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: Queen's University
The Department of English at Queen’s University is proud to announce the launch of the Master of Philosophy Degree in English Language and Literature. This 2-year program, unique among Ontario Universities, features intensive field-specific study, broad coursework, a Publishing Practicum, and guaranteed entry into the Queen’s English Doctoral Program (following completion of MPhil Degree Requirements). The degree is designed for diverse learners and will be of particular interest to undergraduate students who are already contemplating doctoral research.
MPhil students choosing to move directly into the workforce upon graduation will have attained field-specific expertise, advanced professionalization, and evidence of research and writing skills through the Publishing Practicum. MPhil students choosing to move on into doctoral studies will accelerate their dissertation work by three full terms.
The MPhil is nested within a flexible suite of Graduate Offerings in English at Queen’s that includes the 1-year MA, the 2-year MPhil, and the 4-year PhD. Inquiries about the program can be directed to Dr. Molly Wallace, Graduate Chair of the English Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership (DSc RHL) is a 36 month executive-style program that allows its students to continue working while completing the degree, through a blend of on-campus intensive sessions and online-learning. The program, developed by Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy, is the University’s first professional, applied dissertation, doctoral program.
The DSc (RHL) will train leader scholars who are able to apply theory and use rigorous methodologies to inform decision-making in rehabilitation and health settings across the country and around the globe. It equips currently practicing rehabilitation and health professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently pursue career opportunities requiring advanced competencies in leadership, program development, applied research and evaluation, advocacy, change management, and knowledge translation.
The program format and curriculum design leverage the power of inter-disciplinary collaboration and creativity in the discovery of new knowledge. The program is open to all professionals, with bachelor- or masters-level degrees, whose backgrounds or future career goals focus on advancing programs, services, and systems that will positively influence the everyday lives of people affected by or at risk of disability.
The PhD in Gender Studies is a four-year program that focuses on advanced theories and methods in gender studies. Students will critically study and practice applying their field to pressing issues of power, inequity, and equity, such as those shaped by gender, race, nation, class, and sexuality. This program consists of a blend of theory-based course work, advanced methods course work, and individual research. Dissertations may be written using multiple formats—monograph, manuscript, or portfolio—to maximize their applicability to a broad spectrum of audiences and careers.
Unique to the six other Gender Studies PhD programs in Canada, this program also gives students the opportunity to form research partnerships by practicing community-based collaborative research and collaborative authorship. Graduates seeking research-intensive academic careers will be prepared to link research and teaching to sites beyond the academy. Graduates seeking non-academic careers will be prepared to apply their PhD to the public and private sectors, in such fields as government, public administration, law, policy, social services, the arts, business and education.
The Professional Master’s in Biomedical Informatics program is a 12-month, full time program developed by Queen’s School of Computing and the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS). The program consists of 24 units—six courses and a Master’s project.
The GDip program is primarily aimed at recently graduated students (BSc. Honours) in biology, biochemistry, life and medical sciences, or a related field. The aim of this program is to train future data scientists to translate data into knowledge that can transform how health care is approached and delivered. The Master’s program builds on the knowledge acquired in the GDip program by providing opportunities and mentorship for students to conduct projects in biomedical and molecular science and to develop skills in database development and management, data analysis of complex biomedical databases, advanced techniques in computing, and/or biomedical or molecular sciences.
The Biomedical Informatics Graduate Diploma program is a four-month, full time course-based program developed by Queen’s School of Computing and the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS). The program consists of 12 units (four courses), one of which requires a final written paper on biomedical informatics.
The GDip program is primarily aimed at recently graduated students (BSc. Honours) in biology, biochemistry, life and medical sciences, or a related field. The focus of this program is on the application of existing tools and techniques for managing and analyzing biomedical data. The main goal of the GDip is to train students to have command of knowledge in the area of biomedical informatics so that they can apply computational tools to analyze the data in their disciplines.
Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Informatics provides advanced standing in the Professional Master’s in Biomedical Informatics program, which involves another six units of coursework (two courses) and a Master’s project.
The M.A. Arts Leadership program is a 12-month blended program commencing in May. The program consists of 24 units with the majority of the courses in the first semester delivered on campus at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. During the Fall semester, students have the option to study online or on campus, depending on electives chosen. The Master’s program culminates in a Winter semester practicum at an arts organization and a rigorous capstone project, which enables students to generate original perspectives that synthesize theoretical knowledge and skills learned in their graduate courses.
Master’s students will gain a foundation of knowledge of strategic thinking and planning, cultural policy, arts marketing, arts philanthropy, finance, contract negotiations and labour law, and leadership. During their last semester, students will observe and analyze problems and solutions in a professional arts setting, interact with arts colleagues, and gain insight into their future role and career interests in the arts. Graduates of the program will be visionary, robust, and qualified cultural leaders, poised with the revenue development skills and hands-on experience necessary to contribute to ensuring a vibrant and sustainable future for the arts in Canada.
The Arts Management Graduate Diploma program is a full-time, blended course-based program developed by the Dan School of Drama and Music and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Held over a 6 week period beginning in May, the program consists of 12 units (5 courses), one of which is delivered online.
Graduate Diploma students will gain a foundation of knowledge in strategic planning, arts marketing, philanthropy, governance, and financial and management accounting. They will have the opportunity to meet with top practitioners in the field and apply their theoretical knowledge through assignments, field studies, and in-class simulations. Graduates of the program will have developed 21st century leadership and management capabilities in the arts and cultural sector.
Completion of the Arts Management Graduate Diploma provides advanced standing in the M.A. in Arts Leadership program, which involves another term of coursework and a third term practicum and capstone project.
The Professional Master of Medical Sciences is designed to enhance students’ research and clinical skills to align with the requirements of the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) process and to promote research and scholarship activities in future physicians. Applicants must hold an MD to be considered for admission to the program.
The objectives of the program are:
- To enhance students’ clinical skills in the context of the Canadian healthcare system;
- To engage students to explore current issues in medical sciences;
- To foster the development of students’ professional identities, and achieve their future career objectives as clinician scientists, medical science professionals and future medical teachers;
- To provide opportunities for students to conduct research projects in medical sciences;
- To facilitate the development of students’ communication skills to enable them to share their research in a variety of forums.The program requires both coursework and a project. Students may start either in July or January, and complete the program in a year. The Professional Master of Medical Sciences requires, at minimum, the completion of 24 credit units. In addition to the three courses required for the Graduate Diploma, the Professional Master also requires another clinical skills training course (MSCI 802, 6 credit units), and a research project in medical sciences (MSCI 898, 6 credit units).
The program requires both coursework and a project. Students may start either in July or January, and complete the program in a year.
The Professional Master of Medical Sciences requires, at minimum, the completion of 24 credit units. In addition to the three courses required for the Graduate Diploma, the Professional Master also requires another clinical skills training course (MSCI 802, 6 credit units), and a research project in medical sciences (MSCI 898, 6 credit units).
The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences is a course-based program designed to enhance students’ research and clinical skills to align with the requirements of the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) process and to promote research and scholarship activities in future physicians. Applicants must hold an MD to be considered for admission to the program.
The objectives of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences are:
- To enhance students’ clinical skills in the context of the Canadian healthcare system;
- To engage students to explore current issues in medical sciences;
- To foster the development of students’ professional identities, and achieve their future career objectives as clinician scientists and medical science professionals.
Students may start either in July or January, and complete the program within 6 months. Students in the Graduate Diploma program may elect to apply for the Professional Master of Medical Sciences, and they may also ladder into other MSc programs in Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Graduate Diploma in Medical Sciences requires, at minimum, the completion of 12 credit units, including a Research Methodology course (MSCI 800, 3 credit units), one elective graduate course (3 credit units) chosen from the approved list, and a clinical skills training course (MSCI 801, 6 credit units).
The GDipPC is an 8-month, part time, blended online interdisciplinary course-based program (i.e. online courses and 1-week onsite residency) structured to prepare candidates for careers/career advancement in the area of pain care through the development of:
• An enhanced appreciation of the burden of pain on the individual and society,
• An advanced understanding of the pathophysiology of pain,
• The ability to apply the biopsychosocial model to the assessment and treatment of pain,
• The ability to engage in program evaluation and to assume leadership roles in supporting best practices in pain care.
The GDipPC is a professional program designed to provide individuals with in-depth theoretical and clinical knowledge that will enhance their ability to provide and facilitate quality care to individuals with pain.
“Queen’s University’s Professional Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership (MEERL) is intended for early, to early-mid career professionals working in the energy and mineral resource sectors. The 20 month program will be offered mostly online with three residential periods of approximately a week’s duration and can be completed while the student remains employed. The program is bringing together faculty and industry leaders from a wide range of backgrounds to enhance integration across multiple fields within earth and natural resource management, including the geosciences, engineering, and the legal, policy, and business realms. Most aspects of developing and producing natural resources are becoming more complex with time. These include increased participation by stakeholder communities, concerns about potential environmental impacts, doing business in a global marketplace, incorporating new technology, and the imperative to effectively manage the entire life-cycle of resource development within the context of both sustainability and commercial viability. This new program is designed to equip participants with the leadership skills and broad, cross-disciplinary training to effectively make sound decisions and manage these trade-offs in the face of the uncertainty and complexity inherent in natural resource development.”
The MSc(AH) is a 12 month, full time, blended online interdisciplinary course-based professional program (i.e. onsite residency and online components). It is structured to prepare candidates for careers/career advancement in the area of aging and health through the development of:
- a comprehensive knowledge of society and normal healthy aging
- the ability to critically analyze research findings in the field
- the ability to conduct in-depth analyses of ethical dilemmas experienced by older adults and those who care for older clients in society, and
- the ability to complete projects in the community to enhance the understanding of care and compassion for those who are aging.
It is a professional program designed to provide core competencies and develop attributes recognized by professional bodies that consider issues of aging and heath as core and to develop research skills relevant to the field.
The PhD is a 48 month, full time, blended online interdisciplinary doctoral program (i.e. annual onsite period followed by online/distance components) designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to:
- compare and contrast research methodologies and methods in Aging and Health
- design and carry out independent research in Aging and Health,
- have a solid foundation of specialized discipline-specific knowledge
- have an understanding of aging and health issues in Canadian society from perspectives of multiple academic and professional disciplines.
The GDipAH is an 8 month, full time, blended online interdisciplinary course-based program (i.e. onsite residency and online components) structured to prepare candidates for careers/career advancement in the area of aging and health through the development of:
- a comprehensive knowledge of society and normal healthy aging
- the ability to critically analyze research findings in the field, and
- the ability to conduct in-depth analyses of ethical dilemmas experienced by older adults and those who care for older clients in society.
It is a professional program designed to provide core competencies and develop attributes recognized by professional bodies that consider issues of aging and heath as core. Completion of the GDipAH provides advanced standing in the MSc(AH) program.
The Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) is a one-year professional program that provides students with the business and design skills to succeed as entrepreneurs. Students with an honours undergraduate degree from any discipline will be considered; diversity in background training is desired. To ensure all registrants have the necessary quantitative skills, residential training will be provided. Through a transdisciplinary and team-based approach, students will acquire strong theoretical and experiential underpinnings to become effective leaders in highly entrepreneurial and innovative career pursuits, broadly categorized into entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and social innovation. Through a combination of coursework, team work, research and projects, students will develop the skills and knowledge to launch and lead a venture.
The Professional Master of Education Degree (PME) is a part-time, course based graduate program that is part of the Faculty of Education’s laddered-credential, online program. Students may apply for direct entry into the PME or after completion of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry [GDPI]. Successful graduates of the GDPI may apply credits earned toward the completion of the PME. The PME is designed to provide students with the ability to integrate new knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning into professional practice. Students will have five concentrations to choose from: Aboriginal Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Education Abroad, and Literacy Education. Each five-course concentration focuses on developing expertise and leadership through field-based, professional inquiry aimed at improving teaching and learning. The PME program will attract students who wish to complete a graduate degree without having to leave their work environments. The online delivery format will enable students to engage in both individual and collaborative learning to develop:deeper knowledge about the research literature in their area of interest; stronger connections between their teaching and research; greater ability to lead in their schools; and an understanding of change implementation based on data available in their professional contexts.
The Graduate Diploma in Risk Policy and Regulation (GDipRPR) is a four-month program unique in Canada. It is designed to attract students with a Master’s degree in the area of financial economics. A key feature of the program is the integration of material from a wide variety of economic and related fields relevant for risk managers, regulators, supervisors, academic and administrators of financial stability (such as central banks.) Courses in risk management theory and implementation, banking theory and practice, financial regulation, and advanced topics in risk management and regulation will be interest to those pursuing careers in the private or public sector. In addition, the incorporation of relevant material from financial management and accounting and behavioural economics will enable graduates of the program to think creatively about how alternative risk management models can be developed and applied and will allow them to contribute to the design of more effective regulations and policies influencing the financial sector.
Amalgamation of the Faculty of Health Sciences basic science departments (Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology) into the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS) provided an exciting opportunity to redefine and deliver integrated and collaborative graduate programs. The integrated Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program offers three degree programs. Students in the MSc (Anatomical Sciences) receive training in the art of teaching and curriculum design in the anatomical sciences and complete 30 credit units of coursework, a practicum entailing the production of a human anatomy specimen, lecturing and laboratory teaching. Research-based MSc and PhD candidates are trained in hypothesis-based mechanistic research through a program strongly emphasizing experimental work that tests original research questions complemented by a focused course-load tailored to each student’s background and project requirements.
The tight job market has led many new post-secondary school graduates to obtain an edge by seeking practical business knowledge from an institution of higher education. The Graduate Diploma in Business is designed to meet this growing demand and will attract non-business undergraduates wanting to achieve competencies in business acumen. Graduates of the Diploma program will have built on the skills developed in their previous academic training and will have the skills and knowledge in areas of general management and the analysis of the business environment to improve their employability. This four month diploma program is based on the core courses of the Queen’s MBA. Successful graduates of the Diploma program may ladder their credential by applying the credits earned toward completion of the Queen’s MBA should they so desire.
The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) diploma program is a change in credential designation from a post-baccalaureate certificate to a graduate diploma. The new PHCNP diploma program is offered as part of a nine university consortium – known as the Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing Consortium.
In Ontario, Nurse Practitioners (NP) are Registered Nurses in the Extended Class who have completed additional specialized nursing education enabling them to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic and screening tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures. This program equips NPs with advanced knowledge and decision-making skills enabling them to assess and promote health, treat and prevent disease and injury, and provide rehabilitation and support to individuals, families and communities. PHCNP diploma graduates may provide vital access to primary health care services in isolated, underserved, remote and rural communities where shortages of primary care physicians are compounded by issues of poverty, unemployment and poor education.
The Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry addresses the inquiry skills fundamental to professional thinking and action. Specifically, the curriculum is designed to improve professional problem-solving and decision-making processes at the individual, team, program, classroom and organizational levels. Currently in many professions, including education, there is an emphasis on evidence-informed decision-making. Inquiry practices are the processes used to guide such an approach.
The PhD program in Environmental Studies would provide graduate training in socio-ecological issues and sustainable approaches to addressing environmental issues, emphasizing interdisciplinarity and focusing on the concept of sustainability and sustainable practices. The theme of sustainability emphasizes the long-term nature and impacts of environmental change, the connections between today’s decisions and tomorrow’s welfare, and the strong dependence of human well-being on environmental quality. The program responds to widespread perceptions and concerns about society’s future in a world of finite resources.
The Master of Management Analytics program will meet the rapidly growing need for analysts who understand the technical and mathematical challenges of analytics as well as the management contexts in which they arise. This program will give students who possess strong quantitative abilities the skills that they need to develop, direct and deliver projects in analytics that add value to businesses or other organizations. The program is designed for working professionals and will provide thorough coverage of the mathematical and statistical theories and methods that underlie modern analytics, while maintaining a practitioner focus. Graduates will be able to develop and use advanced database and search techniques to extract useful data from very large data sources and apply modern methods of data summarization and visualization to enhance understanding of organizational environments, including the economy, internal organizational performance, competitive positioning, and the structure and behaviours of markets or client groups.
The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality is unique in that it will develop a discipline in three areas of healthcare that are rarely linked – quality, risk and safety–with the intent to ensure better quality healthcare minimizing errors for Canadians. As healthcare planning is often conducted in isolation and within narrow parameters, this master’s degree will prepare professionals to examine quality across a broader spectrum: understanding legal precedence and decisions, linking quality to beneficence (doing good), minimizing the emphasis on non-maleficence (doing no harm), and recognizing the role of policy, health care reorganization, human factors and engineering to provide excellent care.
The MSc (HQ) program is interdisciplinary in its design, delivery and scope. Use of informational technologies will permit access for potential students across Canada, and internationally.
Canadian based mining companies face the challenge of building constructive and positive working and living relationships with mining affected communities not only within Canada but also abroad. This certificate program is structured to address some of the most critical community relations skill and practice deficiencies of mining company staff working at North American based operations, and potentially at foreign sites as well. The program reflects industry needs, community challenges and political realities in North America. This practitioner-targeted certificate is skill based and competency focused, with three out of four courses packaged for distance delivery, allowing participants to continue working as they learn.
The program is designed primarily to meet the professional needs of people already working in or having worked in the minerals industry, in associated government agencies, or in non-governmental or community based organizations. It aims to equip students with the knowledge, competencies and best practices that will help them to understand, engage with, and contribute more effectively to the creation of positive and lasting company-community relationships. Successful graduates will be able to assume expanded work roles and increasing levels of responsibility within their organizations.
- Cultural diversity
- Cultural competency
- Intercultural sensitivity
- Learn a minimum of two languages
This major will provide students with an understanding and awareness of cultural diversity in their own cultures, as well as some knowledge of different cultural practices and world-views. Courses are multi-, cross-, and inter-disciplinary on a variety of topics that examine the influences of key social, historical, political, and artistic developments within varied cultural traditions. The major is an excellent platform for study abroad opportunities or gaining additional experiential learning. Developing cultural competency and intercultural sensitivity prepares students for a wide range of post-graduate careers, graduate degree options, and professional programs.
Queen’s new Politics-Philosophy-Economics (PPE) program provides students with a set of diverse and flexible skills for the study of social issues and societal responses. The questions that motivate the study of politics, philosophy, and economics share important similarities, including their social nature, the analytical and critical thinking required to address them, and their complexity and multi-dimensionality. The tools and perspectives may be different in each discipline, but the questions asked are based on common interests. The PPE program provides students with varied approaches to probe, investigate, and resolve fundamental issues of social importance.
The BA in Liberal Studies is a fully online interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an integrated liberal studies education. The program is structured around modes of critical thought, and focused on breadth rather than specialization. The plan is made up of 30.0 units of specified core and option degree-credit courses, which are combined with electives to complete the 90.0-unit degree program. The program starts with a required foundational course which introduces students to approaches, methodologies and fundamental questions in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Students are then required to select courses from each of the four modes of critical thought: scientific inquiry and reasoning, insights into contemporary society and culture, critical perspectives on history, and academic writing. Finally, a required capstone course, LIBS 300, will enable students to draw on and synthesize their learning using a collaborative, project-based approach. By fostering an interdisciplinary approach to intellectual inquiry, argument and analysis, the BA in Liberal Studies will prepares students for more in-depth study in a specific field or to enter a professional program such as law, as well as provide them with a strong comprehensive educational foundation and the adaptable skills for any career path or life activity.
The Queen’s University Bachelor of Music Theatre (BMT) is a 4-year collaborative program offered by Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College that will provide students with a quality theoretical and practical education in musical theatre performance. Aspiring musical theatre professionals will receive extensive preparation in acting, singing, and dance. Students will receive instruction from faculty and industry professionals with interdisciplinary training that fully encompasses the priorities of experiential learning in the performing arts. They will gain the knowledge and skillsets to be successful in the fast-paced and rapidly changing fields of dramatic and musical theatre through learning in classes such as playwriting, design in theatre, and applied musical instrument training. By the end of the program, students will have an extensive knowledge of not only how to perform in a musical theatre and entertainment environment but also how to lead and design creative endeavours within the field and beyond.
Queen’s University is proud to offer one of Canada’s newest and most innovative online degree programs. The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree is a collaborative, inter-professional program created jointly by the University’s Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy. Students customize their degree, choosing from a variety of strategically designed courses. Further specialization is encouraged through a series of unique learning tracks allowing for more in-depth study in specific fields of interest. The courses have been designed to develop students’ competencies and skillsets in relation to careers across the health professions. Upon completion of the Health Sciences degree, graduates will have gained the courses required for application to a wide variety of health professional programs and to graduate studies.
Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College are collaborating to offer a Joint Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree/Diploma in Biotechnology. Students in the Biotechnology Specialization Plan at Queen’s can earn credit towards the Biotechnology Diploma at St. Lawrence, and vice versa.
Students may transfer academic credits between the two institutions, resulting in the accelerated completion of both programs (a 4 year BScH in Biology, specialization in biotechnology and a 3 year Advanced Diploma in Biotechnology) in just 5 years. Students can start the Degree/Diploma at either institution, and will spend between 2.5-3.5 years at Queen’s, with the remaining time at St. Lawrence. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biotechnology Specialization will also be available as a stand-alone four-year degree program for Queen’s students.
The combination of technical skills with conceptual and research training will provide our graduates with undergraduate Biotechnology training second to none in Ontario. Program graduates will have a unique set of skills. Highly trained in the technical aspects of biotechnology that the College training offers, they will have the skills to take on jobs as lab technicians in industry, government or academic jobs. The University training will enhance their theoretical and research training and give them the skills to lead research and innovation in biotechnology.
The Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology degree is a collaboration between Queen’s University’s Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining and Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines. The program is designed to meet the needs of the mining industry, and of college-educated professionals looking to advance their careers and education. Directed at Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technologists, or Mining Engineering Technician graduates, the BTech (Mining) program consists of customized bridging courses, two years of online university study, as well as two on-site field placements (located in Kingston and Timmins). Curriculum material will provide fundamental depth of knowledge and background theory in the field of mining. The program’s technology focus is designed to provide technical, managerial, and sustainability skills. Students are prepared to address emerging challenges in improving productivity, efficiency, and safety, reduce environmental impacts, and develop a social conscience. Graduates of the program will be experienced, motivated leaders, with the hands-on knowledge required to solve a variety of practical industry problems, and will have the ability to turn newly developed tools and technologies into productive and efficient solutions for the modern mining industry.