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Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development- Policies

School Policies

Ancillary and Service Fees 
Application Fee$79.00
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
Certificate replacement fee$ 52.00 (plus HST)

To be admitted to Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development, applicants must have:

  • Baccalaureate degree or diploma in computer science, network technology, web development, or similar
  • Official transcript(s) from all previously attended institutions (note: if transcript is not in English please provide English-translated copy)
  • Completed online application form including Statement of Interest
  • Proof of English language proficiency, unless: a) first language is English, or b) previously completed one year of full-time study in country or institution where English is the official language of instruction.
  • Please review our proficiency pathway page to ensure you meet the criteria for program entry and language placement.

Applicants will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required. We highly recommend that international students submit their applications early to gain entry into the program (many fill up) and allow sufficient time to obtain a visa.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credit for relevant prior learning at an accredited or recognized college or university. A request for transfer credit must include the following:

  1. There must at least 80% overlap in content or learning outcomes, and it must equal or exceed the number of hours of the York University course.
  2. Minimum grade of C for university credit and B for college credit.
  3. Courses must be taken within the last 5 years.

A request for transfer credit must include:

  • A copy of the transcript. Students will be randomly audited for official transcripts and must produce such transcript upon request.
  • Full course outline, which includes course code, term, course description, learning outcomes/objectives, course materials, weekly breakdown of learning, and the evaluation scheme

Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed. All completed transfer credit packages MUST be received before the start date of the first course to be considered.

Transfer credit requests can be forwarded to the Program Manager at cpepm@yorku.ca, or in writing to: School of Continuing Studies, Attention Blockchain Development Program Manager 4700 Keele Street – Room 116 Atkinson Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 as needed. Please note that the School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for travel cancellation charges that students may incur.

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.

Domestic StudentsInternational Students*
Up to the initial application deadline, a full refund is permitted minus a program fee of $250.After the initial application deadline, a refund is permitted less
o a program fee of $250 and
o $100/course.After program start date, no refund is permitted.
Up to the initial application deadline, a full refund is permitted minus a program fee of $250.After the initial application deadline, $4999 will be retained by the School, which includes a program fee of $250.After program start date, no refund is permitted.

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

Students who do not pass a course normally cannot proceed to the next course and must retake it at its next available offering. In rare circumstances and when the student is near a passing grade, a student may be able to remediate through completion of a similar course online or develop a learning/remediation plan with the Program Manager and instructor.

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.

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.

The School of Continuing Studies works in partnership with York University’s Student Accessibility Services to support our students.  Students who need special accommodations must be assessed by Student Accessibility Services before alternate arrangements can be made.  Please visit their website (https://accessibility.students.yorku.ca/) for details on how to register with their department.

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

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

  • 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 https://www.yorku.ca/scdr/ Please find the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities here:  https://www.yorku.ca/oscr/pdfs/CodeofRightsandResponsibilities.pdf