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Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – General Certificate in Urban Studies


Department of Social Science

For purposes of meeting certificate requirements, all nine-credit general education (foundation) courses will count as six credits.

York University students may earn a General Certificate in Urban Studies concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in urban studies.

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.

To qualify for the General Certificate in Urban Studies, students must complete 24 credits from a list of approved urban studies courses and the cumulative grade point average in these 24 credits must be 5.00 (C+) or higher.

Course requirements for the general certificate are as follows:

  • AP/SOSC 2710 6.00;
  • 18 additional credits from among the courses recognized as satisfying the degree requirements in urban studies, including at least six credits at the 4000 level;
  • an advising appointment with the coordinator of the General Certificate in Urban Studies.

Courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the General Certificate in Urban Studies may not also be used to fulfill requirements for the degree in public policy and administration. For a current list of approved courses, refer to the urban studies section. Further information about the General Certificate in Urban Studies is available from the coordinator of the Urban Studies program or the coordinator of the Public Policy and Administration program.

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