Welcome to the Faculty of Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University College of Alberta.
Since 2005, it has been my privilege to act as the first Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and to oversee the development of several unique and timely graduate programs. In the winter of 2006, we launched our first professional master’s program in information systems security management (MISSM) with 19 students. In subsequent years, we have added an MA program in Biblical and Christian Studies, a professional master’s program in information systems assurance management (MISAM), and a growing number of professional diploma and certificate programs in information systems, public health, and psychology. Several of these programs are offered by distance, thus allowing us to serve an ever-broadening range of graduate students throughout the world. As a result, our graduate population has grown five-fold in the last six years.
The Faculty of Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for graduate-student admission, registration, scholarships, and policies. In addition, our office supports research at all levels.
At the student level, we coordinate the Undergraduate Student Research Awards from NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) and the Canada Graduate Scholarships. In addition, we provide travel support to students delivering peer-reviewed papers at professional conferences. The number of these student publications has been increasing every year: this past year alone, fourteen of our MISSM students presented papers at international conferences on security.
At the faculty level, our office administers internal research grants and external grants from provincial and federal agencies. Last year, for instance, we were successful in obtaining an Aid to Small Universities Grant from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). This grant allowed Concordia to create a new research centre, the Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith, which hosted its first annual conference in the spring of 2012.
All of our activities highlight the importance of research at Concordia and our commitment to excellence in teaching.
It gives me particular pleasure to welcome all of our new graduate student. It is my goal, and the goal of my colleagues, to help you develop a sense of vocation and to prepare you for leadership in the world. We are dedicated to serving you by providing a rich and rewarding educational experience.
I wish you all the best in your academic endeavors. May you find your time at Concordia both stimulating and enjoyable.
Marco LoVerso, PhD
Dean of Research and Graduate Studies