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Programs Approved to Commence

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Bachelor of Science Biotechnology, and Joint Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree/Diploma in Biotechnology. BScH. 

    Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College are collaborating to offer a Joint Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree/Diploma in Biotechnology. Students in the Biotechnology Specialization Plan at Queen’s can earn credit towards the Biotechnology Diploma at St. Lawrence, and vice versa. 


    Students may transfer academic credits between the two institutions, resulting in the accelerated completion of both programs (a 4 year BScH in Biology, specialization in biotechnology and a 3 year Advanced Diploma in Biotechnology) in just 5 years. Students can start the Degree/Diploma at either institution, and will spend between 2.5-3.5 years at Queen’s, with the remaining time at St. Lawrence.


    The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biotechnology Specialization will also be available as a stand-alone four-year degree program for Queen’s students.The combination of technical skills with conceptual and research training will provide our graduates with undergraduate Biotechnology training second to none in Ontario.  Program graduates will have a unique set of skills. Highly trained in the technical aspects of biotechnology that the College training offers, they will have the skills to take on jobs as lab technicians in industry, government or academic jobs. The University training will enhance their theoretical and research training and give them the skills to lead research and innovation in biotechnology.

    Approved to Commence June 19, 2015

    PhD in Aging and Health PhD(AH)



    The PhD is a 48 month, full time, blended online interdisciplinary doctoral program (i.e. annual onsite period followed by online/distance components) designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to:


    • compare and contrast research methodologies and methods in Aging and Health
    • design and carry out independent research in Aging and Health,
    • have a solid foundation of specialized discipline-specific knowledge
    • have an understanding of aging and health issues in Canadian society from perspectives of multiple academic and professional disciplines.
    Approved to Commence May 22, 2015

    Master of Science in Aging and Health (MSc(AH))


    The MSc(AH) is a 12 month, full time, blended online interdisciplinary course-based professional program (i.e. onsite residency and online components). It is structured to prepare candidates for careers/career advancement in the area of aging and health through the development of:


    • a comprehensive knowledge of society and normal healthy aging
    • the ability to critically analyze research findings in the field
    • the ability to conduct in-depth analyses of ethical dilemmas experienced by older adults and those who care for older clients in society, and
    • the ability to complete projects in the community to enhance the understanding of care and compassion for those who are aging.


    It is a professional program designed to provide core competencies and develop attributes recognized by professional bodies that consider issues of aging and heath as core and to develop research skills relevant to the field.

    Approved to Commence May 22, 2015
    Graduate Diploma in Aging and Health  GDipAH

    The GDipAH is an 8 month, full time, blended online interdisciplinary course-based program (i.e. onsite residency and online components) structured to prepare candidates for careers/career advancement in the area of aging and health through the development of:


    • a comprehensive knowledge of society and normal healthy aging
    • the ability to critically analyze research findings in the field, and
    • the ability to conduct in-depth analyses of ethical dilemmas experienced by older adults and those who care for older clients in society.

    It is a professional program designed to provide core competencies and develop attributes recognized by professional bodies that consider issues of aging and heath as core. Completion of the GDipAH provides advanced standing in the MSc(AH) program.

    Approved to Commence May 22, 2015
    Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering Technology (BTech)

      The Bachelor of Mining Engineering Technology degree is a collaboration between Queen's University’s Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining and Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines. The program is designed to meet the needs of the mining industry, and of college-educated professionals looking to advance their careers and education.  Directed at Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technologists, or Mining Engineering Technician graduates, the BTech (Mining) program consists of customized bridging courses, two years of online university study, as well as two on-site field placements (located in Kingston and Timmins).  Curriculum material will provide fundamental depth of knowledge and background theory in the field of mining. The program’s technology focus is designed to provide technical, managerial, and sustainability skills.   Students are prepared to address emerging challenges in improving productivity, efficiency, and safety, reduce environmental impacts, and develop a social conscience.  Graduates of the program will be experienced, motivated leaders, with the hands-on knowledge required to solve a variety of practical industry problems, and will have the ability to turn newly developed tools and technologies into productive and efficient solutions for the modern mining industry.

      Approved to Commence May 22, 2015
      Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) MEI

      The Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) is a one-year professional program that provides students with the business and design skills to succeed as entrepreneurs. Students with an honours undergraduate degree from any discipline will be considered; diversity in background training is desired. To ensure all registrants have the necessary quantitative skills, residential training will be provided. Through a transdisciplinary and team-based approach, students will acquire strong theoretical and experiential underpinnings to become effective leaders in highly entrepreneurial and innovative career pursuits, broadly categorized into entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and social innovation. Through a combination of coursework, team work, research and projects, students will develop the skills and knowledge to launch and lead a venture.

      Approved to Commence February 20, 2015
      Professional Master of Education (PME) PME

      The Professional Master of Education Degree (PME) is a part-time, course based graduate program that is part of the Faculty of Education’s laddered-credential, online program.  Students may apply for direct entry into the PME or after completion of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry [GDPI]. Successful graduates of the GDPI may apply credits earned toward the completion of the PME. The PME is designed to provide students with the ability to integrate new knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning into professional practice.  Students will have five concentrations to choose from:  Aboriginal Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Classroom Specialist, Education Abroad, and Literacy Education. Each five-course concentration focuses on developing expertise and leadership through field-based, professional inquiry aimed at improving teaching and learning. The PME program will attract students who wish to complete a graduate degree without having to leave their work environments. The online delivery format will enable students to engage in both individual and collaborative learning to develop: deeper knowledge about the research literature in their area of interest; stronger connections between their teaching and research; greater ability to lead in their schools; and an understanding of change implementation based on data available in their professional contexts.   

      Approved to Commence August 8, 2014
      Graduate Diploma program in Risk Policy and Regulation (DipRPR) Graduate Diploma The Graduate Diploma in Risk Policy and Regulation (DipRPR) is a four-month program unique in Canada. It is designed to attract students with a Master’s degree in the area of financial economics. A key feature of the program is the integration of material from a wide variety of economic and related fields relevant for risk managers, regulators, supervisors, academic and administrators of financial stability (such as central banks.) Courses in risk management theory and implementation, banking theory and practice, financial regulation, and advanced topics in risk management and regulation will be interest to those pursuing careers in the private or public sector. In addition, the incorporation of relevant material from financial management and accounting and behavioural economics will enable graduates of the program to think creatively about how alternative risk management models can be developed and applied and will allow them to contribute to the design of more effective regulations and policies influencing the financial sector. Approved to Commence February 5, 2014

      Graduate Programs in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS) 

      MSc (Anatomical Sciences), MSc and PhD

      Amalgamation of the Faculty of Health Sciences basic science departments (Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology) into the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS) provided an exciting opportunity to redefine and deliver integrated and collaborative graduate programs. The integrated Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program offers three degree programs. Students in the MSc (Anatomical Sciences) receive training in the art of teaching and curriculum design in the anatomical sciences and complete 30 credit units of coursework, a practicum entailing the production of a human anatomy specimen, lecturing and laboratory teaching. Research-based MSc and PhD candidates are trained in hypothesis-based mechanistic research through a program strongly emphasizing experimental work that tests original research questions complemented by a focused course-load tailored to each student’s background and project requirements.

      Approved to Commence

      January 23, 2014

      Graduate Diploma in Business (GDB)

      Graduate Diploma

      The tight job market has led many new post-secondary school graduates to obtain an edge by seeking practical business knowledge from an institution of higher education.  The Graduate Diploma in Business is designed to meet this growing demand and will attract non-business undergraduates wanting to achieve competencies in business acumen.  Graduates of the Diploma program will have built on the skills developed in their previous academic training and will have the skills and knowledge in areas of general management and the analysis of the business environment to improve their employability.  This four month diploma program is based on the core courses of the Queen’s MBA. Successful graduates of the Diploma program may ladder their credential by applying the credits earned toward completion of the Queen’s MBA should they so desire.

      Approved to Commence

      January 13, 2014

      Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Diploma 

      Graduate Diploma

      The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) diploma program is a change in credential designation from a post-baccalaureate certificate to a graduate diploma. The new PHCNP diploma program is offered as part of a nine university consortium – known as the Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing Consortium. In Ontario, Nurse Practitioners (NP) are Registered Nurses in the Extended Class who have completed additional specialized nursing education enabling them to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic and screening tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures. This program equips NPs with advanced knowledge and decision-making skills enabling them to assess and promote health, treat and prevent disease and injury, and provide rehabilitation and support to individuals, families and communities. PHCNP diploma graduates may provide vital access to primary health care services in isolated, underserved, remote and rural communities where shortages of primary care physicians are compounded by issues of poverty, unemployment and poor education.

      Approved to Commence

      December 3, 2013

      Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry

      Graduate Diploma

      The Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry addresses the inquiry skills fundamental to professional thinking and action. Specifically, the curriculum is designed to improve professional problem-solving and decision-making processes at the individual, team, program, classroom and organizational levels. Currently in many professions, including education, there is an emphasis on evidence-informed decision-making. Inquiry practices are the processes used to guide such an approach.

      Approved to Commence

      July 29, 2013

      PhD in Environmental Studies


      The PhD program in Environmental Studies would provide graduate training in socio-ecological issues and sustainable approaches to addressing environmental issues, emphasizing interdisciplinary and focusing on the concept of sustainability and sustainable practices. The theme of sustainability emphasizes the long-term nature and impacts of environmental change, the connections between today's decisions and tomorrow's welfare, and the strong dependence of human well-being on environmental quality. The program responds to widespread perceptions and concerns about society’s future in a world of finite resources.

      Approved to Commence

      February 20, 2013

      Master of Science in Healthcare Quality


      The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality is unique in that it will bring together and develop a discipline in three areas of healthcare that are rarely linked - quality, risk and safety–with the intent to ensure better quality healthcare minimizing errors for Canadians. As healthcare planning is often conducted in isolation and within narrow parameters, this Master’s degree will prepare professionals to examine quality across a broader spectrum: understanding legal precedence and decisions, linking quality to beneficence (doing good), minimizing the emphasis on non-maleficence (doing no harm), and recognizing the role of policy, health care reorganization, human factors and engineering to provide excellent care. The MSc(HQ) program is interdisciplinary in its design, delivery and scope. Use of informational technologies will permit access for potential students across Canada, and internationally.

      Approved to Commence

      May 30, 2012

      Community Relations for the Extractive Industries

      Graduate Certificate

      Canadian based mining companies face the challenge of building constructive and positive working and living relationships with mining affected communities not only within Canada, but also abroad. This certificate program is structured to address some of the most critical community relations skill and practice deficiencies of mining company staff working at North American based operations, and potentially at foreign sites as well. The program reflects industry needs, community challenges and political realities in North America. This practitioner-targeted certificate is skill based and competency focused, with 3 out of 4 courses packaged for distance delivery, allowing participants to continue working as they learn. The program is designed primarily to meet the professional needs of people already working in or having worked in the minerals industry, in associated government agencies, or in non-governmental or community based organizations. It aims to equip students with the knowledge, competencies and best practices that will help them to understand, engage with, and contribute more effectively to the creation of positive and lasting company-community relationships. Successful graduates will be able to assume expanded work roles and increasing levels of responsibility within their organisations.

      Approved to Commence

      March 12, 2012

      Master of Management Analytics


      The Master of Management Analytics program will meet the rapidly growing need for analysts who understand the technical and mathematical challenges of analytics as well as the management contexts in which they arise. This program will give students with strong quantitative abilities the skills that they need to develop, direct, and deliver projects in analytics that add value to businesses or other organizations. The program is designed for working professionals and will provide thorough coverage of the mathematical and statistical theories and methods that underlie modern analytics, while maintaining a practitioner focus. Graduates will be able to develop and use advanced database and search techniques to extract useful data from very large data sources and apply modern methods of data summarization and visualization to enhance understanding of organizational environments, including the economy, internal organizational performance, competitive positioning, and the structure and behaviours of markets or client groups.

      Approved to Commence

      December 18, 2012

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