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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Green Energy, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: June 11, 2012

The Graduate Diploma (Type 2) in Green Energy enhances students’ knowledge in this rapidly growing area, both for research and for applications. Master’s students deepen their knowledge of the underlying science for green energy, how to formulate strategies embodying this knowledge and manage their implementation as part of a team, and communicate effectively regarding the solution proposed. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a research project involving green energy.

Computer Networking and Security, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: May 14, 2012

The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade, and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a postgraduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline. As a result the optional certificates are being offered in four areas: Computer Networking Security; Software Engineering, Sustainable Energy and Management Sciences.

Students completing Graduate Diploma program in Computer Networking Security are expected to:

  • gain exposure to the fundamental, advanced, and  practical aspects of computer networks, security and distributed computing systems;
  • acquire advanced knowledge in the field of local and wide area networks — both wired and wireless;
  • become skilled in designing network based systems for parallel and distributed processing; and
  • gain expertise in the security aspects of communication and distributed system applications.

Management Sciences, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: May 14, 2012

The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a postgraduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline. As a result the optional certificates are being offered in four areas: Management Sciences, Computer Networking Security, Software Engineering and Sustainable Energy.

Students completing the Graduate Diploma program in Management Sciences are expected to:

  • achieve a broad perspective on technology management concepts to augment the technical knowledge gained from the courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering; and
  • develop knowledge and skill in production and inventory management and economic concepts in management, organizational behavior, and senior management principles.

Software Engineering, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: May 14, 2012

The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a postgraduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline and, as a result, is offering optional certificates in these areas: Software Engineering, Computer Networking Security, Sustainable Energy, and Management Sciences.

Students completing the Graduate Diploma program in Software Engineering are expected to:

  • gain deep understanding of the concepts, techniques and methods of modern, effective software development;
  • become knowledgeable in software specifications, design and testing; and
  • gain training and expertise in to data structures and algorithms, networking lower and upper layers, database systems, knowledge modeling, computational intelligence, component-based software engineering, reengineering and network security.

Sustainable Energy, GDip (Type 2)

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: May 14, 2012

The University of Waterloo’s MEng program in Electrical and Computer Engineering was created with the purpose of offering a course-based postgraduate degree to further educate, upgrade, and update the engineering workforce by providing a steady pool of engineers trained at a post-graduate level in advanced fields. To strengthen this vision further, the department has also identified four key areas of advanced training in the discipline and, as a result, is offering optional certificates in these areas: Sustainable Energy, Computer Networking Security, Management Sciences, and Software Engineering.

Students completing the Graduate Diploma program in Sustainable Energy are expected to:

  • gain exposure to different aspects of sustainable energy sources including the theory, operation and analysis of wind turbines, fuel cells and solar cells; and
  • develop skill and knowledge in interfacing these energy sources with the electric utility grid and their effects on electricity market pricing.

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, MPACS

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: January 16, 2012

MPACS educates, trains, and empowers students to enter roles as agents of peaceful change at community, institutional, and systemic levels.  It is an interdisciplinary program, integrating scholarship with practical application. The principles undergirding this program are that conflict is an inescapable part of the human experience as well as a potential vehicle for positive change, and that conflict is best transformed through collaborative and imaginative solutions, not by force or violence. This dynamic master’s program explores current scholarship and examines best practices to imagine, test, and apply sustainable and creative solutions to conflict locally, nationally and internationally.

Master of Social Work, MSW

Graduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: January 16, 2012

The Renison University College School of Social Work’s MSW Program will prepare students for advanced social work practice in a range of settings related to health, including public health and health promotion programs, primary care and long-term care, hospitals, health-related governmental agencies, community-based health services, and health advocacy groups. Practising in this field involves working with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations on issues such as health promotion and disease prevention, health promotion in the workplace, health education, treatment and rehabilitation, building community partners and social support, and/or health reform promotion. The program and its courses will assume a holistic view of health that incorporates the political, environmental, psychosocial, biological, and spiritual determinants of health in social work practice.

Architectural Engineering, BASc

Undergraduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: February 16, 2018

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Waterloo in collaboration with its School of Architecture will offer a  new BASc in Architectural Engineering to meet the large current and future demand for engineers technically-skilled in the whole scope of building design, construction, assessment, repair, and refurbishment. Graduates from this program will have the enhanced design, communication, and collaboration skills alongside the strong analytical skills that engineering students at UW currently acquire.

This one-of-a-kind CEAB-approved co-operative program has “Design from Day One” as its mantra. A common Architectural Engineering class held in a studio setting will underpin each term and will help knit together topics such as design, aesthetics, culture, environment, and professionalism in the context of engineered buildings.  A studio learning experience, common in design-centric programs such as Architecture and Industrial Design, allows for enhanced peer-learning, better collaborative work, inspiration from surroundings, rapid modelling and prototyping, while encouraging hands-on investigations and exploration.

This program has the potential to profoundly impact the building industry, by producing graduates with broad, yet technically deep, skills capable of responding to the unique and emerging challenges currently confronting the building industry.

Biomedical Engineering, BASc

Undergraduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: November 14, 2013

The Biomedical Engineering program is unique in Canada due to its strong focus on the modeling and design of biomedical systems that will be used to develop new technologies and engineering solutions to health-related problems. The curriculum of this co-operative program will emphasize design and interdisciplinarity, and will incorporate biomedical content starting in the first year of enrollment and culminating in a fourth year biomedical design project course. The curriculum is geared towards three theme areas of bio-signals and imaging, bio-mechanics and sports engineering, and bio-devices.

The program’s objective is to graduate engineers with the technical skills required to model complex biomedical systems, interpret biomedical experimental results, and design and develop innovative technologies in close collaboration with the medical community. Graduates will be ideally suited to contribute directly to the Canadian biomedical and health economy, but with a solid, well-rounded education that will allow for a wide range of career possibilities.

Honours Bachelor of Health Promotion, BHP

Undergraduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: October 25, 2012

This program will be geared towards students with an interest in health promotion who do not have an extensive background in natural sciences. It has been designed to ensure that students are engaged in experiential learning and enhance their connections to the community. Students will have the option of enrolling in either the co-op stream or the regular stream.

The program will advance learning, knowledge, practice and capacity in health promotion. Graduates will demonstrate:

  • an understanding that health is determined by an array of biological, social, economic, political, geographic, cultural and developmental determinants;
  • an understanding of major theoretical historical and emerging developments, and controversies in health promotion;
  • basic competencies in advocacy, human engagement, mediation, community development and mobilization;
  • a basic understanding of the health care system and how it might be reformed to better promote health;
  • a basic understanding of what policy is, how it is developed, and how it influences health;
  • an ability to engage and communicate with an array of stakeholders including individual citizens, health care professionals, health organizations, and private and public sector leaders;
  • a basic understanding of global health challenges and how health promotion solutions must be adapted to context and culture;
  • the ability to participate fully in the mutually interactive process of knowledge exchange, including an ability to retrieve, interpret and use research as the foundation for action; and
  • a basic understanding of general systems thinking and theories.