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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Law, PhD

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: July 27, 2012

The PhD program in Law has the following objectives:

  • to advance legal research and scholarship, including traditional doctrinal approaches and integrating interdisciplinary perspectives into legal research;
  • to foster the development of a critical, self‐reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship, as well as the acquisition of transferable skills;
  • to engage students with a range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within legal research;
  • o familiarize students with the epistemological and philosophical underpinnings of research methodologies, the politics and ethics of research and the principles of research design, and to enable students to evaluate and apply a range of methodologies to research questions in law; and
  • to further the preparation of legal academics who choose to complete formal degrees beyond the requisite LLM degree (which traditionally prepares legal academics for university teaching) and, in this way, to contribute to the further development of education in law and professional education for the practice of law as well as the further development of graduate education in law.

Students in the program will develop a critical understanding of law as a category of analysis in scholarly enquiry, which may include social dynamics, policy expression and belief systems, and will investigate the ways in which law intersects with other disciplines.

Clinical Medical Biophysics, MSc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 28, 2012

This professional, course-based master’s program is aimed at graduate students interested in Clinical Physics careers in a healthcare environment. Clinical Physics training includes PhD graduate training, followed by a two-year Residency. This new master’s program will be offered in combination with the PhD program in Medical Biophysics. When completed in combination with the PhD, both the Clinical Medical Biophysics (MSc) degree and the Medical Biophysics (PhD) degree will be awarded. In combination, the Clinical Medical Biophysics (MSc) program and the Medical Biophysics (PhD) program will be completed in five years; the Clinical Medical Biophysics (MSc) course requirements will be distributed across the five years to allow students to complete the courses while concurrently conducting their doctoral research.

Community Music Leadership, GDip (Type 3)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: June 11, 2012

The graduate (master’s level) diploma program can be undertaken as a full‐time, one‐year graduate program of study or on a part‐time basis. The focus of this program is:

  • to advance scholarship in Community Music;
  • to increase understanding about informal and formal learning practices in music, and the learning theories that address each practice;
  • to increase understanding about music as it is practiced outside of formal schooling, settings for which music educators are typically educated to teach; and
  • to educate musicians and music educators about engaging community musicians, learning with them about music outside the Western European Art form, music that is a large part of the tradition as found in Faculties of Music.

By the end of this program, graduates will demonstrate a deep and systematic knowledge in planning, administering, teaching, facilitating, enabling and leading a variety of musical ensembles in settings outside formal education. They will demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in the field of Community Music informed by research at the forefront of the field and be equipped to conduct research informed by a conceptual and methodological competence in scholarly enquiry in the discipline.

Master of Financial Economics, MFE

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: May 30, 2012

The Master of Financial Economics is a course-based professional master’s program delivered over four terms. The program will provide graduates with the quantitative and analytical skills required to pursue careers in the financial industry, in both private and public sector institutions. The roles for program graduates in these institutions would be wide-ranging, and include roles in the investment management division of pension funds, researchers in financial services institutions dealing with risk management and the pricing of complex securities, as well as tactical asset management.

Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Master's and Doctoral Levels (Collaborative Program)

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: May 22, 2012

The objective of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction is to provide students with interdisciplinary instruction in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Students will explore aspects of societal and state transition relating to development, democracy, the environment, the economy, human rights, politics, peace agreements and justice before, at the time of and post-transition. The purpose of the program will be to familiarize students with the emerging debates surrounding transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction, and to allow for real-world application of theoretical constructs and explanations.

The Collaborative Graduate Program will augment the training received in the student’s home department by providing specialized training in scholarship related to Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: peace building, justice after atrocity and social rebuilding. The program will be open to master’s students and doctoral students from History, Political Science, Sociology, English, French, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Law, and Theology.

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

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: April 11, 2012

The Collaborative Graduate Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research will provide transdisciplinary research training. Discovery research will continue to provide a foundation for advancing knowledge, but a collaborative, transdisciplinary research paradigm will accelerate the translation of new knowledge into improvements in disease prevention, advances in health care, more effective public policies and opportunities for commercialization.

The program will develop scientists with the research and leadership skills necessary to build transdisciplinary research teams focusing on integrated therapeutic, surgical and rehabilitative approaches for the management of bone and joint diseases. Specifically, the objectives are:

  • to enhance the number of trainees involved in transdisciplinary musculoskeletal health research,
  • to support the career advancement of trainees, and
  • to foster the development of future leaders in Canadian healthcare, science and technology.

Pathology Assistant, MCISc

Graduate Western University
Decision Date: February 28, 2012

The Pathology Assistant (PA) master’s program leads to a clinical master’s degree (MClSc). The program is course and practicum based, with the first year focusing on course-work and the second year focusing on intensive professional training in a series of clinical rotations. The PA graduate program will provide an outstanding education within a research and clinical intensive environment, where tomorrow’s Pathology Assistants will learn to be academically excellent and socially responsible. The program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and graduates of the program will be eligible to write the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) examination for certification as Pathologists’ Assistants.

Major in Human Rights Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: February 21, 2020

The Major in Human Rights Studies at King’s University College is dedicated to the interrogation of intersections between culture, conflict, citizenship and rights within a global framework. This program is designed to place the study of culture, conflict and the history of human rights within the broader, co-disciplinary context of an evolving global citizenship. Through a collaborative disciplinary approach, the program challenges students to explore the myriad nature of human rights and citizenship through various disciplinary and theoretical perspectives which are grounded in the Liberal Arts and King’s tradition of Catholic Higher Education. These are: historical-political, philosophical-ethical and literary-cultural.

The critical study of Human Rights offers students the opportunity to investigate the functioning of relevant institutions so as to participate in, or challenge this order. The module facilitates their exploration of Human Rights, and the violations of those rights, through various Social Science and Humanities lenses. They will be better informed and better able to make connections between the historical development of Human Rights, their political and legal frameworks, their dissemination and critique through cultural production and gendered contexts, their philosophical and ethical groundings, their religious manifestations and their practical applications. The curriculum requires students to engage in the debates that currently occupy Human Rights scholars and practitioners: on the origins of Human Rights, the extent to which these rights are universal or culturally relative, the efficacy of the global Human Rights framework, and the fragility of Human Rights as an ideal. These students will apply their skills and knowledge as they enter careers in the Law, in Policing, in Education and Health Care, and Governance and Policy Development. Their heightened consciousness of the fragility of Human Rights-of their importance as well as their limitations-especially in reference to vulnerable populations, will be applicable to a wide spectrum of possible career choices.

Major in Global Great Books, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: January 24, 2020

The Global Great Books program is a four-year interdisciplinary program in which students read significant and influential texts from around the world seeking to understand the questions that animate human life. Students take an introductory course in the first year, and enter the program in their second year taking two Global Great Books courses in each of years two, three and four alongside a variety of electives. The module is designed to introduce students to the world’s cultures, investigate questions and ideas both old and new, and gain the skills to effectively analyze on-going problems and contemporary crises from a variety of perspectives. Students learn to read critically, write both logically and persuasively, synthesize diverse materials, and become globally aware.

Major in Japanese Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: January 24, 2020

Japanese Studies offers a four-year Major focusing on developing both linguistic and cultural competencies: students complete their degree with a well-rounded understanding of Japanese society as well as strong Japanese language skills.  Successful students will have taken four years of Japanese language instruction, reaching the Advanced level of the Oral Proficiency Guidelines provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign languages and the B2 level of competence in Japanese as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Graduates will, in other words, be able to interact in Japanese in both everyday situations and professional contexts.  Successful students, moreover, will have acquired in depth knowledge of Japanese customs, history, religions and contemporary society, as well as the analytical, critical-thinking, and English-writing skills required in senior seminars.

Honours Specialization in Synthetic Biology, BSc

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: August 23, 2019

The undergraduate program in Synthetic Biology will be jointly offered by Western University’s Faculty of Science and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.  The objective of the program is to provide students with a strong foundation in the discipline of synthetic biology and prepare them to enter either academia or industry. Synthetic biology is ultimately concerned with the creation of novel biological systems for use in medical, industrial and environmental applications.  Courses in both theoretical and practical application of synthetic biology principles provide graduates with the tools to solve problems in the biological sciences, and beyond, using synthetic biology approaches.

The program builds upon the same comprehensive biology core program as other BSc and BMSc modules offered through the Faculty of Science and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and contains two required third-year lab courses to give students basic training in Genetic, Biochemical and Bioinformatics techniques. As specific preparation for entering industry, the program requires an introduction to business and project management.  In addition, the new Synthetic Biology specific courses, Biochemistry 3392F/G and Biology 4998E, provide skills for developing proposals for innovative synthetic biology solutions to current biological problems, including pitching ideas to a variety of audiences, and executing them in a team-based laboratory environment.

Biomedical Engineering, BME

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: April 20, 2018

The program in Biomedical Engineering will be offered by Western’s new School of Biomedical Engineering in partnership with Western’s Faculties of Health Sciences and Science and Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.  The objective of the program is to educate students in design and analysis of medical devices and in the application of principles of engineering science to solve problems in medicine and the biomedical sciences.

The program will provide students with a strong foundation of engineering and biomedical science fundamentals by combining biomedical engineering with the student’s choice of chemical, electrical, mechanical, or mechatronic systems engineering.  The biomedical engineering courses at the core of the program will bridge fundamental engineering subjects to upper-year electives and research opportunities by providing additional breadth and depth in applications of engineering science to medicine.  These courses will be suitable for students with backgrounds in a variety of engineering disciplines and will emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering.  The program will culminate with an intensive research experience during the final year that will provide students with practical experience in biomaterials, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, or medical mechatronics.

Integrated Science, BSc (Honours)

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: April 22, 2016

The four-year honors program in Integrated Science will combine the focused coursework of a traditional science honors degree with a unique set of courses in Integrated Science. Through novel classroom and laboratory experiences, students in the Integrated Science program will refine their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while at the same time strengthening teamwork, leadership abilities and community engagement.

Besides courses in Integrated Science, students in the program will specialize in a defined discipline (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics). This will provide graduates with the necessary focused education to further develop the expertise valued by both industry and academia. Since many of today’s most pressing scientific problems are interdisciplinary (e.g. climate change), graduates of Western’s Integrated Science program will have a unique skill set allowing them to work more effectively on problems that span a number of science disciplines.

Major in Disability Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: March 24, 2016

The interdisciplinary Major in Disability Studies creates spaces for rethinking the dominance of traditional, individualized and medicalized models of disability by identifying the systemic barriers to full participation in society experienced by disabled people. It examines the historical and cultural roots of today’s categories of thought, and offers innovative theories, cases and best practices for moving towards a more inclusive society. The program combines rigorous academic foundations with an inquiry-based learning approach that values the contributions of people with disabilities themselves, and acknowledges the breadth and complexity of the large and diverse field being studied (over 15% of the population has some form of disability, including intellectual, developmental, learning, physical, sensory, and mental health).

The curriculum aims to: (1) foster strong analytical, research, writing and verbal expression skills grounded in social science and humanities approaches; (2) provide students with a thorough grounding in specific DS topics and issues; and (3) enhance students’ ability to be effective, ethical, and creative actors in educational, civic and private organizations, who can change the structural conditions that disable people. The degree meets a growing local, national and international need for professionals capable of addressing disability-related social challenges, such as aging population, war- and sports-related physical impairment, and increasing rates of diagnosis for learning disability and mental health.

Honors Specialization and Specialization in Nonprofit Management, BMOS

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: March 19, 2015

The Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS), Nonprofit Management Program is a four year interdisciplinary program that combines courses in General Management, Nonprofit Management, Community Development and Leadership in order to prepare students to make a difference in society, lead organizations, and make recommendations for positive change. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in community organizations in social services, arts and other nonprofit settings.

The program will enable students to develop leadership capabilities and management skills through experiences both in and outside of the classroom.  Inside the classroom students will be exposed to various pedagogies including case studies, simulations, exercises, field studies, live problems, and lectures to facilitate the application of knowledge, development of arguments and alternatives and ultimately proposed solutions reflecting sound judgement.   Outside of the classroom students will have the opportunity to participate in two practicums where they will work directly with staff and leaders in community, nonprofit and other organizations.  In addition, students will have the option to apply to the Management and Organizational Studies paid Internship Program.

Theatre Studies, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: December 18, 2014

This program provides students with a deep insight into the practice and reception of theatre studies. It begins with a foundational year, i.e., the first year of the module, that enables students to analyze the forms and meanings of performance in national and international contexts. In subsequent years, students tailor their learning to achieve their own intellectual and career goals. Courses include topics in audience reception, performance archives, arts journalism and the playwright’s art.  The degree emphasizes hands-on learning and its capstone is Destination Theatre, with students immersing themselves in theatre cultures outside of London to experience live performance, theatrical spaces, and cultures of reception.

Honours Specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, BMSc

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: August 7, 2013

The Honours Specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics program in the Bachelor of Medical Science program is intended to provide a unique alternative to other Honours Specializations, particularly for students who are interested in health economics, health systems policy, and health technology assessment.

Major in Arts and Humanities, BA

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: September 21, 2012

The Major in Arts and Humanities forms the core of the new School for Advanced Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The School will provide a research-intensive, interdisciplinary academic experience for a select group of high achieving students. This program  will focus on writing, research skills and methodologies in Arts and Humanities, culminating in a thematic, integrated fourth-year seminar.

Chemical Engineering (International Collaboration with Zhejiang University), BESc

Undergraduate Western University
Decision Date: April 13, 2012

The new Bachelor of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering (International Collaboration) is a dual-degree program to be offered collaboratively by Western University and Zhejiang University. Designed as a “2 + 2” program, students will take their first two years of the program at Zhejiang University before transferring to Western University for Years 3 and 4. The two universities have collaborated on the curriculum of Years 1 and 2, and two additional bridging courses will ensure that students from Zhejiang University are prepared for the final two years of the program at Western University. Courses in Years 3 and 4 of the program are the same as Western’s current Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering).

Similar to Western’s existing chemical engineering program, the “2+2” program will focus on the depth of core courses such that students are able to formulate  chemical engineering  problems  encountered  in  real life  using  first principles. However, in today’s ever-diversified applications of chemical engineering ranging from traditional petrochemical industries to those recently emerged (such as biomedical and nanotechnology), depth of knowledge should be complemented with a breadth that enables graduates to apply these principles into other related problems. The program thus will equip graduates with critical thinking and broad understanding in translational problem-solving skills.