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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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.

Climate and Environmental Change, BSc

Undergraduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: August 20, 2021

Responding to climate change requires the help of professionals who understand its impact on resource availability/scarcity (e.g. water, food), and who can respond to environmental degradation (e.g. flooding, wildfires, biodiversity loss, ecosystem change), mass human migration, and the need to develop sustainable energy solutions. Professionals are needed who can find solutions to problems that lie at the interface of natural and human environmental systems. The BSc in Climate and Environmental Change will equip students with a scientific understanding of the challenges facing our planet’s environment and will enable them to be capable of finding and deploying technical and management strategies to respond to these challenges.

Sustainability and Financial Management, BSFM

Undergraduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: August 20, 2021

The Bachelor of Sustainability and Financial Management (BSFM) is offered jointly by the School of Accounting and Finance in the Faculty of Arts and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment. The program leverages existing courses from both faculties and new co-created courses focused on the joint discipline of sustainability and financial management. The program is based on an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing team and problem-based pedagogies. Students will receive foundational training in accounting, finance and sustainability, which they will leverage in an integrated framework to critically address “wicked problems” facing business and society such as climate change, water security, biodiversity protection, and inclusion and equality. Students will acquire critical leadership, followership, communication, and collaboration competencies as they work in diverse teams on real-world problems, developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills and the confidence to make decisions in abstract contexts with imperfect information. The program has a strong focus on enabling informed decision-making via data analytics, training data-savvy graduates who can engage in predictive analytics and statistical methods to interpret and better understand the sustainability-related impacts of decision making.

Communication Arts and Design Practice, BA

Undergraduate University of Waterloo
Decision Date: November 27, 2020

The B.A. in Communication Arts and Design Practice aims to integrate critically informed creative design practices with theoretical analysis of multimodal forms of representation and public processes of meaning-making. The Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo offers an ideal site for the analysis, investigation, and interrogation of the relationship between embodied theories of communication and different forms of creative production. Our faculty pursue distinct and overlapping areas of research and creative activity in the areas of digital arts communication, performance theory and practice, and communication as a process of communal and public meaning-making. Existing faculty expertise in related research, creative work, and pedagogical practices support this plan through foregrounding the demands and possibilities of designing communication texts, visual representations, as well as embodied and mediated performances in a variety of public settings. The plan understands “Communication Arts” as studying modes of digital media production, performance, and personal as well as public communication; while “design practice” refers to the making of experimental, working models of ideas, objects, systems, and processes that help us imagine and achieve more productive forms of relationality among people, places, and things. As a communication arts program, students will work in the full range of material, digital, and performative media. This academic plan is committed to rigorous theoretically-informed practice; project-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative pedagogy; and experiential learning.

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.