School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Developing a New Graduate Program under QUQAP

The approval process to be followed depends on the type of program you wish to develop. For all new Graduate Diploma, Master’s and PhD programs however, a case must be made as to the societal need for graduates of the proposed program and the student demand for the proposed program. Please follow the link below for  examples of questions you may include in a survey or interview  to assess the need.

Making a case for a new graduate program (405KB)

Graduate Certificates, Diplomas, and Collaborative Programs follow and Expedited Approval Process as they do NOT require external reviewers. 

Path & timeline for approval of certificates, diplomas & collaborative programs (334KB)

Dual credential programs program and combined programs are considered a Major Modification and follow an internal approval process i.e. Quality Council (QC) approval is not required, though the development of such programs is reported to the QC.

New degree programs (including Joint Programs) at the Master’s and PhD levels require a Full Proposal and Review Process which includes a site visit by external reviewers. 

Path & timeline for approval of Master's & PhD programs (337KB)

An explanation of the above credential types is provided below:

Expedited Reviews

Graduate Certificate (GCert)

Admission to a Queen's GCert requires an UG degree as a prerequisite. GCerts are often designed to provide advanced skills and technical/specialized knowledge in a specific field or area that may only peripherally relate to the graduate Programs in the parent academic unit(s).  Alternatively, a GCert may be a program of study coherently organized around clear learning objectives and outcomes.  A GCert may be a stand-alone credential or, under prescribed conditions, it may be part of a set of laddered GRAD Diploma and/or Degree Programs.  A GCert Program has an UG degree as a prerequisite and would typically have an academic content equivalent to a minimum of three courses (9.0 units of graduate degree-credit courses or equivalent). 

Graduate Diploma (GDip)

Admission to a Queen's GDip requires an honours UG degree as a prerequisite. A GDip may be a stand-alone credential and, under prescribed circumstances, it may be part of a laddered set of Programs leading to a Master's degree (see below).  A GDip typically has the academic content equivalent to a minimum of four courses (12.0 units of graduate degree-credit courses or equivalent), and may take one of three forms:

Type 1 Diploma:  Offered when a candidate admitted to a Master's Program leaves the program after completing a specified proportion of the requirements.  Students are not admitted directly to these programs.

Type 2 Diploma:  Offered in conjunction with a Master's (or Doctoral) Degree, the admission to which requires that the candidate be already admitted to the Master's (or Doctoral) Program.  A Type 2 Diploma may be proposed by one or more Academic Units and represents an additional, often interdisciplinary, academic credential.

Type 3 Diploma:  A stand-alone, direct-entry Program, generally developed by an Academic Unit already offering a related Master's (and sometimes Doctoral) degree, and designed to meet the needs of a particular clientele or market.

Collaborative Program

This is a Queen’s only graduate program that provides an additional multidisciplinary experience for students enrolled in and completing the degree requirements of one of a number of identified approved programs. Students meet the admission requirements and register in a participating ‘home’ program and in addition to the degree requirements of that program, the requirements of the collaborative program must be met. Completion of the collaborative program is indicated by a transcript notation “with specialization in <collaborative program name>.specialty in two or more disciplines.

For information about the administrative functions relating to a Collaborative Program: See Graduate IDP working group report (pdf 560KB)

Major Modification

Dual Credential Program   

A program of study offered by two or more universities or by a university and a college or institute, including Institutes of Technology and Advanced Learning, in which successful completion of the requirements is confirmed by a separate and different degree/diploma document being awarded by each of the participating institutions.

Graduate combined program 

This type of program involves two existing Queen’s degree programs of different types. It may comprise two graduate programs or an undergraduate and a graduate program; in most cases the combination involves one professionally oriented program. Combined programs must demonstrate advantages to students through some time efficiency, benefits to scholarship, professional development or other considerations.

Full Proposal

Graduate Joint Program         

A program of study offered by two or more universities or by a university and a college or Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in which successful completion of the requirements is confirmed by a single degree document. When new, a full review is required.

Master’s and PhD programs

A program is the complete set and sequence of courses, combinations of courses and/or other units of study, research and practice prescribed by Queen's University for the fulfillment of the requirements of a degree. If the program being developed is interdisciplinary, that is involves more than one academic unit in one or more faculties, please refer to the Working Group Document for administrative and budgetary consideration  See Graduate IDP working group report (pdf 560KB)