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.
Program Approvals: University of Waterloo
The Graduate Diploma (Type 3) in Green Energy is a for-credit graduate program offered to domestic and international students to advance their professional knowledge and skills in the growing discipline of green energy engineering. It is an online, course-based, professional development program for practicing engineers interested in expanding and updating their knowledge in green energy engineering.
This program will engage practitioners with topics on the science of renewable energy generation, best practices, technology trends and new research directions. As the renewable energy industry continues to expand globally, the program will strengthen the knowledge base of the engineering workforce in the renewable energy and building construction sectors.
The objective of the Integrated Water Management program is to provide students with a broad, multi‐disciplinary foundation in water science and engineering, technology and management. Students will gain discipline expertise from their parent departments. The parent and collaborative programs combined will provide master’s and PhD students with a specialist area of focus and level of understanding of other water-related disciplines such that they can be effective in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary settings and will prepare:
- master’s students for the workforce or further graduate study and research leading toward a PhD, or
- PhD students for a career as scholars, researchers or practitioners.
The interdisciplinary objective of the collaborative program will be achieved through successful completion of one graduate course on the key principles, concepts, tools and terminology of multiple water-related disciplines covering science and engineering, technology and management aspects and one course where students work in teams to address water issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The Master of Arts in Public Issues Anthropology program is designed to cross-cut and integrate all of the traditional subdisciplines of Anthropology, including Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology. This program seeks to bring anthropological knowledge and approaches to bear on issues that are of demonstrated interest to society generally, emphasizing Anthropology’s relevance to and engagement with a wide array of social issues that interest and impact diverse publics. The required coursework promotes methodological and theoretical competence, and expands both the students’ knowledge and their communication skills (written and oral). The research component (leading to the production of a Master’s Thesis) functions to deepen students’ understanding of Anthropology and provide them with opportunities to demonstrate the innovativeness and relevance of their acquired knowledge and skills.
The Master of Health Evaluation program is a professional (non-thesis) program consisting of three terms of coursework (if taken full time), plus one additional term of professional experience in a workplace setting. Students will have the option of enrolling full time or parttime.
This program will provide the necessary tools for students to become core members of the health and/or public health team who are well versed in the evaluative research and practice skills and competencies. This program will be able to increase the number of professionals with working experience in health care and public health settings who are well versed in evaluation and its applications within the health system. It will help to address the demand for competent evaluation practitioners required in governmental, nongovernmental and private organizations.
The PhD program in Pharmacy leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. It is structured as a research-based thesis degree incorporating milestones that reflect the educational outcomes of the program. The objective of the PhD program is to prepare students for advanced research careers in academia, government, healthcare or industry. Several departments will be associated with this program through collaborative research, facility and equipment utilization and cross departmental co-supervision and advisory guidance of program candidates.
The program will provide students with advanced training in the study of the ancient world, focusing primarily on the culture of Greece and Rome but also encompassing the surrounding cultures with which they interacted. It is a research degree that will take 16 months to complete. Students can choose between a more coursework-based program with a Major Research Paper, or a more research-intensive Thesis option with fewer coursework requirements. The program will be offered full-time.
The program will provide students with the research skills, language training and extensive exposure to material relating to the ancient Greco-Roman world construed broadly, from its origins in pre-Classical Greece through the domination of Roman culture and the impact of these on the developments of subsequent centuries, including the early modern period. It will be a research-intensive program that will allow the next generation of scholars and citizens to progress further in their studies relating to the ancient world and to gain a deeper understanding of the origins of our own culture. The program will prepare graduates to continue on to academic studies at the PhD level or, alternately, to work in and/or engage in further professional training in broader contexts (for example, in teaching, information sciences, museum studies, restoration work, architecture and law).
The MCC program in Master of Climate Change is a specialized, course-based (non-thesis) program that would be completed over a period of three terms (12 months) of full-time studies. This program is designed with the flexibility to meet the needs of recent graduates who endeavour to become part of the first generation of climate change professionals by building on their undergraduate degree with climate change specific training and experience. This program will also be of interest to mid-career professionals looking to upgrade their current knowledge and skills to take on the challenges climate change poses to their field or retrain for new employment opportunities created by climate change. The MCC will be an on-campus, classroom-based program at the outset. Later, the intention is to develop e-learning opportunities to offer a blended learning environment to better support professionals wanting to upgrade their skills through part part-time enrolment and distance education
This research program will contribute to advancing academic knowledge and to teaching on sustainability management in an integrated way. Given its interdisciplinary nature, the program will appeal to Canadian and international students from a broad range of undergraduate programs in management, the social sciences, applied sciences and engineering, which address the role of for-profit, government and third-sector enterprises in realizing sustainability goals in both developed and developing economies. The program is oriented towards those students who want to pursue postgraduate studies in sustainability management on a full-time basis and who are interested in research-based careers (academia, public policy, business analytics) in the field of sustainability management.
Students enrolled in the MTR will graduate with enhanced knowledge of evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills to advance their practice of Therapeutic Recreation (TR), and administrative and leadership knowledge to advance the profession. With an eye on the growing proportion of older adults and individuals living with illness and disease in Canada and increasing diversity in community, the hallmark of therapeutic recreation at the University of Waterloo is to expand the scope of TR practice beyond an individual focus to advocate for meaningful leisure experiences as also integral to the well-being of groups and communities. The program will advance the profession to address the role of TR in social change and creating environments of inclusion and diversity.
A Graduate Diploma (Type 1) allows candidates who are admitted to the MEng program to leave the master’s program without completing the degree to have their accomplishments recognized, provided that they have completed the four mandatory and specific courses of the requirements.
The Design Engineering Diploma enhances the training of students in the Master of Engineering program by enhancing their understanding of how to conceptualize a design issue, develop a project plan, work as a team to develop drawings, manage uncertainty and communicate design solutions.
The Fire Safety Diploma draws on the University of Waterloo’s leading research in this area. Master’s students learn more about the underlying science (such as thermodynamics and heat flow), how to recognize fire-safety problems in engineering designs, and how to develop solutions and communicate them effectively. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a research project on a topic relevant to fire safety.
The Graduate Diploma (Type 2) in Green Energy enhances students’ knowledge in this rapidly growing area, both for research and for applications. Master’s students deepen their knowledge of the underlying science for green energy, how to formulate strategies embodying this knowledge and manage their implementation as part of a team, and communicate effectively regarding the solution proposed. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a research project involving green energy.
The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade, and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a postgraduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline. As a result the optional certificates are being offered in four areas: Computer Networking Security; Software Engineering, Sustainable Energy and Management Sciences.
Students completing Graduate Diploma program in Computer Networking Security are expected to:
- gain exposure to the fundamental, advanced, and practical aspects of computer networks, security and distributed computing systems;
- acquire advanced knowledge in the field of local and wide area networks — both wired and wireless;
- become skilled in designing network based systems for parallel and distributed processing; and
- gain expertise in the security aspects of communication and distributed system applications.
The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a postgraduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline. As a result the optional certificates are being offered in four areas: Management Sciences, Computer Networking Security, Software Engineering and Sustainable Energy.
Students completing the Graduate Diploma program in Management Sciences are expected to:
- achieve a broad perspective on technology management concepts to augment the technical knowledge gained from the courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering; and
- develop knowledge and skill in production and inventory management and economic concepts in management, organizational behavior, and senior management principles.
The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a postgraduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline and, as a result, is offering optional certificates in these areas: Software Engineering, Computer Networking Security, Sustainable Energy, and Management Sciences.
Students completing the Graduate Diploma program in Software Engineering are expected to:
- gain deep understanding of the concepts, techniques and methods of modern, effective software development;
- become knowledgeable in software specifications, design and testing; and
- gain training and expertise in to data structures and algorithms, networking lower and upper layers, database systems, knowledge modeling, computational intelligence, component-based software engineering, reengineering and network security.
The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade, and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a post-graduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline and, as a result, is offering optional certificates in these areas: Sustainable Energy, Computer Networking Security, Management Sciences, and Software Engineering.
Students completing the Graduate Diploma program in Sustainable Energy are expected to:
- gain exposure to different aspects of sustainable energy sources including the theory, operation and analysis of wind turbines, fuel cells and solar cells; and
- develop skill and knowledge in interfacing these energy sources with the electric utility grid and their effects on electricity market pricing.
MPACS educates, trains, and empowers students to enter roles as agents of peaceful change at community, institutional, and systemic levels. It is an interdisciplinary program, integrating scholarship with practical application. The principles undergirding this program are that conflict is an inescapable part of the human experience as well as a potential vehicle for positive change, and that conflict is best transformed through collaborative and imaginative solutions, not by force or violence. This dynamic master’s program explores current scholarship and examines best practices to imagine, test, and apply sustainable and creative solutions to conflict locally, nationally and internationally.
The Renison University College School of Social Work’s MSW Program will prepare students for advanced social work practice in a range of settings related to health, including public health and health promotion programs, primary care and long-term care, hospitals, health-related governmental agencies, community-based health services, and health advocacy groups. Practising in this field involves working with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations on issues such as health promotion and disease prevention, health promotion in the workplace, health education, treatment and rehabilitation, building community partners and social support, and/or health reform promotion. The program and its courses will assume a holistic view of health that incorporates the political, environmental, psychosocial, biological, and spiritual determinants of health in social work practice.
The B.A. in Communication Arts and Design Practice aims to integrate critically informed creative design practices with theoretical analysis of multimodal forms of representation and public processes of meaning-making. The Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo offers an ideal site for the analysis, investigation, and interrogation of the relationship between embodied theories of communication and different forms of creative production. Our faculty pursue distinct and overlapping areas of research and creative activity in the areas of digital arts communication, performance theory and practice, and communication as a process of communal and public meaning-making. Existing faculty expertise in related research, creative work, and pedagogical practices support this plan through foregrounding the demands and possibilities of designing communication texts, visual representations, as well as embodied and mediated performances in a variety of public settings. The plan understands “Communication Arts” as studying modes of digital media production, performance, and personal as well as public communication; while “design practice” refers to the making of experimental, working models of ideas, objects, systems, and processes that help us imagine and achieve more productive forms of relationality among people, places, and things. As a communication arts program, students will work in the full range of material, digital, and performative media. This academic plan is committed to rigorous theoretically-informed practice; project-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative pedagogy; and experiential learning.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Waterloo in collaboration with its School of Architecture will offer a new BASc in Architectural Engineering to meet the large current and future demand for engineers technically-skilled in the whole scope of building design, construction, assessment, repair, and refurbishment. Graduates from this program will have the enhanced design, communication, and collaboration skills alongside the strong analytical skills that engineering students at UW currently acquire.
This one-of-a-kind CEAB-approved co-operative program has “Design from Day One” as its mantra. A common Architectural Engineering class held in a studio setting will underpin each term and will help knit together topics such as design, aesthetics, culture, environment, and professionalism in the context of engineered buildings. A studio learning experience, common in design-centric programs such as Architecture and Industrial Design, allows for enhanced peer-learning, better collaborative work, inspiration from surroundings, rapid modelling and prototyping, while encouraging hands-on investigations and exploration.
This program has the potential to profoundly impact the building industry, by producing graduates with broad, yet technically deep, skills capable of responding to the unique and emerging challenges currently confronting the building industry.
The Biomedical Engineering program is unique in Canada due to its strong focus on the modeling and design of biomedical systems that will be used to develop new technologies and engineering solutions to health-related problems. The curriculum of this co-operative program will emphasize design and interdisciplinarity, and will incorporate biomedical content starting in the first year of enrollment and culminating in a fourth year biomedical design project course. The curriculum is geared towards three theme areas of bio-signals and imaging, bio-mechanics and sports engineering, and bio-devices.
The program’s objective is to graduate engineers with the technical skills required to model complex biomedical systems, interpret biomedical experimental results, and design and develop innovative technologies in close collaboration with the medical community. Graduates will be ideally suited to contribute directly to the Canadian biomedical and health economy, but with a solid, well-rounded education that will allow for a wide range of career possibilities.
This program will be geared towards students with an interest in health promotion who do not have an extensive background in natural sciences. It has been designed to ensure that students are engaged in experiential learning and enhance their connections to the community. Students will have the option of enrolling in either the co-op stream or the regular stream.
The program will advance learning, knowledge, practice and capacity in health promotion. Graduates will demonstrate:
- an understanding that health is determined by an array of biological, social, economic, political, geographic, cultural and developmental determinants;
- an understanding of major theoretical historical and emerging developments, and controversies in health promotion;
- basic competencies in advocacy, human engagement, mediation, community development and mobilization;
- a basic understanding of the health care system and how it might be reformed to better promote health;
- a basic understanding of what policy is, how it is developed, and how it influences health;
- an ability to engage and communicate with an array of stakeholders including individual citizens, health care professionals, health organizations, and private and public sector leaders;
- a basic understanding of global health challenges and how health promotion solutions must be adapted to context and culture;
- the ability to participate fully in the mutually interactive process of knowledge exchange, including an ability to retrieve, interpret and use research as the foundation for action; and
- a basic understanding of general systems thinking and theories.