FAQs

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.

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:

Are the certificates eligible for financial aid funding?

Yes, they are both eligible for financial aid funding through OSAP. The cost code that students must use when applying for funding is: CERTLAPS1

For complete OSAP information and to apply online, go to the government's OSAP website.

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 Summer 2017 or Fall 2017, 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 are not offering online courses during the upcoming Fall Winter 2017-2018 term.

For a full listing of course offerings for any given term, please visit the York Course Website.

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.