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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Astrobiology, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate McMaster University
Decision Date: September 10, 2012

Astrobiology, including the related research area “the origins of life,” is an intrinsically interdisciplinary or perhaps more appropriately “transdisciplinary”‘ science. Researchers must possess expertise in specific fields such as astrophysics, planetary science and microbiology, but also must possess the training that allows them to work effectively within multidisciplinary teams.

The Collaborative Program in Astrobiology will involve five participating graduate programs. These are:

  • Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science
  • School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science

Students entering the Collaborative Program (at either the master or doctoral level) must complete requirements for the appropriate graduate degree in their home department or school.

Master of Finance, MFin

Graduate McMaster University
Decision Date: June 28, 2012

The goal of the program is to offer students a high-quality course of study that will develop and enhance their understanding of the principles and practice of modem finance. In doing so, it will prepare students to deal with complex concepts and the body of knowledge required of modem finance professionals.

Learning outcomes expected from the program include:

  1. The ability to apply appropriate principles of valuation to financial assets, including derivatives.
  2. The ability to engage in applied research and determine whether firm investment and corporate policies create value.
  3. The knowledge required to evaluate financial risk and devise appropriate risk-management strategies.
  4. The knowledge required to assess risk-return tradeoffs in investment management.
  5. The ability to model financial problems to facilitate decision making.
  6. The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a professional setting.
  7. Ethical behaviour consistent with academic integrity and appropriate professional judgments.

Central to the program is its intention to offer courses that are taught by active researchers, and in areas that are closely related to their research. In doing so, it aspires to foster critical thinking and a passion for learning among its students. The program is linked to the scholarly interests and activity of members of the Finance and Business Economics Area in the Faculty of Business.

Master of Science in Health Science Education, MSc

Graduate McMaster University
Decision Date: January 16, 2012

This master’s program leads to the degree Master of Science in Health Science Education for health science clinical educators (such as physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, midwives and physician assistants), and others who teach in health science education, research and academic clinical care, and who lead in healthcare settings. The program builds on the internationally renowned signature pedagogies in health science education developed and pioneered at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences (Problem-Based Learning, Self-Directed Learning). The program will be highly accessible through a blended delivery format of online and classroom formats, with a thesis option. The program will act as a strategy to enhance collaborative, patient-centred care by engaging learners in inter- and intra-professional practice; shape the future of education in health science professional programs; and foster health professions leadership and succession planning.

Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, BEngBME and Co-op Option

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: May 20, 2016

Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) is a new innovative program that integrates Engineering with the Health Sciences in order to produce graduates with both specialized training and an interdisciplinary breadth across many areas of study.  It will be the only program of this type that represents a true integration of engineering and a world class faculty of health sciences.  Students enter into a common first year that includes foundational engineering courses in math, physics and chemistry, a health sciences course in cellular and molecular biology and a full-year Health Solutions Design Projects course.  This project-based course will deliver engineering principles and apply them towards biomedical design projects.  Beginning in Level II, students pursue one of 2 possible degrees, either a Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (B.Eng.BME) degree or an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons. B.H.Sc.) in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship.

The B.Eng.BME. degree in Engineering and Biomedical Engineering combines the requirements of one of 8 Engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Engineering Physics, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Software) with requirements specific to the IBEHS program.  Over 5 years (including Level I IBEHS), students pursuing a B.Eng.BME degree will take courses common to IBEHS in addition to courses specific to their chosen engineering discipline.  The common IBEHS courses are offered both by engineering and health sciences, with students taking these courses directly alongside students pursuing the Honours B.H.Sc. in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship.  Graduates with a B.Eng.BME degree are prepared for careers in the biomedical technology and health sectors, and may also pursue a career in a more traditional engineering field based on their interests and training. Additionally, they will be well equipped to pursue further studies in graduate research in engineering or health sciences, or pursue a career as a health professional.

Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship, Hons BHSc and Co-op Option

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: May 20, 2016

Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) is a new innovative program that integrates Engineering with the Health Sciences in order to produce graduates with both specialized training and an interdisciplinary breadth across many areas of study.  It will be the only program of this type that represents a true integration of engineering and a world class faculty of health sciences.  Students enter into a common first year that includes foundational engineering courses in math, physics and chemistry, a health sciences course in cellular and molecular biology and a full-year Health Solutions Design Projects course.  This project-based course will deliver engineering principles and apply them towards biomedical design projects.  Beginning in Level II, students pursue one of 2 possible degrees, either a Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (B.Eng.BME) degree or an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons. B.H.Sc.) in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship.

The Honours B.H.Sc. degree in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (HESE) offered within the IBEHS program is an innovative option due to its heavily integrative focus in health, technology and entrepreneurship.  Over 5 years (including Level I IBEHS), students pursuing an Honours B.H.Sc. degree will primarily take courses that are either common to IBEHS (alongside the B.Eng.BME students) or courses specific to HESE that specialize in the creation of value through entrepreneurship within the biomedical and health sectors.  Similar to graduates of the B.Eng.BME degree, graduates are well-prepared for careers in the biomedical technology and health sectors, and could work alongside each other in different roles.  Additionally, they will be well equipped to pursue further studies in graduate research in engineering or health sciences, pursue a career as a health professional, or to create value by drawing on the entrepreneurship competencies to develop new private sector ventures.

Integrated Business and Humanities, BCom (Honours)

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: May 20, 2016

Integrated Business and Humanities (IBH) is an interdisciplinary program that capitalizes on the competencies of McMaster University as a comprehensive higher education institution and a leader in innovative interdisciplinary flagship programs.  Acknowledging the exceptional demands of the business environment where leaders face increasingly complex and multi-dimensional problems that require comprehensive and multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills, the IBH program augments Business education offered by the Faculty of Business with the robust liberal arts education offered at the Faculty of Humanities to create a unique undergraduate program that is focused on training responsible leaders and citizens.    With about two-thirds of the content being offered by the Faculty of Business and the balance by the Faculty of Humanities, IBH students will be exposed to a variety of learning opportunities via coursework and co-curricular activities, with an emphasis on responsible leadership and management tactics for our changing global economy. The program features service learning facilitated by strong ties of McMaster University with the community, strong emphasis on sustainable business practices, and an international field trip on social enterprise.

With skills gained from McMaster’s Faculties of Business and Humanities, graduates of the program will have the freedom to carve their own path. Classes will be smaller, and students will benefit from more individual attention from faculty and staff. There will also be opportunities to represent McMaster University at academic conferences and events across Canada and beyond.

Neuroscience, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: May 20, 2016

The Honours BSc Neuroscience program aims to provide students with a rigorous interdisciplinary science education that will enable them to pursue careers in neuroscience research and related fields.

Neuroscience is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Comprising all research related to neurons and nervous systems, neuroscience spans a vast array of topics, from the biophysical and electrochemical properties of nerve cells to the developmental biology of neural circuit formation to the information processing calculations carried out by the brain. To be able to comprehend past and current developments in neuroscience, and to contribute to future developments, students require a broad foundational skill set in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics, coupled with a strong introduction to the core areas of molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience. The Honours BSc Neuroscience program offers just such a curriculum.

Through lecture, laboratory, and seminar coursework, students will acquire an understanding of fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics that are foundational to neuroscience, and will develop critical knowledge of three major areas of neuroscience: cellular/molecular, systems/circuits, and behavioural/cognitive neuroscience. Students will be introduced to modern tools and methods for attacking neuroscience problems and will apply their knowledge to critically evaluating the neuroscience literature, analyzing and developing scientific hypotheses and arguments, forming considered scientific judgments, and developing creative approaches to tackling important open questions in neuroscience.

Graduates will be ideally suited to pursue advanced degrees in neuroscience and ultimately to become university professors of neuroscience or to work in the neuroscience-related biotechnology sector. Graduates will also be well suited to enter a wide variety of other professions for which a strong interdisciplinary science foundation is advantageous; these include medical and allied health professions, science teaching, science journalism, and science policy, among others.

Human Behaviour, BASc (Honours)

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: August 26, 2015

The Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Behaviour is an integrated program offered collaboratively by McMaster University and Mohawk College. The program allows undergraduate students to complete rigorous training in basic and applied areas of human behaviour, and optionally receive an additional College qualification as part of their integrated four-year Honours program. The program offers three distinct streams, catering to related student interests and identified community and employment opportunities. Students in all three streams complete a common core set of courses, plus additional courses and training depending on their chosen stream.

The Generalist Program offers a combination of breadth and depth of education in human behaviour beyond the common core topics, that gives students substantial flexibility to customize their degree to focus on subspecialty areas of their choice; capstone experiences focus on science literacy and science communication to a broader audience. The Generalist stream is an excellent preparatory degree for a range of other applied certificate/diploma training, and in itself offers a more applied versus research-focused Honours degree.

The Autism & Behavioural Sciences (ABS) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist Programs offer structured specialist programs beyond the common core topics, focusing on child autism and ABS therapy, and early childhood education, respectively. Students will be eligible to receive an Ontario College Graduate Certificate (Autism & Behavioural Science) or an Ontario College Diploma (Early Childhood Education) from Mohawk College, in addition to the Hons. B.A.Sc. degree, at the end of their 4-year program. Both the ABS and ECE Specialist streams offer substantial field placement and experiential education components, and will prepare students well for employment in these areas.

Indigenous Studies, Honours BA/Combined Honours BA

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: January 22, 2015

This program is designed to increase awareness and understanding of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit histories, cultures, philosophies, and governance.  While the primary focus is on issues relevant to a Canadian context, global Indigenous communities are also examined to assess the wider impacts of colonialism.  With that purpose in mind, course topics include: treaties, sovereignty, ecological knowledge, traditional medicines, spirituality, languages, residential schools, Indigenous women, literature, creative arts, and land claims.

The program incorporates a unique approach to research and learning that is grounded in Indigenous epistemologies and combined with Western modes of scholarship.  Students are encouraged to think critically about the history and current status of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond, with the goal to actively engage in creating a more positive future.

Bachelor of Arts in Justice, Political Philosophy and Law, BA (Hon)

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: March 22, 2013

The aims of Bachelor of Arts in Justice, Political Philosophy and Law program are to foster a sophisticated understanding of the law and legal institutions that make up the social world in which we live and of the political and moral theories that address the value and justice of these institutions. To these ends, this program offers the student a broad range of courses on law, policy, global politics, political philosophy and moral theory, feminist jurisprudence, human rights, globalization, international law, and war and peace.

In addition, the interdisciplinary core of this program, structured around the themes of Policy and Law, Political and Moral Philosophy, and Human Rights and Global Justice, ensures a rich and integrated learning experience to complement the program’s primary focus. The students in this program will be well-prepared for further studies or careers in law, philosophy, politics, education, human rights or public policy. More broadly, this program should appeal to any student interested in becoming an informed and engaged Canadian and global citizen.

Bachelor of Professional Communication (Honours), BPC (Hon)

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: January 24, 2013

The Bachelor of Professional Communication (Honours) program distinguishes itself in three ways: objective, design and delivery. Its objective is to equip its graduates with an advanced, critical and scholarly understanding of the theory and practice of professional communication in the fields of public relations, metrics, advertising, journalism and marketing communications. It is designed to confer the practical tools, skills, perspectives and industry contacts in communications needed to succeed in the wider world. The program is delivered as a McMaster University-Mohawk College joint initiative, bringing together the strengths of each institution into a single program and offering a rich, integrated learning experience.

Students who complete all of the requirements of the BPC will graduate with two certifications:

  • Bachelor of Professional Communication (Honours) Degree (McMaster University)
  • Diploma in Digital Communication (Mohawk College)

The program will develop leaders in the practice of professional communication. This joint degree-diploma program will provide students with the skills, knowledge, scholarly insights and engagement with the public interest that will enable them to become ethical, enterprising practitioners whose work is based in theory, evidence and self-examination.

Honours Actuarial and Financial Mathematics, BSc (Hon)

Undergraduate McMaster University
Decision Date: June 28, 2012

The program is designed in accordance with requirements from actuarial accreditation bodies in order to meet the needs of students seeking to pursue actuarial careers, or careers in financial mathematics.  Financial mathematics is an independent but related subfield of mathematics. A co-op version of the same program will also be offered, which will have the same academic requirements, but will provide the opportunity for students to participate in two eight-month work terms during the five years of the program. The Honours Actuarial and Financial Mathematics program is envisioned to be a small, interactive program. The program places an emphasis on the skills required for a career in the actuarial field, while providing students with a strong background in mathematics, and opportunities for those who wish to further pursue graduate studies.