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Undergraduate Certificates

The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) offers two undergraduate certificates – Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law and Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis The Certificates are designed to be streamlined at 24 credits each with flexibility to choose from a list of relevant courses under the PPAS course rubric.

The certificates may be completed concurrently with York undergraduate degrees or as a direct-entry program. The certificates can be completed by full-time and part-time students alike.

Students seeking to pursue the certificate as a stand-alone program must apply to the Office of Admissions, York University using the on-line application form for future students. Admission to the stand-alone certificate program requires students to have normally completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline with minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00.

In the stand-alone certificate program students may be granted up to 6 credits of advanced standing based on their previous studies completed no later than seven years prior to entry into the certificate program. Advanced standing credits will be awarded at the discretion of the undergraduate program director at the School of Public Policy and Administration based on his or her assessment of the student's academic record.

Students already enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at York University need to apply for entry into this certificate through the School of Public Policy and Administration Office. Students should have completed at least 24 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00.

For more information on the Certificates, please contact the SPPA Undergraduate Program Director at: sppaupd@yorku.ca

Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law

The 24-credit certificate is a professional certificate aimed at individuals who wish to combine knowledge of public administration and law with expertise in another area demonstrated through the achievement of at least an undergraduate degree. This reflects the fact that the public sector employs individuals from diverse professional backgrounds, but their progress through the ranks typically requires an understanding of the legal and administrative aspects of government. Upon completion of the certificate, students will:

Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis

The 24-credit Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis will appeal to individuals who have an interest in public policy analysis and who want their academic record to reflect the completion of a cluster of courses in public policy analysis in a formal way. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be competent to perform analysis of public policies in light of the role of government in civil society through:

FAQs: Public Administration & Law (CPAL) and Public Policy Analysis (CPPA)

I am interested in pursuing the Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis or the Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law. How do I proceed?

Applicants seeking to pursue either of the certificates as a stand-alone program must apply through the Office of Admissions, York University at: futurestudents.yorku.ca/applying/onlineapp

Admission to the stand-alone Certificate program requires students to have normally completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 on the York scale or equivalent. Students already enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at York need to apply for entry into this Certificate through the School of Public Policy and Administration Office. Students should have completed at least 24 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.00 (C+).

Note that the certificates are not open to students in the Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) - Honours, Specialized Honours, and Honours minor.

For more information about the certificates, please visit:

Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis:calendars.registrar.yorku.ca/2015-2016/faculty_programs/AP/public_policy_analysis_cert.htm

Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law: calendars.registrar.yorku.ca/2015-2016/faculty_programs/AP/public_admin_law_cert.htm

What is the deadline for applying to the Certificate programs?

We admit students throughout the year. If you are interested in taking courses beginning in Fall 2015 or Winter 2016, please note that it typically takes the Office of Admissions six weeks to process an application for external applicants. The process for current York students only takes a week or two. While waiting for admission to the Certificates, please contact the SPPA office for assistance with enrolling in courses.

How long will it take to complete the Certificate?

Program completion depends on student's own pace and availability of courses. There is currently no limit to how long one wishes to take to complete the certificate. The full 24 credits can be completed in as little as eight (8) months during the Fall and Winter terms, studying full-time. Alternatively, students can choose to space out their courses and complete them part-time.

The program consists of 24 credits, which amounts to about 5-7 courses (depending on whether they are full year "6.0 credits" or half-year "3.0 credits"). It is up to you to decide how long you want to take to complete the certificate, based on your own schedule as well as when the courses are offered.

Are courses offered during the day and/or evening? Are there any online courses?

Our courses are offered both during the day and the evening. However, you may find that not all of the required courses will be offered in the evening during a given term, as the course offering day and/or time will change from term to term. We currently do not offer any online courses. For a full listing of course offerings for any given term, please visit the York Course Website at the following link: https://w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm

Is it possible to complete the certificate while working full-time?

Yes, it is possible to complete the Certificate while working full-time. Many courses are offered in the evening, though course availability may vary from term to term.

I have completed all the requirements pertaining to my Professional Certificate. Who do I need to inform that I would like to graduate and by what deadlines?

Graduation requirements for both Professional Certificates require a minimum cumulative grade point average of 5.00 (C+) in the certificate courses. Students must also submit an Application to Graduate with a Certificate form, be obtained from and must be returned to the School of Public Policy and Administration at 119 McLaughlin College.

Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. This means that you must apply to graduate at the SAME TIME should you be enrolled in both a degree and certificate program concurrently, in order to receive both.