Welcome to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Concordia University College of Alberta.
Since the creation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in 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:
The Master of Information Systems Security Management is a course-based program that began in January 2006 with a class of nineteen students and has more than doubled in size since. As this is one of only three such programs in all of Canada, it has attracted students from various regions of the Americas as well as from Europe, Asia, and Africa. The strong international mix of the MISSM students highlights the importance of this area of study to all cultures. Information security is vital to government, to business, to education—indeed to all aspects of modern society that depend on computing and the safe exchange of information. And our graduates have been successful in finding exciting jobs in several of these work environments as information-security specialists.
A complementary course-based professional program, the Master of Information Systems Assurance Management, will be launched in September 2012. This program will provide students with graduate training in the area of information systems audit and governance.
The Master of Arts in Biblical and Christian Studies program (launched in September 2009) is a natural outgrowth of Concordia’s strong and long-standing tradition in religious studies. This unique new thesis-based MA program gives students the opportunity to specialize in one of three research areas:
The program also provides a great deal of flexibility, as it is designed both for students wishing to continue on to doctoral work and for professionals who may use this course of study to complement and enrich their expertise in areas such as education or church work.
In March 2011 we introduced two new graduate certificate programs in public health: one focusing on public health leadership and one on public health strategic communication. These are our first graduate programs offered by distance. They thus provide working public-health professionals throughout the world valuable opportunities for professional development and upgrading.
All of our graduate programs highlight the importance of research at Concordia and our dedication to excellence in teaching. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you as we pursue the development of graduate studies at our university. It is my goal, and the goal of all 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