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Public Policy and Administration - Atkinson

Note: With the establishment of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies on July 1, 2009, degrees and programs in the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies will be moved to the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies as of the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Session. Grandparenting provisions have been developed for students continuing in degrees and programs currently offered in the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies. Details are available on the York University Current Students Web site (

School of Public Policy and Administration
Coordinator: TBA

Program Requirements

Students prior to entering the Public Policy and Administration program must have completed one 11U or M mathematics course or equivalent.

BA Specialized Honours: 120 credits

General education requirements: 24 credits including:

  • six credits 1000-level humanities;
  • six credits 1000-level mathematics or modes of reasoning;
  • six credits 1000-level natural science;
  • six credits 1000-level social science.

Required credits outside the major: 18 credits outside public policy and administration and political science.

Major: 66 credits as follows:

At least 12 credits in the major must be at the 4000 level.

Upper-level courses: Of the 120 credits a minimum of 36 credits must be taken at the 3000 level or above including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Residency requirement: At least 30 credits not used toward another academic program are to be taken at York University. Half the major; double major; or, major/minor credits must be taken through Atkinson.

Graduation: Students must pass at least 120 credits that meet Atkinson degree and program requirements. The cumulative grade point average for all courses must be at least 5.00.

Course Substitutes

Subject to course exclusions, program requirements/restrictions, and residence requirements, the following courses are acceptable substitutes for the purpose of meeting program requirements.

Program Course

Course Substitutes

AK/PPAS 3190 6.00

AK/PPAS 3410 6.00, AK/POLS 3410 6.00