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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies – Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management


School of Human Resources Management

Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. 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. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.

a) Prerequisites for core requirements:

  • AP/ADMS 1000 3.00;
  • for students with a prior business related degree, AP/ADMS 1000 3.00 is waived for program requirements and as a prerequisite for administrative studies courses.

Requirements: 27 credits including:

b) Core requirements:


  1. The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPAO) requires AP/ADMS 1500 3.00 or both AP/ADMS 2500 3.00 and AP/ADMS 2510 3.00 in order to be approved as having met the academic requirements for the HRPAO.
  2. Under the certification process, HRPAO requires an average of 70 per cent with the lowest acceptable grade in any required course of 65 per cent.

Daytime offering: the certificate may be taken during the day over the course of three terms. Students who have completed 84 credits at York or who hold a university degree, by June 1 of the year in which they hope to enter the certificate, may apply to enrol in this intensive day-time version. Applicants must have a minimum overall grade point average of 5.00 with a major grade point average of 5.50. Successful admission will be based on the applicant’s overall grade point average and relevant work experience. Decisions on admissions will be made by the designate of the dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (normally the coordinator of the certificate). The application deadline for admissions will normally be May 31.

Note: to obtain a professional certificate offered by the School of Human Resources Management, at least 18 credits of the ADMS/HRM course credits that satisfy certificate requirements must be in addition to those used to satisfy a degree. Students may acquire more than one certificate provided that at least 18 credits in each certificate are unique to the specific certificate.

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