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FAQs

General SPPA Interest

What is the School of Public Policy and Administration?

The School of Public Policy and Administration was created as a single unified School on the Keele campus of York University, established in July 2006. The School brings together the various undergraduate programs in the area of public policy as well as relevant graduate programming, including the Master of Public Policy, Administration & Law (MPPAL) program. For further information, please visit our website: www.yorku.ca/laps/sppa/

I would like to add a PPAS course but the system will not allow me to do so. How should I proceed?

There may be various reasons why the system may not allow you to add a course such as:

  • Reserved Seating
  • Prerequisites or Co-requisites
  • Outstanding Fees
  • Enrolled in too many credits

The following actions are recommended:

  • Place yourself on our waitlist for course(s) that you are interested in. The waitlist is available online at our website located at: www.yorku.ca/laps/sppa/waitlist.html
  • Continue to try to enrol into courses that are full multiple times a day in the hopes that someone will drop and a spot will become available for them.
  • Contact the SPPA Office for more information.
As a School of Public Policy and Administration student, where can I receive academic advising?

For advising concerning your overall degree program and progress, kindly visit one of the following offices:

SPPA Academic Advising:

To book an appointment, please call the School of Public Policy and Administration at (416) 736-5384 or visit us at119 McLaughlin College; or email us at lapssppa@yorku.ca. Students can receive one-on-one academic advising from Tanya Cora; the designated School of Public Policy and Administration Academic Advisor, who is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Fall, Winter and Summer academic terms.

Student Academic Advising Services:

New and Continuing students in LA&PS can receive one-on-one academic advising from Student Academic Advising Services (SAAS), part of the Centre for Student Success (103 Central Square, 416-736-5222, laps@yorku.ca).

For advising concerning your major specifically and its requirements, kindly contact the SPPA main office or email the Undergraduate Program Director at: sppaupd@yorku.ca

Please always include your name, student ID number and questions/issues to be addressed in your correspondence.

I am a student in your program and am interested in obtaining more information about internship opportunities offered by the School of Public Policy and Administration. Who should I contact?

A paid internship program is available for BPA majors in collaboration with York University's Career Centre. The eligibility criteria include min. 6.0 GPA and having completed AP/PPAS 3190 6.0 and AP/PPAS 3300 6.0. More information about the internship program and upcoming information sessions can be found at: http://www.yorku.ca/careers/internships/admin.htm

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) internship and summer employment opportunities are typically open for applications during the Winter term (January-March application window). SPPA organizes preparatory workshops for students in late January or early February and these are publicized in the SPPA Weekly Newsletter available via email distribution and the SPPA website.

Another opportunity for practical professional experience is our upper level 4th year seminar course, AP/PPAS 4995 6.00 Practicum in Public Administration. Internship and practicum placements are limited and a strong GPA and personal interview will likely be required to assess eligibility. For further information please contact our Internship Coordinator, Prof. Peter Constantinou via email at peter.constantinou@rogers.com

If interested in PPAS 4995 6.0 with Fall 2014 start, please fill out the waitlist form at: www.yorku.ca/laps/sppa/waitlist.html

I would like to network with other Public Policy and Administration students. Is there a student organization that I could be a part of?

Membership in the Public Policy and Administration Student Association (PPASA) is open to any student affiliated with the School of Public Policy and Administration. Interested students should contact PPASA at 168 Founders College or ppasa@yorku.ca.

The new PPASA website is at: http://ppasayorku.wordpress.com/

I have an assignment to submit. Am I able to hand it in after hours or on weekends? If so, where?

Should the office be closed, please note that we have an after-hours assignment drop-box that is located to the right and slightly down the hall from our main office window, at 119 McLaughlin College. The drop box is clearly marked and located in a door slot. You can access it both during the evening and on weekends. This drop-box is checked at the beginning of every business day and course work is date stamped on the date of receipt. All items are then promptly placed in the appropriate faculty or teaching assistant's mailbox.

My Degree Progress Report (DPR) indicates that it is not available for my program. How can I check which degree requirements I have completed and which ones are still outstanding?

The DPR will show as unavailable to those students who have not declared a stream in the BPA Specialized Honours. While you have until the end of your second year to declare a stream, streams can be changed at any time and so it is recommended that you declare a stream to have access to the DPR.

The DPR is not available for those who pursue a major/minor combination. Please note that credits cannot be double counted for a major and minor.

The DPR is not available for the Certificate programs (stand-alone or sub-program with a degree). Only 12 credits have to be unique to our Professional Certificates, the remaining 12 credits can overlap with your BA major.

To check on your degree progress, course selection and academic standing, please call the SPPA Office at 416-736 5384 to book an appointment with Tanya Cora, our dedicated LAPS Academic Advisor.

I need to file an academic and/or financial petition. Where must I go for further information and to submit my documents?

Students must meet with an academic advisor before submitting an academic petition or appeal. Details about the LA&PS petition process are available at the following website: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/council/students/petitions

For further information on how to file a financial petition please contact Student Financial Services at the Bennett Centre for Student Services at the following phone number: (416) 872-YORK (9675)

I feel like I have an information overload at York. How do I make sure I do not miss any deadlines, events or professional networking opportunities?

Please make sure to read through the weekly SPPA Newsletter, which is available via email distribution and on the SPPA website. If you are not receiving our weekly newsletter via email, please contact the SPPA Office to ensure that you are included in our email distribution lists.

 

Certificates: 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.

 

Grand-Parented Programs

Grand-Parented programs have to be completed by Summer 2017 the latest.

Students currently enrolled in the PPA, PAJS, PPM, PSM and the 90-credit BPA programs please note that the University adheres to the principle of grand-parenting which will allow you to complete your program(s) and degree(s) under the rules in place at the time when you began your studies at York. However, due to changes in course numbers associated with the merger of the Arts and Atkinson Faculties, for the PPA, PAJS and PPM programs please follow your degree requirements as outlined in the 2009-2010 Academic Calendar with updated LAPS course numbers (see links below). Programs that have been closed and grand-parented are:

  • PUBLIC POLICY & ADMINISTRATION (PPA)


  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & JUSTICE STUDIES (PAJS)

    • BA – 90 CREDITS
    • BA SPECIALIZED HONOURS – 120 CREDITS
    • Requirements

  • PUBLIC POLICY & MANAGEMENT (PPM)

    • BA – 90 CREDITS
    • BA SPECIALIZED HONOURS – 120 CREDITS
    • Requirements

  • 90-credit BPA

    • please follow degree requirements based on your year of entry

  • PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE (PSM) – 42 CREDITS

    • please follow degree requirements based on your year of entry, or the 2009-2010 Academic Calendar if you entered the program earlier than that

Why were the old BA programs in PPA, PPM and PAJS and the 90-credit BPA program closed?

The new BPA curriculum provides more flexibility to students in course selection based on their individual interests. The new common core of courses in the first two years of study also allows students to have more time to decide on their specialization, or switch between them more easily. The BPA is now an Honours only program since our most valuable offerings, many of them with Experiential Education opportunities, are at the 4000-level and completing these courses provides the greatest leverage for labour market success. We recommend all students to complete the Honours version of their degree if at all possible since the Canadian public sector is very competitive.

With the creation of BPA, will my BA program (i.e. PPM, PPA, PAJS) be switched automatically?

No. Students who wish to enrol in the BPA must submit a Change of Program Request, which can be completed online. Students who wish to remain enrolled in PPM/PPA/PAJS (currently closed programs) will be subject to "Grand-parented Rules".

For more information regarding changing your program, please book an appointment with Tanya Cora by calling the SPPA Office and visit:www.registrar.yorku.ca/program/change/

I would like to switch to one of your closed programs PPM, PPA, PAJS or 90 credit BPA. Is this still possible?

Change of program requests are no longer possible for PPM, PPA, PAJS and the 90 credit BPA. The PPM, PPA and PAJS degree programs have been officially closed to all new admits effective September 2010. The 90 credit BPA has been officially closed to all new admits effective September 2012.

I am a student in the PPA, PPM or PAJS program but do not know my year of entry or which Study Plan/Undergraduate Calendar to follow to fulfill my program requirements. What should I do?

To inquire about your year of entry, students may contact our main office and speak to our program staff. Although it is normally recommended to follow the Study Plan/Undergraduate Calendar associated with your year of entry, students in these grand-parented programs should follow the program requirements outlined in the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Calendar because these include the updated LAPS course numbers: calendars.registrar.yorku.ca/2009-2010/

Please also note that students in the grand-parented PPA, PPM and PAJS programs have to complete all of their degree requirements by Summer 2017 the latest.

What are the "Grand-parented Rules" and the completion deadline for my grandparented program?

The University adheres to the principle of grand-parenting, which will allow you to complete your current program(s) and degree(s) under the rules in place at the time you entered the program. Please visit the following link: www.yorku.ca/laps/transition/faqs/grandparented.html

Students who wish to continue in their original BA (PPM, PPA, PAJS) or the 90 credit BPA program have until the end of the Summer 2017 to complete their current program under the grand-parented rules. However, should you not take any courses for a period of one year, you will become deactivated and re-entry into one of the above closed programs will require reactivation. If you are thinking about reactivating, please contact the SPPA office as soon as possible and ask to book an appointment with our advisor Tanya Cora.

Where can I receive academic advising?

We recommend that all students in the grandparented programs seek academic advising directly within SPPA. To book an appointment, please call the School of Public Policy and Administration at (416) 736-5384 or visit us at 119 McLaughlin College; or email us at lapssppa@yorku.ca. Students can receive one-on-one academic advising from Tanya Cora; the designated School of Public Policy and Administration Academic Advisor, who is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Fall, Winter and Summer academic terms.

The Undergraduate Program Director can be reached at: sppaupd@yorku.ca. Please always include your name, student ID number and questions/issues to be addressed in your correspondence.

I am a student in the PPM or PAJS BA program and am having difficulty locating and enrolling into the course choices specified under the 6.0 required credits in Diversity in the BA Spec. Hon. PPM program, the 12 credit list specified in the BA Spec. Hon. PAJS or the 6 credit list specified in the 90 credit BA PAJS program. How should I proceed?

You can substitute the courses from these diversity lists with any courses under the PPAS rubric at the 3000 or 4000 level, or with our new course AP/PPAS 2195 3.0 Professional Skills and Communication. The Degree Audit unit at the Registrar's Office have been notified of this blanket course substitution, but if you encounter any issues with Degree Audit when you apply to graduate, please inform the SPPA office immediately.