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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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.

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

Description to follow

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.

Management of Applied Science, MMASc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: August 7, 2014

The MMASc program is a 12-month, course-based, interdisciplinary program that includes an internship or Major Research Project. It is designed to enhance and link the academic and professional skills of BSc or BA graduates who will be highly qualified to enter the private or public-sector workforce with the academic and professional qualifications to assume leadership positions. The program is offered jointly by our Faculties of Science, Medicine & Dentistry, the DAN Management and Organizational Studies Program in the Faculty of Social Science, Arts & Humanities, and will eventually involve other faculties including the Faculty of Media and Information Studies. As the program grows, we anticipate the addition of more Faculties, and fields within those Faculties. This program is designed to prepare graduates to move into the business world with leadership and entrepreneurship skills that resonate with rapidly evolving careers – and some positions not yet even conceived – in government, NGOs, private industry or self employment.
The program is structured as a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with management and communications forming the hub and the fields of biological sciences, water sciences and biochemistry forming the spokes. Students will participate both in onsite courses and either an experiential learning opportunity (ELO) or a major research paper (MRP). The ELO will occur with an industry partner. A capstone event brings together students following their ELO or MRP, providing them with an opportunity to share their experiences.

Professional Communication and Management, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 26, 2014

The Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Professional Communication and Management is a two-term (eight month) course-based diploma program designed to enhance the professional skills of graduates of any undergraduate program, and to develop creative and visionary leaders. The program is jointly offered by the Dan Management and Organizational Studies Program in the Faculty of Social Science, the Department of English and Writing Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. Unique in Canada, this interdisciplinary program gives students the opportunity to combine core skills in leadership and business with the development of professional communication skills.

Ancient Philosophy, MA

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: April 24, 2013

The MA program in Ancient Philosophy is a two-year (five-term) interdisciplinary program that  combines courses in Philosophy with courses in Ancient Greek and Latin in order to develop students’ skills and knowledge in these areas as preparation for continued study at the PhD level. This program  is primarily course based, but includes a substantial research component via the graduate seminars in Philosophy and through the Summer Research Paper undertaken in the summer between the two academic years of the program.

The program provides students with the philosophical and philological skills necessary for researching and writing a dissertation in Ancient Philosophy at the doctoral level. These include the ability to reconstruct, analyze and critically assess philosophical arguments on the basis of careful study of the text in the original language; the skills for interpreting the text in its literary, cultural and historical context; familiarity with the general philological issues of the state and condition of the ancient texts, their reconstruction by scholars since the Renaissance, and the conventions of this scholarship; and how to engage the contemporary scholarly conversation in Ancient Philosophy and identify opportunities in it for future contribution at the doctoral level and beyond.

Master of Public Health, MPH

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: March 22, 2013

The MPH program hosted by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will deliver innovative case method learning that will develop public health professionals, leaders and change agents who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to address public health needs in Canada and beyond. The overall goal of the program is to provide an academically rigorous graduate-level public health education to health practitioners, managers, researchers and others engaged in public health that will prepare them as future leaders in public health at national and international levels. This program is designed to fill a novel niche at the intersection of leadership, sustainability and policy within the Canadian healthcare system and globally.

Doctor of Education, EdD

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 20, 2013

The Doctor of Education(EdD) is a professional doctorate that prepares students for academic, administrative, clinical, or research positions in educational, civil and private organizations. This is a full-time program housed within the Faculty of Education. It will prepare educators and other professionals for the application of appropriate and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge and the stewardship of the profession. This program is innovative, current and practitioner-oriented, designed to facilitate future and current professionals to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to solve authentic problems of practice and succeed in educational and other professional positions.

Master in Professional Education, MPEd

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 20, 2013

The Master in Professional Education is designed to prepare candidates for professional and/or management leadership roles in Education. Through situating the program within a practitioner-scholar approach, students will develop competencies in consuming and creating research and applying knowledge and techniques to solve authentic problems of practice. Students will experience a program solidly embedded within the adult learning literature and employing signature inductive pedagogies and pedagogical tools, an in-situ opportunity designed to facilitate the application of research and theoretical knowledge, a participatory culture, technologies to map knowledge and knowledge-producing systems through distance and other delivery frameworks, and a cohort model constructed on the principles underlying communities.

Diploma in Professional Education, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 11, 2013

The GDip (Type 3) Diploma in Professional Education is designed to provide students who hold a bachelor’s-degree opportunities to complete advanced graduate professional course work in their professional area. Frameworks that define the EdD and MPE also play a pivotal role in the Diploma in Professional Education: practitioner-scholar knowledge, signature inductive pedagogies and pedagogical tools, a participatory culture, and technologies to map knowledge and knowledge-producing systems through distance education and other delivery frameworks. Although this program is a course-based program, research is embedded within all courses. Students completing the program may apply to the Master in Professional Education program and ladder two half-courses.

Surgery, MSc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: December 18, 2012

The MSc in Surgery will enable a select number of advanced trainees to prepare for careers as surgeons and researchers at Academic Health Science Centres. This program will be attractive to mid-stream and graduating residents, as well as clinical fellows wishing to pursue full-time, formal research training in a robust clinical academic environment. The structured experience will develop students’ research skills and potential. Led by clinical and basic science faculty with significant research expertise, students will participate in innovative projects in world-class research laboratories that seek to advance surgical care, education and patient outcomes.

The MSc in Surgery will help prepare trainees for careers in academic surgery and will bridge the relationship between the CIHR pillars of basic and clinical science. Surgeons who complete the program will be able to compete favourably in an ever increasingly competitive job market and funding environment, and will have the necessary skills to succeed in their chosen academic surgical career.

Law, PhD

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: July 27, 2012

The PhD program in Law has the following objectives:

  • to advance legal research and scholarship, including traditional doctrinal approaches and integrating interdisciplinary perspectives into legal research;
  • to foster the development of a critical, self‐reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship, as well as the acquisition of transferable skills;
  • to engage students with a range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within legal research;
  • o familiarize students with the epistemological and philosophical underpinnings of research methodologies, the politics and ethics of research and the principles of research design, and to enable students to evaluate and apply a range of methodologies to research questions in law; and
  • to further the preparation of legal academics who choose to complete formal degrees beyond the requisite LLM degree (which traditionally prepares legal academics for university teaching) and, in this way, to contribute to the further development of education in law and professional education for the practice of law as well as the further development of graduate education in law.

Students in the program will develop a critical understanding of law as a category of analysis in scholarly enquiry, which may include social dynamics, policy expression and belief systems, and will investigate the ways in which law intersects with other disciplines.

Clinical Medical Biophysics, MSc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 28, 2012

This professional, course-based master’s program is aimed at graduate students interested in Clinical Physics careers in a healthcare environment. Clinical Physics training includes PhD graduate training, followed by a two-year Residency. This new master’s program will be offered in combination with the PhD program in Medical Biophysics. When completed in combination with the PhD, both the Clinical Medical Biophysics (MSc) degree and the Medical Biophysics (PhD) degree will be awarded. In combination, the Clinical Medical Biophysics (MSc) program and the Medical Biophysics (PhD) program will be completed in five years; the Clinical Medical Biophysics (MSc) course requirements will be distributed across the five years to allow students to complete the courses while concurrently conducting their doctoral research.

Community Music Leadership, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 11, 2012

The graduate (master’s level) diploma program can be undertaken as a full‐time, one‐year graduate program of study or on a part‐time basis. The focus of this program is:

  • to advance scholarship in Community Music;
  • to increase understanding about informal and formal learning practices in music, and the learning theories that address each practice;
  • to increase understanding about music as it is practiced outside of formal schooling, settings for which music educators are typically educated to teach; and
  • to educate musicians and music educators about engaging community musicians, learning with them about music outside the Western European Art form, music that is a large part of the tradition as found in Faculties of Music.

By the end of this program, graduates will demonstrate a deep and systematic knowledge in planning, administering, teaching, facilitating, enabling and leading a variety of musical ensembles in settings outside formal education. They will demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in the field of Community Music informed by research at the forefront of the field and be equipped to conduct research informed by a conceptual and methodological competence in scholarly enquiry in the discipline.

Master of Financial Economics, MFE

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: May 30, 2012

The Master of Financial Economics is a course-based professional master’s program delivered over four terms. The program will provide graduates with the quantitative and analytical skills required to pursue careers in the financial industry, in both private and public sector institutions. The roles for program graduates in these institutions would be wide-ranging, and include roles in the investment management division of pension funds, researchers in financial services institutions dealing with risk management and the pricing of complex securities, as well as tactical asset management.

Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: May 22, 2012

The objective of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction is to provide students with interdisciplinary instruction in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Students will explore aspects of societal and state transition relating to development, democracy, the environment, the economy, human rights, politics, peace agreements and justice before, at the time of and post-transition. The purpose of the program will be to familiarize students with the emerging debates surrounding transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction, and to allow for real-world application of theoretical constructs and explanations.

The Collaborative Graduate Program will augment the training received in the student’s home department by providing specialized training in scholarship related to Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: peace building, justice after atrocity and social rebuilding. The program will be open to master’s students and doctoral students from History, Political Science, Sociology, English, French, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Law, and Theology.

Musculoskeletal Health Research, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: April 11, 2012

The Collaborative Graduate Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research will provide transdisciplinary research training. Discovery research will continue to provide a foundation for advancing knowledge, but a collaborative, transdisciplinary research paradigm will accelerate the translation of new knowledge into improvements in disease prevention, advances in health care, more effective public policies and opportunities for commercialization.

The program will develop scientists with the research and leadership skills necessary to build transdisciplinary research teams focusing on integrated therapeutic, surgical and rehabilitative approaches for the management of bone and joint diseases. Specifically, the objectives are:

  • to enhance the number of trainees involved in transdisciplinary musculoskeletal health research,
  • to support the career advancement of trainees, and
  • to foster the development of future leaders in Canadian healthcare, science and technology.

Pathology Assistant, MCISc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 28, 2012

The Pathology Assistant (PA) master’s program leads to a clinical master’s degree (MClSc). The program is course and practicum based, with the first year focusing on course-work and the second year focusing on intensive professional training in a series of clinical rotations. The PA graduate program will provide an outstanding education within a research and clinical intensive environment, where tomorrow’s Pathology Assistants will learn to be academically excellent and socially responsible. The program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and graduates of the program will be eligible to write the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) examination for certification as Pathologists’ Assistants.

Major and Minor in Animal Ethics and Sustainability Leadership, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: January 26, 2024

The Major and Minor in Animal Ethics and Sustainability Leadership are interdisciplinary arts and social sciences learning pathways that will build the capacities of students to thoughtfully understand and respond to contemporary socioeconomic challenges for the benefit of diverse people, animals, and our shared environment. The modules integrate courses from the social sciences, arts, and management and organizational studies so students will gain depth and breadth of understanding of pressing multispecies issues and debates, salient theories, and analytical frameworks, while also building their leadership skills to be career ready.

Major in China Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: November 24, 2023

The major module in China Studies is built from courses within the larger program that are currently taught across three minor modules: China Studies, Chinese Studies, and Chinese Business Communications. The structured combination of different disciplines in this major module will provide students with a more comprehensive curriculum of China Studies consisting of Chinese literature, culture, and language as well as Chinese history and geography.

Artificial Intelligence Systems Engineering, BESc

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: March 25, 2022

The Artificial Intelligence Systems Engineering (AISE) program is a five-year double degree program offered by the Faculty of Engineering at Western University. The objective of the program is to educate students in the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, online learning, algorithms and data structure to solve engineering problems. The focus of the AISE program is on (1) interdisciplinary study, explicitly linking each of chemical, civil, mechatronic, electrical, and mechanical engineering to the artificial intelligence and software engineering disciplines, and (2) multiple engineering case studies project-based courses.

Western engineering AISE graduates equipped with Artificial Intelligence skills in addition to depth of understanding of the engineering disciplines will be very attractive to potential employers. Engineering domain knowledge enables Western Engineering AISE graduates to build precise, accurate, and explainable predictive engineering AI models as well as building models that generalize better into real-world situations.

Major in Creative Arts and Production, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: January 28, 2022

The Creative Arts and Production program (CAP) is a four-year Major BA in which students explore the diverse meanings and significance of the creative arts and creativity through doing work that is interdisciplinary and engages with history and theory as well as through practice and production. Critical thinking and making are central to the program. In the CAP module, students take both core and elective courses alongside another Major, Specialization or Honours Specialization in a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, or the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Through collaborative projects and experiential learning opportunities, students examine the arts industry, discover and harness many forms of creativity by working independently and collaboratively, and consider the relationship between practical creative processes and interdisciplinary ideas and issues, including intersectional identity and community. Students will be able to bring practical skills and critical knowledge of creative theory to their future careers across a wide spectrum of the arts. Their experience in the program will facilitate both their awareness of the role of creativity in the world and their growth as global citizens.

Major in Human Rights Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: February 21, 2020

The Major in Human Rights Studies at King’s University College is dedicated to the interrogation of intersections between culture, conflict, citizenship and rights within a global framework. This program is designed to place the study of culture, conflict and the history of human rights within the broader, co-disciplinary context of an evolving global citizenship. Through a collaborative disciplinary approach, the program challenges students to explore the myriad nature of human rights and citizenship through various disciplinary and theoretical perspectives which are grounded in the Liberal Arts and King’s tradition of Catholic Higher Education. These are: historical-political, philosophical-ethical and literary-cultural.

The critical study of Human Rights offers students the opportunity to investigate the functioning of relevant institutions so as to participate in, or challenge this order. The module facilitates their exploration of Human Rights, and the violations of those rights, through various Social Science and Humanities lenses. They will be better informed and better able to make connections between the historical development of Human Rights, their political and legal frameworks, their dissemination and critique through cultural production and gendered contexts, their philosophical and ethical groundings, their religious manifestations and their practical applications. The curriculum requires students to engage in the debates that currently occupy Human Rights scholars and practitioners: on the origins of Human Rights, the extent to which these rights are universal or culturally relative, the efficacy of the global Human Rights framework, and the fragility of Human Rights as an ideal. These students will apply their skills and knowledge as they enter careers in the Law, in Policing, in Education and Health Care, and Governance and Policy Development. Their heightened consciousness of the fragility of Human Rights-of their importance as well as their limitations-especially in reference to vulnerable populations, will be applicable to a wide spectrum of possible career choices.

Major in Global Great Books, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: January 24, 2020

The Global Great Books program is a four-year interdisciplinary program in which students read significant and influential texts from around the world seeking to understand the questions that animate human life. Students take an introductory course in the first year, and enter the program in their second year taking two Global Great Books courses in each of years two, three and four alongside a variety of electives. The module is designed to introduce students to the world’s cultures, investigate questions and ideas both old and new, and gain the skills to effectively analyze on-going problems and contemporary crises from a variety of perspectives. Students learn to read critically, write both logically and persuasively, synthesize diverse materials, and become globally aware.

Major in Japanese Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: January 24, 2020

Japanese Studies offers a four-year Major focusing on developing both linguistic and cultural competencies: students complete their degree with a well-rounded understanding of Japanese society as well as strong Japanese language skills.  Successful students will have taken four years of Japanese language instruction, reaching the Advanced level of the Oral Proficiency Guidelines provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign languages and the B2 level of competence in Japanese as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Graduates will, in other words, be able to interact in Japanese in both everyday situations and professional contexts.  Successful students, moreover, will have acquired in depth knowledge of Japanese customs, history, religions and contemporary society, as well as the analytical, critical-thinking, and English-writing skills required in senior seminars.

Honours Specialization in Synthetic Biology, BSc

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: August 23, 2019

The undergraduate program in Synthetic Biology will be jointly offered by Western University’s Faculty of Science and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.  The objective of the program is to provide students with a strong foundation in the discipline of synthetic biology and prepare them to enter either academia or industry. Synthetic biology is ultimately concerned with the creation of novel biological systems for use in medical, industrial and environmental applications.  Courses in both theoretical and practical application of synthetic biology principles provide graduates with the tools to solve problems in the biological sciences, and beyond, using synthetic biology approaches.

The program builds upon the same comprehensive biology core program as other BSc and BMSc modules offered through the Faculty of Science and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and contains two required third-year lab courses to give students basic training in Genetic, Biochemical and Bioinformatics techniques. As specific preparation for entering industry, the program requires an introduction to business and project management.  In addition, the new Synthetic Biology specific courses, Biochemistry 3392F/G and Biology 4998E, provide skills for developing proposals for innovative synthetic biology solutions to current biological problems, including pitching ideas to a variety of audiences, and executing them in a team-based laboratory environment.

Biomedical Engineering, BME

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: April 20, 2018

The program in Biomedical Engineering will be offered by Western’s new School of Biomedical Engineering in partnership with Western’s Faculties of Health Sciences and Science and Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.  The objective of the program is to educate students in design and analysis of medical devices and in the application of principles of engineering science to solve problems in medicine and the biomedical sciences.

The program will provide students with a strong foundation of engineering and biomedical science fundamentals by combining biomedical engineering with the student’s choice of chemical, electrical, mechanical, or mechatronic systems engineering.  The biomedical engineering courses at the core of the program will bridge fundamental engineering subjects to upper-year electives and research opportunities by providing additional breadth and depth in applications of engineering science to medicine.  These courses will be suitable for students with backgrounds in a variety of engineering disciplines and will emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering.  The program will culminate with an intensive research experience during the final year that will provide students with practical experience in biomaterials, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, or medical mechatronics.

Integrated Science, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: April 22, 2016

The four-year honors program in Integrated Science will combine the focused coursework of a traditional science honors degree with a unique set of courses in Integrated Science. Through novel classroom and laboratory experiences, students in the Integrated Science program will refine their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while at the same time strengthening teamwork, leadership abilities and community engagement.

Besides courses in Integrated Science, students in the program will specialize in a defined discipline (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics). This will provide graduates with the necessary focused education to further develop the expertise valued by both industry and academia. Since many of today’s most pressing scientific problems are interdisciplinary (e.g. climate change), graduates of Western’s Integrated Science program will have a unique skill set allowing them to work more effectively on problems that span a number of science disciplines.

Major in Disability Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: March 24, 2016

The interdisciplinary Major in Disability Studies creates spaces for rethinking the dominance of traditional, individualized and medicalized models of disability by identifying the systemic barriers to full participation in society experienced by disabled people. It examines the historical and cultural roots of today’s categories of thought, and offers innovative theories, cases and best practices for moving towards a more inclusive society. The program combines rigorous academic foundations with an inquiry-based learning approach that values the contributions of people with disabilities themselves, and acknowledges the breadth and complexity of the large and diverse field being studied (over 15% of the population has some form of disability, including intellectual, developmental, learning, physical, sensory, and mental health).

The curriculum aims to: (1) foster strong analytical, research, writing and verbal expression skills grounded in social science and humanities approaches; (2) provide students with a thorough grounding in specific DS topics and issues; and (3) enhance students’ ability to be effective, ethical, and creative actors in educational, civic and private organizations, who can change the structural conditions that disable people. The degree meets a growing local, national and international need for professionals capable of addressing disability-related social challenges, such as aging population, war- and sports-related physical impairment, and increasing rates of diagnosis for learning disability and mental health.

Honors Specialization and Specialization in Nonprofit Management, BMOS

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: March 19, 2015

The Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS), Nonprofit Management Program is a four year interdisciplinary program that combines courses in General Management, Nonprofit Management, Community Development and Leadership in order to prepare students to make a difference in society, lead organizations, and make recommendations for positive change. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in community organizations in social services, arts and other nonprofit settings.

The program will enable students to develop leadership capabilities and management skills through experiences both in and outside of the classroom.  Inside the classroom students will be exposed to various pedagogies including case studies, simulations, exercises, field studies, live problems, and lectures to facilitate the application of knowledge, development of arguments and alternatives and ultimately proposed solutions reflecting sound judgement.   Outside of the classroom students will have the opportunity to participate in two practicums where they will work directly with staff and leaders in community, nonprofit and other organizations.  In addition, students will have the option to apply to the Management and Organizational Studies paid Internship Program.

Theatre Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: December 18, 2014

This program provides students with a deep insight into the practice and reception of theatre studies. It begins with a foundational year, i.e., the first year of the module, that enables students to analyze the forms and meanings of performance in national and international contexts. In subsequent years, students tailor their learning to achieve their own intellectual and career goals. Courses include topics in audience reception, performance archives, arts journalism and the playwright’s art.  The degree emphasizes hands-on learning and its capstone is Destination Theatre, with students immersing themselves in theatre cultures outside of London to experience live performance, theatrical spaces, and cultures of reception.

Honours Specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, BMSc

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: August 7, 2013

The Honours Specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics program in the Bachelor of Medical Science program is intended to provide a unique alternative to other Honours Specializations, particularly for students who are interested in health economics, health systems policy, and health technology assessment.

Major in Arts and Humanities, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: September 21, 2012

The Major in Arts and Humanities forms the core of the new School for Advanced Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The School will provide a research-intensive, interdisciplinary academic experience for a select group of high achieving students. This program  will focus on writing, research skills and methodologies in Arts and Humanities, culminating in a thematic, integrated fourth-year seminar.

Chemical Engineering (International Collaboration with Zhejiang University), BESc

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: April 13, 2012

The new Bachelor of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering (International Collaboration) is a dual-degree program to be offered collaboratively by Western University and Zhejiang University. Designed as a “2 + 2” program, students will take their first two years of the program at Zhejiang University before transferring to Western University for Years 3 and 4. The two universities have collaborated on the curriculum of Years 1 and 2, and two additional bridging courses will ensure that students from Zhejiang University are prepared for the final two years of the program at Western University. Courses in Years 3 and 4 of the program are the same as Western’s current Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

Similar to Western’s existing chemical engineering program, the “2+2” program will focus on the depth of core courses such that students are able to formulate  chemical engineering  problems  encountered  in  real life  using  first principles. However, in today’s ever-diversified applications of chemical engineering ranging from traditional petrochemical industries to those recently emerged (such as biomedical and nanotechnology), depth of knowledge should be complemented with a breadth that enables graduates to apply these principles into other related problems. The program thus will equip graduates with critical thinking and broad understanding in translational problem-solving skills.