The School of Public Policy & 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.
Public Administration & 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 completing the certificate, you will:
- have a working knowledge of public administration and its hierarchy
- have an understanding of the role of law within government
- be familiar with the legal as well as administrative workings of government
- be able to analyze the relationship between law, politics and public administration in a critical manner.
- possess research skills in social science research as it pertains to public law and public administration, and in basic legal research.
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 completing the certificate, you will be competent to conduct analysis of public policies in taking into account the role of government in civil society through:
- linking theory to practice
- having an understanding of financing of public policy programs including revenue sources and the decision-making rules for the allocation of funds;
- familiarity with the implementation of public policies through the structures of public administration;
- knowledge of the impact of social and economic policies;
- well-developed research and critical thinking skills;
- real-world project-based experience in some of the optional courses with an experiential education component.