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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Management, GDip (Type 1)

Graduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: June 8, 2015

The Graduate Diploma (Type 1) in Management is awarded to students who were registered in the Management Research field of the MA Management program  and who decided not to complete the required major research paper.  The Program provides an enriching, professionally-relevant, and flexible academic experience by including students as part of a collaborative culture that emphasises evidence based management.  Students will be equipped with the necessary skills to support managerial decision making with evidence-based reasoning. The program will: provide students with an opportunity to continue in higher education as well as work on substantive research projects; enhance the research training essential for advanced study and for supporting managerial decision making; prepare students for careers in management that require evidence based decision making; foster collaboration between academia and industry and within academia, across the spectrum of potential studies in management analysis.

Bioinformatics, PhD

Graduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: May 14, 2014

The PhD program in Bioinformatics will be the only one of its kind offered in Ontario. This interdisciplinary program involves graduate faculty members from four different colleges (College of Biological Science, College of Physical and Engineering Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College) to provide graduates with advanced education, knowledge, and technical expertise in the broad area of bioinformatics, and more specifically in the emerging fields of statistics, computational biology and genomics and its allied fields: transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics together with strong established disciplines of computational statistics, genetics and computer science. This program will thus help address the acute shortage of highly qualified researchers who have been trained to develop computational and statistical tools for the analysis of the increasingly diverse types of emerging omics data.

Tourism and Hospitality, MSc

Graduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: July 27, 2012

The two-year, thesis-based master’s degree is a new research program that will provide a range of adaptable and transferable skills, and equip students with a broad knowledge of the theory and practice of tourism and hospitality research, preparing them for research and/or administrative careers in the public and private sectors. It also represents a potential stepping-stone to the PhD in Management. Each course in the program will involve a research component and be evaluated in part through an assignment that fosters research and scholarship. These assignments will vary in emphasis but, collectively, will encompass all facets of tourism research, including theoretical concept assessment, conceptual model development, methodology selection, research design, data analysis, and presentation of results.

Tourism Research, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: July 16, 2012

This is a one-year, direct-entry graduate diploma program that meets the needs of students who want to extend their knowledge of tourism research beyond the level of their undergraduate degree, but do not want to undertake a thesis-based degree. The objective of the program is to develop a solid academic background and underpinning in the field of tourism, its sustainability as an industry and that of its destinations.

Tourism Studies, GDip (Type 1)

Graduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: July 16, 2012

A Type 1 Graduate Diploma in Tourism Studies may be awarded to a master’s candidate who completes a minimum of 2.5 credits of taught courses in the MSc program in Tourism and Hospitality, but withdraws from the program without completing the full program requirements.

Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health and Wellness, BCAHW

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: September 29, 2023

The Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health and Wellness is a four-year Honours program designed to prepare a generation of highly- skilled creative arts graduates, equipping them with the skills to engage with the complex fields of health and well-being as they intersect with artistic practices, self- expression, and creative autonomy. In the interest of also training students in inclusive, anti-colonial, and anti-racist practices, the program emphasizes anti-oppressive approaches found within the fields of creative and expressive arts activism, health, wellness, and therapy. Students in the program combine the rigorous training of an artistic discipline—by selecting a major in Studio Art, Theatre Studies, or Music—with studies in psychology and a suite of core courses in health and wellness where these areas connect to and are enriched by the creative arts.

Bachelor of One Health, BOH and Co-op

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: August 20, 2021

The Bachelor of One Health offers students the opportunity to explore animal, environmental, and human health from both the scientific and socio-cultural perspective. One Health is an approach to research and problem-solving that brings together different knowledge systems and perspectives to find solutions that ensure people, animals, and our environment stay healthy. One Health is both an approach and an outcome. It embodies an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to understanding, managing, and mitigating health challenges at a local and global scale. While founded on three pillars – human health, animals and plant health, and environmental health – the premise of the program is that health in any one pillar cannot be viewed in isolation. Students explore the product of synergistic and antagonistic interactions of a socio-cultural and biological nature among the pillars. Students in the Bachelor or One Health are required to complete one of four Areas of Emphasis. Students may select a co-op option or regular program and experiential learning is embedded throughout as an integral part of the program.

Creative Writing, BA Honours

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: August 20, 2021

The Creative Writing major prepares students to become socially aware professional writers and creative professionals. Towards that end, the creative writing program provides students with the opportunity to engage with issues of environmental awareness and social justice through creative practice. Students also gain a depth and breadth of understanding of literature, enabling them to analyze and evaluate how their creative practice engages, revises, or contests literary traditions, genres, and forms. The purpose of combining literary studies and creative practice is to produce a unique form of aesthetic maturity. In their course of study, majors explore three writing genres, gain expertise in two, and create a polished creative portfolio in one while minors gain skill in two writing genres. By the end of the program, students will be able to create original, compelling creative work by achieving breadth and understanding of the techniques of creative craft and form across two genres.

Sexualities, Genders, and Social Change, BA Honours

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: August 20, 2021

The major in Sexualities, Genders, and Social Change considers the breadth and depth of scholarly inquiry relating to human identity, embodiment, and self-expression. This program explores theories drawn from the fields of feminism, postcolonial and decolonial studies, transnationalism, LGBTQ+, queer and sexuality studies, critical race, queer of colour, and critical whiteness studies, indigenous studies, masculinities, and (dis)abilities among many others. Students engage with subject matter and methods from across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business, gaining the skills and knowledges necessary to serve as twenty-first century leaders in driving meaningful social change. Experiential learning opportunities are embedded throughout the program and students participate in a capstone community-engaged project.

Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice, BIESP

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: December 18, 2020

The Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice (BIESP) program examines environmental science through a lens of Indigenous knowledge systems, methodologies, priorities, and values. The degree seeks to actualize reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples of Canada and promote sustainable relationships with the environment. Indigenous and non-Indigenous graduates of the program will be equipped to support the environmental science needs and goals of Indigenous communities and partners. This degree explicitly recognizes the inherent validity and value of Indigenous ways of knowing and being and seeks to effectively and consensually engage and apply Indigenous methodologies, values and knowledge to the challenge of sustainable and ethical environmental science and practice. The IESP program will enable students to develop a foundational knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of environmental science, technology, management, land-use and policy development practices grounded in Indigenous pedagogy.

Culture and Technology Studies, BA (Honours)

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: August 21, 2020

The Culture and Technology Studies major offers students a flexible program of study with which to explore the role of culture and creativity in an increasingly technological world, using technologies themselves as part of the process. It emerges from the insight that technology is inextricably linked to human experience, culture, and society. Students in Culture and Technology Studies will tackle the complex relationships among power, digital knowledge, digital cultures, the representation of data, and the ethical questions surrounding the development, deployment, and accessibility of technological objects and processes. Culture and Technology Studies builds an understanding of the digital mediation of cultural processes and the role humans play in technological work. Students learn digital methods for intervening in the contemporary world as versatile creators, curators, communicators, and citizens. Experiential learning opportunities, including working with community partners, are embedded as an integral part of the program. Students may select one of three optional Areas of Emphasis.

Justice and Legal Studies, BA (Hon)

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: August 21, 2020

The Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Legal Studies provides students with a clear understanding of law and judicial processes in Canada and a global context. The program allows students to critically evaluate, using various and interdisciplinary conceptions of justice, the relationship between legal institutions, society, politics, and governance. The core of the Justice and Legal Studies Major draws on work in law and politics, socio-legal studies, political science and other disciplinary traditions to provide students with a practical understanding of the operation of law and legal institutions in both a local and global context. It also encourages students to evaluate how law and legal institutions impact, shape, and are shaped by actors and power dynamics in government and society. Students select an Area of Emphasis to study law, justice and legal institutions in various interdisciplinary contexts. Students may select a co-op option or regular program.

Sport and Event Management, BComm

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: August 23, 2019

The Sport and Event Management major provides students with advanced knowledge, from the business value of sport and events to their contribution to community and society, and seeks to inspire and engage students to become innovative leaders in this dynamic sector of our economy. Building on a strong foundation of commerce courses in marketing, accounting, economics, human resource management and strategy, students in Sport and Event Management will develop depth of knowledge in key aspects of sport, including sponsorship, media, event hosting, stakeholder engagement and organizational leadership.  Students may select a co-op option or regular program and experiential learning is embedded throughout as an integral part of the program, balancing theory with practice.   On completion of the program, students have the analytical and communication skills and experience required for a career with government organizations, commercial clubs, professional teams or sport businesses, in Canada and internationally. Graduates are prepared for positions in sport promotion and marketing, facility and event management, sport media and communication, and sport policy development.

Food Industry Management, BBRM (Honours) and Co-op Option

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: November 24, 2017

The Food Industry Management major is a joint venture by two departments (Food Science and Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics) in the Ontario Agricultural College, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the program, which encompasses the science of food safety, quality control, processing and innovation and the management of food businesses, including operations and marketing. In order to address current and future provincial and global needs of the agricultural food industry for technically and scientifically-informed, highly competent managers, the program provides students with a solid foundation in basic science, applied food science, business and management practice, as well as supply chain and operations management. The program offers a mix of theoretical, experiential and applied study and both co-op and non-co-op format and affords students the opportunity to tailor courses to their career goals and interests.

Neuroscience, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate University of Guelph
Decision Date: January 27, 2017

The brain remains the most poorly understood organ in the human body and the source of many challenging disorders and diseases affecting health.  The BSc Honours in Neuroscience provides a foundation in the natural sciences and an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of nervous system structure and function, and the skills required for independent inquiry within neuroscience. The specialization is unique in its emphasis on integrative/interdisciplinary problem solving. Through the use of electives, students may structure a program that emphasizes molecular and biomedical neuroscience, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, or comparative neuroscience.

The major prepares students for  graduate research and professional programs in health science (medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, nursing), post-graduate work in neuroscience, and provides a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health, teaching, and scientific publishing & journalism.