinical knowledge, critical thinking skills, and social responsibility. You will explore a range of contemporary themes connected to social work from across disciplines in your first two years. Students who qualify for the professional years will focus exclusively on social work theory and practice in years three and four of the program, including more than 700 hours of supervised clinical placement.