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Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Develop a solid accounting foundation and the professional skills required to succeed.

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Accounting Post-Grad Certificates from the School of Continuing Studies have received CPA Ontario Recognition. Read more.

 

Excelling in an accounting position requires much more than just technical knowledge. For example, many top employers believe that emotional intelligence, critical thinking, communication, and business acumen are equally important skills to have. Accounting professionals who master these key competencies routinely receive the best job offers and promotions throughout their careers.

Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting will deepen your understanding of accounting while simultaneously sharpening your critical thinking, communication, and management skills. The program culminates with a unique final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world business challenges.

Designed in consultation with senior industry executives, thought leaders, and prominent York University academics, the Certificate will equip you with relevant and in-demand knowledge and all course content will be immediately applicable to your current (or future) role.

Program delivery

Our flexible accounting education is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students. You can choose to study part-time, full-time, in-class, or online. The entire program can be completed in just eight months (full-time) or in a year and a half (part-time), which is considerably quicker than comparable certificates. You will also benefit from studying alongside a network of peers who are completing the program on the same schedule.

Need a break from your studies? You get the chance to transfer to the next cohort.

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Who should take this program?

  • College or university graduates with a 90 credit hour diploma or a degree outside the field of accounting who are looking to add a specialization to their resume
  • Professionals launching a career in finance or accounting
  • Professionals seeking the Chartered Professional Accountant designation
  • Professionals in the new or early stages of their career who want to enhance and validate their accounting acumen
  • Professionals in the early or mid-stages of their career who need to add a post-secondary accounting credential to support their plans for career growth
  • International students seeking a Canadian accounting credential from a respected institution

The next stage of your accounting career.

Graduates of the Certificate in Accounting who then go on to complete the Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting will meet the entry requirements for the graduate level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), the critical foundation of CPA certification.

Both certificates can be completed in less than two years of full-time study. This is much faster than traditional continuing education accounting programs, which often take three years or more to complete. And that’s not the only way our program differs. The intensive, meaningful instruction you will receive at York will better prepare you for the graduate level study in CPA PEP than a college program will by developing both your technical and enabling competencies.

CPA Designation

The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is globally recognized and provides a wealth of opportunities to those who hold it. The mean average compensation of CPAs working in Canada is $151,000.

For a full list of our accounting courses and their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies, please click here.

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“For someone already working in the field, pursuing an accounting certificate may be an ideal way to demonstrate a personal desire to contribute more to the organization or aspire to a more senior position. An accounting certificate from a respected institution, combined with relevant practical experience on your CV are important considerations in the job selection process.”

Nadine Petsche – Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

Read more about Nadine Petsche and why she recommends pursuing continuing education as a way to further develop accounting skills

 

Choose the format and schedule that fits your unique needs.

Online: Earn your Certificate in 1.5 years of online study in an accelerated format.

York University’s flexible, interactive online program helps you develop a rich network of peers while enjoying the convenience of learning at your preferred locationStudy at times that fit your schedule as long as you meet assignment deadlines.

In-class, full-time: Earn your post-graduate certificate in just 8 months by studying full-time on campus in our accelerated program.

This full-time post-graduate certificate program will prepare you for a successful career in accounting and finance roles in just 8 months while helping you to effectively balance your professional and personal responsibilities.

International students benefit from additional supports, including York’s exclusive Mastering Canadian Business and Canadian Academic & Business English courses, to help you excel in this accelerated full-time program.

 

Courses

Professional Competencies for Business Success

To be successful in all accounting roles, professionals need to have a breadth of transferable skills that enable them to work effectively within teams across a variety of business functions. Through theoretical instruction, practical case analyses, interactive and team-based exercises, as well as oral and written assignments, students will develop strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, business acumen, communication and presentation skills, and many more key professional competencies.

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting: Understanding the Language of Business

Be introduced to basic concepts in financial accounting, managerial accounting and their interrelationships to duties and responsibilities of an Accounting professional.  Acquire a critical overview of accounting processes and a broad understanding of the role of accounting in modern society.

Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Study management accounting as an introduction to decision-making based on cost and budget information supported by planning and control practices.  Emphasis will be placed on applying basic techniques of management accounting to both quantitative questions and case studies representing a variety of business organizations.

Micro- & Macro-Economics

Become familiar with the basic principles and tools of both micro- and macro-economics.  Explore the emergence of a market economy and the economic way of thinking.  Major topics include demand and supply; the behaviour of consumers and firms; the influence of different market settings on costs, pricing, and profit maximization strategies; and contemporary macro-economic issues such as international trade and finance, public policies, inflation, unemployment, and economic growth.

Statistical Methods in Business & Accounting

Learn statistical methods and how to evaluate the opportunities and limitations of these methods.  Practical application will be stressed, with emphasis on suitability of method, interpretation of results, and coordinating statistical data with other information.

Legal Principles in Canadian Business

Review the legal principles that are both fundamental and relevant to Canadian businesses.  Beginning with contracts and torts, students will also study forms of business organization including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Other topics to be studied include employment, consumer, environmental, and real estate law.  The course will conclude with a look at intellectual property law.

Accounting Information Systems

Examine an overview of information systems – from conceptual design to actual selection, with emphasis on systems management.  The strategic role of information technology within a competitive business environment will be explored, along with the ethical implications.  The technical foundations of information systems, their impact on an organization’s management, (knowledge accumulation and decision-making) will be illustrated through software simulations and hands-on practical assignments.

Applied Capstone Course

Make connections between the various topics in the program; to analyze, synthesize, and apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to real-world business cases.

Domestic Students

Canadian Students

This unique post-degree program provides the educational experience that upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with an exposure to a multi-cultural environment that only York University can provide. Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in Toronto’s diverse workplaces — a critical asset for global companies.

Develop a rich professional network that includes global and local peers and instructors with significant industry experience. As a pioneer in professional education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience. You’ll graduate work-ready and promotable in Canada’s largest labour market.

Courses are offered at our vibrant Keele campus conveniently located near several 400-series highways and accessible by the TTC, GO, York Region, Brampton, and Viva transit systems. Please view our interactive map for more information on the campus including parking and amenities.

International Students

International Students

York University’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is absolutely unique in Canada. This program provides the educational experience that Canadian upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with the academic language supports needed for success. As a leader in academic English education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience.

Unlike other Canadian Accounting certificates that only offer classes in the evening and on weekends, York offers a full-time schedule. Despite the accelerated format of the full-time program, the course scheduling provides opportunities for students to study and work outside  the class schedule.

Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in vibrant multi-cultural workplaces. Develop a rich professional network of local students, international peers, and Canadian instructors with significant industry experience. You’ll graduate work-ready and promotable.

York University is committed to your success. All full-time international students are required to take our Canadian Academic and Business English and Mastering Canadian Business courses prior to beginning the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting. These courses are designed to ensure you have the linguistic and cultural background needed to be successful in the Certificate program and are included in the full-time tuition. Please see the Available Sections tab for start dates and application deadlines.

Courses are offered at our vibrant Toronto campus. While everything students require can be found on our safe and welcoming campus, convenient transit and highway access helps you enjoy all that the Toronto, Canada, area has to offer.

Instructors

Diana Kawarsky, BA(Hons), MA, CCP

Diana Kawarsky is the president of The Soft Skills Group Inc., a boutique training and development consulting firm based in Toronto. She has nearly 20 years of experience in delivery, design and consulting with Fortune 500 companies, universities and colleges. Diana has worked with organizations in many industries — including finance, telecommunications, health care, manufacturing, transportation, natural resources, not-for-profit, governments and crown corporations. She has designed learning experiences for more than 18,000 adult learners including senior executives. She is skilled in relationship building and establishing trust with her client partners. Diana is an expert in aligning training with the values, academic targets, fiscal responsibilities, and managerial direction of universities, colleges, and corporations. An energetic, results-oriented professional, Diana takes great pride in influencing the human side of business. She is intuitive with a passion for helping individuals, teams, and organizations perform. Diana has studied at the University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University and Athabasca University, specializing in adult learning, human systems, organizational development and business management. She is a Certified Coaching Practitioner and certified in profiling tools including the MBTI®, Certified Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ-i), True Colors®, and Life Skills.

NATALIE GURIEL, BA, MMPA, C.MGR

Natalie GurielNatalie Guriel is a professor of management at York University. Natalie holds a master’s degree in management and professional accounting from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and an honours BA in political science from the University of Toronto. Her professional designations include the Certified in Management, Professional Manager, and Chartered Manager designations from the Canadian Institute of Management. Natalie has enjoyed teaching business management courses for over 10 years. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate business courses at several other universities across Canada. Courses taught include Foundations in Management, Accounting Theory, Financial Accounting II, Management Accounting, Advanced Management Accounting, Taxation and Introduction to Administrative Studies. She has received recognition for her teaching excellence and for her contributions to curriculum development. Previous to her academic career, Natalie worked as a taxation and accounting specialist in a variety of management-related roles in the software, retail, and service industries. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Management as well as the Academy of Management in the United States.

Sandra Iacobelli, CPA, LLM

Sandra Iacobelli is a CPA with over 15 years of experience in industry and a wide breadth of lecturing experience in introductory and advanced level accounting and assurance courses. Sandra proactively liaises with the professional accounting body for various school initiatives and frequently acts as Session Leader and Curriculum Developer for CPA Ontario. Sandra provides professional development consulting services to a consortium of 10 mid-sized public accounting firms in the Greater Toronto Area representing approximately 200 chartered accountants. Sandra holds a Masters of Laws with a specialization in business law and research in the area of taxation.

Chowdhury Shameem Mahmoud, MS, PhD

Chowdhury ShameenChowdhury Shameem Mahmoud is an Assistant Professor in the department of Economics at York University. Prior to coming to York he taught at UNB in Saint John and at Concordia University. He completed his post-doctoral research at the Center for World Food Studies (SOW-VU) where he worked with survey, census and data analysis. Chowdhury Shameem has gained valuable teaching experience by offering courses on various topics for both economics majors and non-majors. These include, but are not limited to: microeconomics; macroeconomics; industrial organization; public finance; mathematical statistics; international trade; statistics and econometrics. Chowdhury Shameem is a graduate of Purdue University where he completed his MS in 2001 and his PhD in 2005.

Sidney Peters, BA, LLB

Sidney PetersSidney Peters is a practicing lawyer in Ontario. She is currently Crown Counsel in the public sector where she manages a dynamic litigation and solicitor practice. Sidney was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2004. Her practice has involved litigating and advising the government in several legal areas including: employment law; workplace health and safety; trust law; business law; debtor/creditor; family law; personal injury; guardianship law; social welfare; asset and risk management; and law reform. Sidney has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario.

Lior Yitzhaky, BCOM, MBA

Lior Yitzhaky is a CPA with over 15 years of experience in numerous industries.  Lior obtained his Bachelor of Commerce and MBA degrees and has professional experience within firms as a CFO, as well as many consulting projects that have taken him across Canada and to locations in other countries. Lior has taught at a number of Canadian universities for over 11 years, in all accounting areas. He is also in the process of completing his PhD degree in accounting with a research focus on cross cultural issues in management accounting.

Transfer Credit

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of three equivalent course credits from other post-secondary institutions and receive advanced standing. Transfer Credit requests can be forwarded to the Program Assistant for approval via email at continue@yorku.ca, or in writing to: School of Continuing Studies, Attention Post-Degree Certificate in Accounting Program Manager 4700 Keele Street – Room 116 Atkinson Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3. For both the full-time and online programs, prospective students are permitted to transfer three courses with approval of the Program Manager (discounted based on cost of course).

The School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for assessing transfer credit for CPA course equivalency. CPA-bound students are responsible for ensuring they have completed all of the CPA preparatory course requirements for entry to the CPA Professional Education Program. Approved courses for advanced standing in the York University School of Continuing Studies program must meet the following criteria:

  1. There must be a 90% overlap in content and curriculum, and equivalent number of contact hours as the courses offered in the School of Continuing Studies program.
  2. The courses must be at the university level (from an accredited academic institution) with a grade of B or better. Only CPA-recognized College equivalents will be considered for transfer credit from a Canadian College with a grade of B or better. Please include CPA documentation with course outline at the time of submission.
  3. All submissions must be sent in writing to the Program Manager along with
  • an official transcript outlining the course completed
  • the contact hours
  • the final grade
  • the official transcript (sealed)

Full course outlines must also be submitted that contain

  • the full course description
  • learning objectives
  • assessment and reading materials
  • weekly content covered

Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed.

Admissions

To be admitted to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, applicants must have:

  • a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a C/60% average or a Canadian college diploma with a B/70% average (or equivalent)
  • official transcripts (International students: please provide original English translated copy of university degree and transcripts)
  • completed online application form
  • proof of language proficiency (International students only)
IELTS TOEFL Paper TOEFL Computer TOEFL Internet TOEIC Cambridge ESOL CELT
6.5 575 232 83 720 CAE – C 75

There is an application fee of $79 payable upon submission of your application for the full-time program.

Students may register directly for the online program but may be asked to provide transcripts and proof of language proficiency to verify eligibility.

You will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required by the Program Manager.

Language Proficiency

An IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) is required to be admitted in this program.

IELTS TOEFL Paper TOEFL Computer TOEFL Internet TOEIC Cambridge ESOL CELT
6.5 575 232 83 720 CAE – C 75

If your IELTS score is 6.0 or lower, please contact the English Language Institute at yueli@yorku.ca or on +1 416 736 5353

Career Qualifications

Graduates of the Certificate in Accounting are prepared for a wealth of different career options within the industry. Please see below for the anticipated educational, certificate, and work experience requirements for each position type.

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Advisory Council

Accounting Advisory Council

Senior executives from many of Toronto’s leading organizations help us ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge that employers value most, including the following:

  • Gary Spraakman, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
  • Allister Byrne, Former President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV) retired
  • Edward Jonasson, CFO, Xagenic Inc.
  • Tom Kofman, CA, CPA, Chairman, M Partners Inc.
  • Tara Lenaghan, MBA, FICB Head, Global Learning & Development Operations, KPMG International
  • Andrea Linhofer, Partner, Deloitte
  • Grant McEwen, CPA, CA, SVP & CFO, Chubb Insurance
  • Nadine Petsche, MBA CPA CA, Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Drew Stewart, Head, Capital Markets & Product Operations Accounting, BMO
  • Susan Wolcott, Thought Leader for CPA Canada, Accounting Instructor, and Independent Scholar

 

FAQs

Formats

Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is offered in a full-time, in-class format, or an online format. To select the appropriate program, consider the format that best suits your learning style, your schedule, and your need for flexibility.

FULL-TIME IN-CLASS FORMAT:

  • Classes meet daily (Monday–Friday) from 1pm – 5pm with specific days allocated as study days.
  • Class size will range from 25–50 students, with a mix of domestic and international students.
  • All classes are held at the main campus of York University at Keele and Steeles.
  • You should expect 12 to 14 hours of reading per week in addition to assignments and test preparation.

ONLINE FORMAT

This format was designed to make our program accessible to those working full-time, or those who may not be able to complete the course within a specific timeframe.

  • Courses may be completed according to your schedule; there is no “live” requirement.
  • You will go through the program with the same group of people, allowing for a deeper peer-learning experience.
  • You will know when each course is scheduled at the beginning so you can plan accordingly.
  • Courses will not be cancelled, so you can complete the program on time.
  • You will get the summer off to relax and recharge.
  • You should expect to allocate six to nine hours per week to complete your work.
  • Final exams will be done online from the comfort of your home on the last Sunday of the course.

The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.

How do I get my certificate and graduate?

The School of Continuing Studies has a student record review process of students that have completed courses in the previous semester. Students who have successfully completed all the program requirements are eligible to graduate. Students are not required to formally apply to graduate.

Students will have their course grades reviewed by the Program Manager as they approach the end of the program. Students should expect to receive their Certificates in August/September by mail.

Library privileges

Students enrolled in all of our Certificate programs have access to the York University Library. The School of Continuing Studies will provide you with the library application form.

How do I get the books and reading materials, and how much do they cost?

It is wise to budget approximately $150 – $200 per course. All the books and reading materials will be available at the York University bookstore. You can also order your books online at http://bookstore.yorku.ca/

If you would like to visit the bookstore in person, store hours are as follows:

Monday & Tuesday 9am–7pm
Wednesday–Friday 9am–5pm

Open Saturday for the month of September.

CLOSED Saturday & Sunday.

What does it mean to be in a cohort?

Students in a cohort travel together through the program, learn through shared experiences as a group, and complete courses in a designated sequence.

The cohort model provides an opportunity to network and build professional relationships that may extend beyond the program. Therefore, the courses cannot be taken at your own pace.

Is online learning right for you?

Online courses are convenient but require additional responsibilities. We recommend you consider the following before choosing to study online.

How are your time-management skills?

Time-management and study skills are very important in an online course. It’s hard to catch up once you’ve fallen behind. You’ll have group members depending upon your regular participation, and assignment deadlines to keep in mind. But if you follow the instructor’s suggested weekly schedule, you can stay on track.

Will you be able to take initiative?

In an online course, you’ll need to be comfortable with an instructor in the role of course leader/guide rather than lecturer. You’ll be absorbing information from readings, discussions, and questions. You’ll need to be willing to ask for the help you need from your instructor or TA, from classmates, or from the distance education/technical support.

Can you devote approximately six to nine hours of study time per week for each course?

While online courses are more convenient, they’re not necessarily easier. They often require more time than a lecture on campus because you are responsible for managing your learning. When you study online it’s easier for other activities to take priority and keep you from getting to your course work.

Are you comfortable expressing your thoughts in writing?

In an online course, you may be asked to write defensively and argue thoughts and issues as you communicate in the discussion area. You’ll need to be ready to share and post your thoughts and opinions with your fellow students in a respectful manner. The benefit is that you can take the time to think about what you are writing.

Do you have regular access to a computer and the Internet?

You will be required to log into the course website on a regular basis. All academic work and communications will be located there so it is important to log in a few times a week.

Are you open to learning some new Web-related skills?

In order to participate in your online course, you’ll need to feel comfortable navigating the course website by using a browser, email, discussions, chats/wikis, and assessment tools. You’ll have the chance to learn and practise these skills as you participate in your course.

 

What technology is required to attend the online program?

In order to attend the online program, you will be required to have the following:

  • a computer
  • a high-speed Internet connection
  • a Web cam (for exam proctoring)

Where can I obtain information about my classroom?

Two weeks before the start of the program, you will receive a letter via email containing all necessary program information including:

  • Program Schedule of Dates and Times
  • Classroom location
  • York University policies and procedures
  • Information on how to access the library at York University
  • School of Continuing Studies contact information

Tuition

A Post-Degree Certificate in Accounting is well worth the investment, both for career prospecting and career satisfaction. Please review the tuition requirements below, especially if you’re an international student.

  • Full-time program tuition for domestic students: $6,392 (HST exempt)
  • Full-time program tuition for international students: $14,400 (HST exempt)
  • Part-time (online) program for both domestic and international students: $5,800 (HST exempt)

Instalment Plan Policy

Full-time program

The School of Continuing Studies allows students in certificate programs the option of paying in two or more installments. You must pay the initial payment as stated below and then make any number of online payments that you choose, provided you pay the entire balance before the stated due date. Students opting for the instalment plan will also be charged a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $125 that is due at the time of registration. The following are the details of the instalment plan policy according to the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting:

  • Domestic Students – The first payment of 50% of the tuition fee is due upon registration, with the balance due before September 1, 2017.
  • International Students – The first payment of $4,999 is due upon registration, with the remaining balance due before September 1, 2017.. Please note, if you enrol in a package that includes additional English Language Preparation programs, there may be additional costs and balance obligations.
  • Customized payment plans are available to align to employer policies but are not available for individuals. For further information please contact the Program Manager at 416-736-5616.
  • A student that fails to make instalment payments as required will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Part-time Programs (Online)

The first payment of $1,450 is due at registration with each of three instalments due at the start of the subsequent terms.

For example, for online students beginning in Winter 2017, payment 2 would be due on January 9, 2017, payment 3 would be due May 15, 2017 and payment 4 would be due October 23, 2017.

Application procedure

Full-time

To apply for the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, submit a completed application package online. Review the detailed admission requirements to understand what’s required. The application package must include the following items:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency (for international students only)
  • $79 application fee (non-refundable)

Applications will be reviewed when all required documentation is received. Applicants will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required by the Program Manager.

While we highly recommend that international students submit their applications early to allow sufficient time to obtain a visa, applications must be received three weeks prior to the start of your course.

Domestic applications are due: September 1, 2017

Part-time Online

To register for the part-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting, register directly online. Review the detailed admission requirements to understand what’s required. You may be contacted and required to provide the following:

  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency (for international students only)

You will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required by the Program Manager.

Transfer credit

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of two equivalent course credits from other post-secondary institutions and receive advanced standing. Transfer Credit requests can be forwarded to the Program Assistant for approval via email at continue@yorku.ca, or in writing to: School of Continuing Studies, Attention Post-Degree Certificate in Accounting Program Manager 4700 Keele Street – Room 116 Atkinson Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3. For both the full-time and online programs, prospective students are permitted to transfer two courses with approval of the Program Manager (discounted based on cost of course).

The School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for assessing transfer credit for CPA course equivalency. CPA-bound students are responsible for ensuring they have completed all of the CPA preparatory course requirements for entry to the CPA Professional Education Program. Approved courses for advanced standing in the York University School of Continuing Studies program must meet the following criteria:

  1. There must be a 90% overlap in content and curriculum, and equivalent number of contact hours as the courses offered in the School of Continuing Studies program.
  2. The courses must be at the university level (from an accredited academic institution) with a grade of B or better. Only CPA-recognized College equivalents will be considered for transfer credit from a Canadian College with a grade of B or better. Please include CPA documentation with course outline at the time of submission.
  3. All submissions must be sent in writing to the Program Manager along with
  • an official transcript outlining the course completed
  • the contact hours
  • the final grade
  • the official transcript (sealed)

Full course outlines must also be submitted that contain

  • the full course description
  • learning objectives
  • assessment and reading materials
  • weekly content covered

Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed.

What if I miss an exam?

You should be making every effort to meet York University’s General Academic Regulations, as well as each of your courses’ requirements. This includes attendance, assignments, and tests/exams. We understand, however, that unforeseen circumstances arise that may force you to miss an exam. If that’s the case, you must contact your instructor before the scheduled exam date by email. Please include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence in the message. You must also provide valid documentation (i.e., a doctor’s note, death certificate, court/legal documentation, etc.) immediately following your return before alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that valid documentation has to be applicable to the assessment date.

What if I miss a class?

If possible, please contact your instructor before the class. In your message, be sure to include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence. You’ll then be required to make arrangements with your instructor to make up the missed hours. Normally, the instructor will assign you a short assignment based on the readings of the class missed.

Class cancellations due to instructor absence

Like our students, York University instructors work hard to make it to every class on time. However, should he or she be forced to cancel your class due to an absence, you will be notified via email as soon as possible by the School of Continuing Studies. Instructor absences will also be posted on the course website on the Moodle learning management system in the course announcements section. Upon the instructor’s return to class, make-up class details will be discussed.

Electronic devices

Students can use laptops and other electronic devices during class. Out of respect for your instructor and fellow classmates, please reserve the use of electronic equipment during class time for academic purposes. Instructors reserve the right to ask students to leave the classroom if they do not comply with this practice.

Recording devices

Students are not permitted to record lectures or take pictures without the consent of instructors and/or fellow students. We ask that students not post course content on external websites. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services and have accommodations approved for recording lectures are permitted to do so with the instructor’s knowledge.

Academic concerns during a course

If you have a concern regarding an assignment, midterm exam, etc., you should first meet with the instructor to discuss the situation. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, only then should you contact the Program Manager.

Final examination procedures

In-class program

Final examinations are held typically on the last day of the course (during scheduled class time) in the full-time program, and on the last Sunday of each course in the part-time online program (if applicable for a particular course). Online exams will be proctored using an online proctoring service, which requires a webcam and high-speed Internet connection. Remember, if you do not attend an exam without prior notification and valid documents, you will receive a grade of zero (0%). The following rules apply to all testing situations:

  • Photo ID is required and must be displayed during the exam.
  • Backpacks, purses, wallets, etc., must be placed in a location designated by the proctor.
  • Students may not turn over and begin the exam until the proctor directs them to do so.
  • Students are not permitted to talk after the exam has started, except to the proctor.
  • Students may not leave in the first 30 minutes of an exam.
  • Students may not enter the exam room after 30 minutes, or after any student has exited the exam room.
  • The proctor has the authority to assign seats.
  • No unauthorized software is permitted in computer exams.
  • All personal electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from the student.
  • Mathematical calculators are allowed, if needed.
  • Should a student need to leave the room during the exam for a washroom break, they may be accompanied. The proctor will ensure the elapsed time is reasonable. No other student will be permitted to leave the class until the previous student returns.

Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities, as determined by SCS. Please contact the Program Manager for more information regarding accommodations.

Online program

Students have the option of coming to York University’s Keele Campus to write their final exams with their peers or use the services of a virtual proctoring company called B Virtual: – http://bvirtualinc.com/
The final exam on schedule can be found in the course outline.

Online proctoring allows a student to take their exam online from a quiet and distraction-free location, typically their home. B Virtual’s certified online proctors help students schedule their exam, test their technology components, and successfully complete their online exam while at home. The various benefits include the convenience of taking the online exam without having to travel to a testing center location. The cost per exam per course is approximately $30–35 US, which is not included in student tuition.

Alternate Examination Dates/Special Accommodation

Remember, it is your responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations* and procedures related to alternative examinations, or your course instructor in cases of missed coursework, within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam. Unfortunately, failure to do so will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam, and no further consideration will be granted.

Note: Supporting documentation will be required, but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

The School of Continuing Studies works in partnership with York University’s Counselling & Disability Services and the Office of the Registrar to support alternate exam and test accommodation services for students with disabilities at the Keele campus. Please submit any Alternate Exam and test requests at least three (3) weeks in advance of the scheduled test dates. Requesting an Alternate Exam or answers to frequently asked questions can be found at Academic Accommodation, School of Continuing Studies

Academic Disputes, Resolution and Appeal Policy

Students with sufficient academic grounds may request that a final grade or an assignment in a course be reappraised. To start the process, please complete a reappraisal form. Next, contact the Program Manager to discuss the grade received, and to request a re-review of a specific submission. He or she will select an appropriate instructor to look at the work in question, and will maintain anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser. Please note that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered, or confirmed. Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals.

Help make our courses better

Student evaluations of both courses and instructors are an invaluable tool that we use to modify our programs based on your feedback, and we ask all students to participate in these anonymous evaluations either in-class or online.

How do I view my grades online?

You can access the student portal on our main website landing page at this link: Student Portal. You will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal. Once final grades are submitted to the School of Continuing Studies office and approved, they will appear on your personal student record. The School of Continuing Studies does not provide official grade letters. If you require a letter confirming your attendance in the Program, please call our Registration Assistant at 416-736-2100 Ext 44617.

Grades

Grade Grade Point Per Cent Range Description
A+ 9 90-100 Exceptional
A 8 80-89 Excellent
B+ 7 75-79 Very Good
B 6 70-74 Good
C+ 5 65-69 Competent
C 4 60-64 Fairly Competent
D+ 3 55-59 Passing
D 2 50-54 Marginally Passing
E 1 (marginally below 50%) Marginally Failing
F 0 (below 50%) Failing

Definitions of Grading Descriptions

  • A+ Exceptional. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • A Excellent. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B+ Very Good. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B Good. Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C+ Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C Fairly Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D+ Passing. Slightly better than minimal knowledge of required concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D Barely Passing. Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • E Marginally Failing.
  • F Failing.

How do I obtain a course or tax receipt?

Income Tax receipts will be available online on the School of Continuing Studies website in February. Select “Tax Receipts” and it will lead you to a secure login page that you can access using your student number and password. Please refer to the income tax guide for allowable deductions.

Session transfers

Please contact the Program Manager if you wish to transfer to another session. Transfer requests may only be granted for documented medical reasons.

Cancellation of programs

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses, and students will receive a full refund of fees paid. The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, and course dates, times, locations, and/or instructors. Please note that the School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for travel cancellation charges that students may incur.

Fees

Ancillary and Service Fees
Withdrawal Fees for certificate programs $100.00 per course
Continuing Studies Student Record Fee $ 15.00 (plus HST)
Exam/assignment duplication fee $ 15.00 (plus HST)
Returned cheques $ 25.00
Installment fee (NON-REFUNDABLE) $ 125.00 **
Certificate replacement fee $ 52.00 (plus HST)

How do I withdraw from the Program and get a refund?

Students registered in a program offered by the School of Continuing Studies may withdraw from the program. However, they are strongly advised to consult with the Program Manager before a final decision is made. A full refund is granted only when the School of Continuing Studies cancels a program. Refunds will be issued by the method of payment that was used (credit card, cheque if original payment was money order and Wire Transfer). Withdrawal requests must be submitted on the official School of Continuing Studies Withdrawal Request Form to the School of Continuing Studies and subject terms listed in the table below.

Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

Full-time Program

Domestic Students International Students*
Withdrawal from the program:

  • Up to the initial application deadline (July 15 for Fall Program start and November 15 for Winter program start) is permitted minus a program fee of $250.
  • After the initial application deadline: a $250 program fee + $100/course (total of $1,250) will be retained by the School.
  • After program start date: no refund.
Withdraw from the program:

  • Up to the initial application deadline (June 1 for Fall Program start and October 1 for Winter program start) is permitted minus a program fee of $250.
  • After the initial application deadline: a $3999 + $250 will be retained by the School.
  • After the program start date: no refund.

* Exceptions: VISA denials or students who have not obtained visa by the visa deadline date receive full refund minus a $250 program fee plus non-refundable instalment plan fee of $125 if applicable. The School of Continuing Studies would be pleased to defer the registration to the next session date.

Part-time Online Program

Please complete the Withdrawal Request Form and email it to continue@yorku.ca.

  • If you withdraw 7 calendar days prior to the start of the program, you will receive a 75% refund of program tuition instalment and no academic penalty.
  • If you withdraw between 6 calendar days prior to the start of the program to 14 calendar days after the start of the program, you will receive a 50% refund of program tuition instalment and no academic penalty.
  • No refunds will be issued after the first 14 days of the program.

How do I obtain a copy of my Student Record?

Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

If you are a School of Continuing Studies student and require a copy of your Student Record, please access the Student Portal, (you will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal) and click on the Grades link.

What happens if I fail a course?

If you do not pass a course (achieve a final grade below 50% or D) you may still be permitted to continue in the Program if the course is not a pre-requisite for the subsequently scheduled course in the Program, however, you will have to repeat that course with another cohort. If a failed course is a pre-requisite for the subsequent course in the program, you will not be permitted to continue in the Program.

General York University Policies

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/index-policies.html

Academic Honesty

  • Ethics Review Process for research involving human participants
  • Course requirement accommodation for students with disabilities, including physical, medical, systemic, learning, and psychiatric disabilities
  • Student Conduct Standards
  • Religious Observance Accommodation

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage:

http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/index-policies.html

Confidentiality

In the spirit of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), York University and the School of Continuing Studies work to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will document the amount of personal information that is collected, used, or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information is omitted from all written documents. To maintain privacy, students should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class. We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect.
  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom.
  • The instructor will decide whether such an atmosphere is no longer present in a class, and is trained to take appropriate steps to return to a professional environment.

If you feel this policy has been violated, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible. You may be asked to provide a detailed written description of the complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the School of Continuing Studies for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/ Please find the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities here: http://www.yorku.ca/oscr/pdfs/CodeofRightsandResponsibilities.pdf

University closures/class cancellations

Weather Rule

If the University is open, classes will be running. If the University is closed, classes will not be running. Any missed classes will be rescheduled. University Closures/Class Cancellations: (416.736.5600 OR www.yorku.ca). While this is rare, weather and/or other emergencies do occur that require us to suspend our operations. While every effort will be made to contact students, this is not always possible. If you are unsure of whether the course is running, please call the University’s weather/emergency information line, or check our Twitter feed (@Continue_YorkU).

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