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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Translational Research in the Health Sciences, MHSc

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: August 7, 2014

The Master of Health Science in Translational Research in Health Sciences (MHSc in Translational Research) is a professional master’s degree program intended for highly trained students with a background in the health sciences such as clinical researchers, medical professionals, basic or social scientists who want to learn how to mobilize research discoveries, and medical knowledge into medical, social or policy innovation.  Translational research “involves moving knowledge and discovery gained from the basic sciences to its application in clinical and community settings”–from laboratory bench to patient bedside.  Translational Research requires professionals who have a breadth of knowledge; are able to communicate using a variety of media channels and methodologies; and can apply iterative—repetitious refining processes, through design thinking in multidisciplinary teams across multiple knowledge silos. The two-year, 8-FCE masters degree program is intended to educate professionals who can make connections between research and care; work in interdisciplinary, collaborative teams; and design techniques that move research towards application.

Human Development, Doctoral Level (Collaborative Program)

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: June 16, 2014

The Collaborative Program in Human Development is an integrative transdisciplinary program which will bring together students in 13 doctoral programs with backgrounds in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and life sciences to strive to understand the dynamic relationship and complex interplay between genes and environments in order to develop a holistic picture of early human development. The Collaborative Program is designed to inspire and facilitate collaborative research in early human development; encourage and cultivate in students the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries; and to instil in students both the desire and the necessary skills to translate knowledge of early human development into tangible results for children. The program will enhance graduates’ collaborative and translational skills so that they will be qualified and competitive for careers that extend far beyond traditional academia, including positions in non-government organizations, federal research institutes, and non-academic scientific research centres.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the home department and the program, students will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Human Development” on their transcript.


Engineering Education, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: April 7, 2014

The Collaborative Program in Engineering Education will bring together graduate students from disciplines in engineering and education with shared interests in the research and learning that is at the nexus of education and engineering practice. This collaborative program will support students pursuing Engineering Education research from a number of perspectives, including the knowledge base, learning processes, people in engineering programs, the surrounding socio-cultural context, and the outcomes that result. A new core course will introduce students to engineering learning, knowledge, assessment and culture/community; a new seminar course will explore the theoretical foundations and methods related to engineering education research. The program will yield research findings that may benefit science, technology, engineering and math learning in K-12, university level instruction of engineering, and continued professional training after post-secondary education, and opportunities exist to assess and apply research findings as part of instructional initiatives within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Completion of the program will open up career options in addition to those normally available to graduates from the respective home programs, in academia, human resources and professional development, the non-profit sector linked to public education, administration and curriculum development, policy analysis for advocacy groups, K-12 school boards, and government.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the home department and the program, students will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Engineering Education” on their transcript.

Theological Studies (Conjoint Degree Program offered with the Toronto School of Theology), PhD

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: December 13, 2013

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. in Theological Studies) will be offered conjointly by the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Toronto School of Theology (TST). It is a research doctorate intended for students who wish to engage in academic inquiry pertaining to the critical self-understanding of a faith tradition in relation to its sacred texts, histories, structures of thought, patterns of communal life, professional practice, social location and public involvement. This program will concern itself mainly with the Christian tradition, broadly and ecumenically considered. The substantive purpose of the program is to provide students with the analytical skills, methodological rigour and knowledge base that will enable them to carry out innovative research in theological studies. Graduates will be qualified to teach theological (and related) subjects in universities, liberal arts colleges and theological schools. Secondary purposes include preparing graduates for positions of leadership in ecclesiastical and related organizations, or for academically enhanced ministerial practice.

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

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: April 8, 2013

The Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences will focus on the education and the training of graduate students to develop and carry out musculoskeletal research, with an aim to educate students in how their work fits into the larger community of musculoskeletal research that stretches from bench to bedside to society. The program’s goal is to create leaders in the field of musculoskeletal sciences who will possess the knowledge and capability to bring about transformational change.

This program is of particular interest to graduate students who wish to enhance their interdisciplinary knowledge and advance their careers. Professional contacts throughout the international musculoskeletal research community are enhanced through participation in this program. Graduate students will receive formal recognition of their training in musculoskeletal science on their graduate transcript.

Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering Management, MEngCEM

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: November 22, 2012

The Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (MEngCEM) program is designed to broaden engineering education and cross traditional engineering disciplines to focus on the application domain of cities. It will be structured around three themes:

  • Theme A: infrastructure-related courses that focus on quantitative methods to provide a foundation for evidence-based decision making;
  • Theme B: cities as complex systems that influence decision making; and
  • Theme C: an integrative practicum that allows students to apply the technical knowledge they have learned to a complex problem related to cities.

This program, which can be completed in 16 months on a full-time basis, is envisioned for applicants with work experience in an engineering related field who wish to better equip themselves to lead progressive change in the urban environment. This includes both recent graduates and mid-career managers who wish to participate in higher-level strategic planning within their organizations. Over the next decades, the need for cities to effectively manage their infrastructure will become increasingly important as the impacts of population growth, increased urbanization and climate change are fully realized. City and government agencies, consulting companies and industry have identified a strong need for a program of this type especially since, in the Toronto area, the demand for infrastructure expertise is not being met through the supply of engineering graduates, and several have agreed to participate through practicum placements.

Public Health Policy, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: July 16, 2012

The Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy will contribute to the creation of the next generation of public health policy research leaders by teaching students to be creative agents for change, and better able to address the health issues and challenges of today and tomorrow. Graduate students will be provided with real world skills to address the complex and demanding task of public health policy by fostering insight into a wide array of legislative and regulatory interventions, administrative practices, financing and funding decisions, and various forms of soft law that operate at the international, federal, provincial and municipal levels. The program will give students the capacity to engage in current events and contribute to the development, refinement and evaluation of policies to address society’s pressing and emerging public health priorities. It will be cross-disciplinary, bringing together a broad range of disciplines, substantive foci, and theoretical and methodological underpinnings, to synergistically build an engaged community of practice of students and faculty focused on public health policy.

Cinema Studies, PhD

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: November 25, 2011

Through an emphasis on history and theory, texts and practices, the doctoral program in Cinema Studies will address the protean nature of cinema.  Key transformative forces — aesthetic, social, industrial and technological — have defined cinema’s past and continue to shape its present and its future.  Now more than ever, academic investigation of the multi-faceted phenomenon of moving image media is required to put these forces into historical context, to define their theoretical implications and to chart their socio-cultural ramifications.

Master of Science in Sustainability Management, MScSM

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: November 25, 2011

The new Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) proposes to educate students about managing businesses and organizations in a way that balances environmental, economic and social needs. This program will be a 20-month (five-session), full-time Master of Science program. The objectives of the program are to provide all students  with a solid foundation in environmental science and management proficiencies, allowing them to bridge their previous education with the multidisciplinary requirements of the program. The MScSM will complement existing graduate programs in Management and Environment at the University of Toronto and will build on strengths in environment, management, accounting and economics at UTM. The program responds to a substantial growth in interest in sustainability, socially responsible business practices and employment in so-called “green jobs.”

The program will have two concentrations: one concentration will be in Management, and the other will be in Science. Students will self-select into one of the concentrations based on their preferences.

Women and Gender Studies, PhD

Graduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: September 29, 2011

The Women and Gender Studies program offers a particular focus on feminist colonial, post-colonial, diasporic and transnational studies.  The program supports diverse and multidisciplinary graduate research querying gendered, raced, sexed and queered subjects as they are entangled in political economies and cultural formations.  In particular, the University of Toronto’s Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) has distinctive strengths in the following four areas: 1) gender, sexuality and queer studies; 2) feminist cultural studies; 3) feminist studies of technology, science, environment and biomedicine; and 4) transnational political economy and critical development studies. Our core faculty brings transnational feminist commitments to the study of diverse sites and their interconnection with particular focus on Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia, and the United States.

The objective of this PhD program is to prepare gender and feminist analysts who can systematically bring together scholarship across disciplines to address ongoing and emergent concerns in innovative and boundary-breaking ways. This is achieved through a combination of coursework and research training leading to a doctoral dissertation embodying original research.

Major in Creative Writing, HBA

Undergraduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: March 20, 2020

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Specialist in Data Science, Honours BSc

Undergraduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: April 20, 2018

The Specialist in Data Science (B.Sc.) responds to the demand for graduates with the capacity to curate and analyse data, as well as, to think critically about the uses and abuses of big data.  It was developed through the collaboration between of the Departments of Computer Science and Statistical Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science.  Students will acquire advanced expertise in statistical reasoning, methods, and inference and receive training in computer science and machine learning. Students will also engage in the application of computer science and statistics to produce analyses of complex, large-scale datasets, and learn to communicate the results of these analyses. Admission will be indirect and limited.  Students will complete 13.0-13.5 FCEs, including courses offered by the Departments of Computer Science and Statistical Sciences, and three new integrative courses in Data Science, which will include a capstone project.  Graduates of this program will be in a position to obtain employment in industry and government, where there is extraordinary demand for data scientists. They may also pursue graduate studies in computer science, statistics, or related fields.

Environmental Studies, BA

Undergraduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: July 27, 2012

The program is designed as a contemporary rendering of the study of environmental problems. A key feature of the proposed program is the classification of the courses offered into Foundation & Skills and Capstone & Applications. The former group aims to build the foundation of the prospective students on different topics related to socioeconomics and environmental science, while the latter group consists of courses that integrate insights from different disciplines and nurture an interdisciplinary way of thinking. These courses also include many opportunities for experiential learning through problem-solving case studies, team-based projects and individual research. Special emphasis is placed on the capacity of the program to successfully build the requisite interdisciplinary, problem-solving skill sets needed when tackling environmental management issues. The program effectively balances between the need for a strong foundation on the basic principles characterizing a typical program in Environmental Studies and the importance of building bridges among the various disciplines involved.

Specialist (Co-op) in Management and International Business, BBA

Undergraduate University of Toronto
Decision Date: October 27, 2011

This new program is to be offered by the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The program has been designed to continue to offer a highly quantitative yet all-encompassing business degree, but one that will focus on business in a highly international context and allow students to learn and apply management skills and theory through significant study and work abroad components. To remain competitive and relevant, the program will evolve as the marketplace shifts, ensuring that its graduates enter the workforce prepared for the unique challenges inherent to an increasingly global economy.