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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Biological and Chemical Sciences, PhD

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: November 14, 2013

The PhD program in biological and chemical sciences is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. This is a research-intensive program, with selected coursework and seminar requirements structured to complement the research component and ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Student research is supervised by faculty using an apprenticeship training model, in which faculty assist students in developing and conducting research that is focused on the students developing into independent researchers.

Kinesiology, PhD

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: June 28, 2013

The main objective of the PhD program in Kinesiology is to provide graduate students with a highly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the examination of issues involved with physical activity, sport, exercise, health and physical education. This program will be primarily research-oriented. Graduate students, in close collaboration with faculty members, will investigate important questions across a wide range of populations including typically developing children and those with motor delays (such as Autism) through to healthy older adults and those dealing with challenging disorders (for example, individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and/or Multiple Sclerosis).

Community Music, MA

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: December 18, 2012

Music in the Community may or may not be formal. Leadership in community music may be volunteer (uncompensated) or professional (compensated). Music in the Community may be part of a larger institution or may be a grassroots, private initiative enterprise. Accordingly, this program is premised on an open concept of Music in the Community and the advancement of such musical practices; it is designed as a part-time degree study. Those seeking to acquire community music leadership skills, and to be recognized by the community as qualified to hold positions of leadership, require advanced training and scholarship. This Master of Arts degree in Community Music provides both requisites and, in so doing, creates a defined standard of achievement.

The program will attract community leaders with an undergraduate degree who are or plan to be engaged in creating and/or making music in schools, places of worship, ensembles, private studios and elsewhere. Scholarly study provides a critical and theoretical framework, while applied experience provides the necessary skills and practical understanding for meeting the expectations of community music leadership.

Social Justice and Community Engagement, MA

Graduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: November 12, 2012

Through an applied focus at the local scale, the Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) program is committed to engaged scholarship informed by critical social justice/environmental justice theories and approaches. The program fosters students’ abilities to investigate and understand the root causes of injustice and to engage in the promotion of social justice/environmental justice principles and actions at the community level.

Through course work, a community placement and a major research project (MRP), students will develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. The program provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through the community placement and research capabilities that culminate in the capstone MRP. This provides students with the optimum combination of skills and knowledge to successfully continue into doctoral research or obtain employment in this sector.

Public Safety, BA Honours

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: November 22, 2019

The Honours Bachelor of Arts Public Safety (BAPS) program is a part-time, online, professionally focused program designed exclusively for graduates of specific college diploma programs interested in the application of knowledge, and the demonstration of appropriate communication and professionalism skills necessary for success in public safety careers. The proposed program will serve community needs for competent public safety practitioners and address a current void found within public safety disciplines (i.e., emergency management, countering crime, national security, and border strategies) as the first online undergraduate program in Public Safety offered in Canada.

Students from a range of college diploma programs in related fields will be awarded 10.0 credits of advanced standing toward their degree, and complete the remaining 10 credits in the BAPS program.  In addition to new courses in public safety, the program curriculum consists of online courses across a variety of disciplines, including Policing, Leadership, Health Studies, Political Science, and Human Rights.


Science, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: April 26, 2019

The Honours BSc in Science is a broad-based, flexible program that will provide students with an opportunity to define and pursue their interests across a variety of scientific disciplines. This program will leverage the strengths of existing programs in the Faculty of Science and fill identified student needs and interests. The program will provide students with foundational courses in first year, including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and a choice of courses from Psychology, Physics, Computer Science, and Geography. The second year will include a number of required courses in Chemistry, Biology, and Statistics, but will offer students more flexibility in terms of course selection. In the third and fourth years of the program, students can select the science courses that are of interest to them, offering the flexibility to pursue courses that meet their own learning goals and post-graduation plans. The intent of this program is to offer a flexible science degree that allows students to meet their own learning goals, while providing a background in fundamental scientific knowledge and quantitative skills necessary for scientific inquiry.

Humanities with Leadership Foundations, BA (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: June 22, 2018

The Honours Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with Leadership Foundations combines courses from three traditional arts subjects: Philosophy, English and History, with courses from Leadership to create a multi-disciplinary program. The program, while open to traditional high school graduates, has been designed to appeal primarily to graduates of applied and technical diploma programs at community colleges who wish to supplement their college training with an interesting and useful degree that prepares them for leadership roles in a wide variety of professions. The degree is designed to ensure that broad foundational humanities content is integrated and applied by means of a required introductory seminar, as well as a project-centred capstone course where students investigate an enduring question or contemporary problem from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives, and articulate the skills and knowledge they have gained from the various courses they have taken throughout the degree that help them in their investigation.

International Education Studies, BA (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: May 10, 2018

The Honours BA in International Education Studies (BIES) is an interdisciplinary program built upon a partnership between the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts, Department of Global Studies.  This degree does not culminate in Ontario teacher certification, but equips students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills both for teaching in international schools and for work in other sectors with education-related missions, such as international development or post-conflict peacebuilding.

The BIES degree combines training from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including critical social science and humanities training from Global Studies and an inter-cultural, social justice informed approach to pedagogy from Education. It includes an international placement and study of a second language as core components to cultivate affinity for intercultural communication, social justice and diversity. In addition to core credits in both Global Studies and Education, students will also complete one Canadian placement, one international placement, online credits leading to an International Teaching Certificate (ITC) offered by the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), and have the option to complete the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Standard 1) certification, offered by Conestoga College.

Data Science, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: August 25, 2017

The Honours Bachelor of Science in Data Science is a 20-credit undergraduate program offered by the Departments of Mathematics and Physics & Computer Science. Because data science is an inherently interdisciplinary field, the program contains compulsory coursework in computer science, mathematics, probability and statistical analysis, data analysis, business and economics. The program has two optional concentrations in Financial Risk Analysis and Big Data. Students in the Data Science program will develop a thorough understanding of important techniques in statistical data analysis, learn practical skills necessary to implement data analysis, data mining, and visualization techniques, and be familiar with current data science technologies.

User Experience Design, BDes (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: July 28, 2016

The Honours Bachelor of Design degree in User Experience Design (UXD) is a four year program in which students will earn two credentials: an Honours Bachelor of Design from Laurier and a Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College in Interactive Media Management – User Experience.

Through the UXD program, students will progressively work towards mastery of all aspects of user-centred design, including undertaking needs assessments, creating design solutions, and evaluating design outcomes. This program combines design education with technical instruction and hands-on training to configure interactive design strategies using existing and emerging technologies. This will prepare students to act as user experience design practitioners or consultants in website and application development, as well as immersive, virtual, and mobile environments. The Graduate Certificate will facilitate the development of strong technical knowledge to complement the theoretical and critical skills developed through a liberal arts university education.

With a blend of courses in design and liberal arts, graduates of this program will have the necessary creative and critical skills to be well-rounded contributors to the experience design process, and will be well-positioned to enter a growing job market with a professionalized, high demand degree. Vertical integration and job readiness will be ensured through the students’ use of an electronic portfolio throughout their four years of study; through optional internship and co-op opportunities; and through a capstone project in their final year.

Work and Employment, BA (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: June 17, 2016

Work is central to human experience. This program provides a unique and broadly-based interdisciplinary investigation of the historical and contemporary dimensions of the experience of work and the developing terrain of employment in Canada and the globalized world. Students gain an understanding of the rapidly changing world of work through courses on innovative work arrangements, conflict resolution, global labour issues, labour history, collective bargaining, employment law, work-life balance, disabilities studies, occupational health and safety, workplace diversity, and much more. The program encourages students to consider how the arrangements and contexts of work and practices within workplaces can further leverage social inclusion, diversity and the development of the whole person.

The program will appeal to students seeking a broad university education that also imparts job ready skills. Students can take the full four-year BA program, or can choose to take the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Work & Employment in combination with one of two graduate certificates from Conestoga College: Human Resources Management or Career Development Practitioner. Students pursuing this route take courses for the Conestoga certificate program in their third year of studies in classrooms on the Laurier Brantford campus. In just four years, students following this pathway can earn both a Laurier Honours BA degree and a Conestoga graduate certificate.

The program provides the necessary foundational knowledge for graduates to obtain positions in the employment field – a broad and growing sector in today’s job market – in such areas as career counselling, labour relations, human resources or workplace training, and in private industry, public policy and administration, social services, law, teaching, mediation and dispute resolution, the labour movement, journalism, community development or much more. Our graduates will also be well-positioned to pursue multiple opportunities in graduate education.

Applied Water Science, BSc

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: June 19, 2015

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Water Science will train students in not only the underlying scientific principles and theory pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water, but it will focus on how these scientific principles can be applied to improve the management and conservation of water and land resources. Through a combination of theoretical training and practical work experience, this program will provide students with an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes that occur at the water-atmosphere / soil-plant-atmosphere interface allowing them to contribute to society’s quest to improve the availability, security and reliability of human water supplies while ensuring whole ecosystem and human health. In addition to the creation of new courses in Applied Water Science, units of study will be drawn from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, and Environmental Studies. The program will focus student training on the development of analytical, quantitative, computing, and communication skills through a combination of extensive fieldwork, excursions and lecture/laboratory experiences.

Policing, BA (Honours)

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: May 22, 2015

The Honours Bachelor of Arts in Policing is a fully online undergraduate degree delivered through the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. The online mode of delivery is designed to meet the demands of students’ work schedules, and to make the degree available to officers from across the country. Students admitted to this program must have a related college diploma and be serving police officers with a minimum of one year experience. Students are also required to complete the Ontario Police College (OPC) Front Line Supervisor course through the Ontario Police College in order to graduate. The BA in Policing includes courses in leadership and management, ethics, diversity and Indigenous policing that are relevant for the needs and careers of police officers and others working closely with a diverse population. In addition, courses dealing with social and community psychology, as well as mental health awareness and management will round out a curriculum that speaks to the whole student and addresses the needs of a demanding society.


Game Design and Development, BFAA

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: August 7, 2014

The program in Game Design and Development will prepare students to work within academic, public, and commercial sectors to produce digital, analog (board), or live action games that reach beyond the traditional scope of the games industry and forge new ground in transformative, socially engaged games that rely on cutting-edge social research to inform both content and development.

Indigenous Studies, BA

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: August 7, 2014

All students in the Indigenous Studies Combined Honours BA program will develop an increased awareness of their own culture and the cultures of Indigenous peoples, both in Canada and globally; they will learn to identify and articulate research questions and approaches that respect and utilize indigenous research paradigms and the common theoretical assumptions of indigenous cultures; and they will develop facility in communicating with and between indigenous and non-native Canadian populations and groups in the execution of their academic or professional duties.

Social Work, BSW

Undergraduate Wilfrid Laurier University
Decision Date: December 18, 2012

The BSW program is a course of study that incorporates social work curriculum with humanities, arts and social sciences co-curricula. The humanities, arts and social sciences courses provide essential foundations for student learning opportunities fostering concept and skill development. The social work courses provide knowledge and skill development for professional practice in social work. The four-year program is for students matriculating from high school, while the advanced standing program allows college graduates of accredited human service worker programs to begin studies near the beginning of the third year of the program.

The BSW program offers a unique focus on Aboriginal issues and includes an examination of the cultural exchanges between Canada’s colonial processes and First Nations people. Laurier Brantford is located adjacent to Six Nations and the New Credit Reserve, placing the program in an ideal location for establishing connections for opportunities to learn about the culture and customs of First Nations people. Graduates of the program will be eligible for membership in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and prepared for practice in a variety of fields, including child welfare, mental health, family and children’s services, Aboriginal services, social policy and planning, and community development.