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FAQs – McMaster/Mohawk Affiliated Certificates

Common questions about the McMaster/Mohawk Affiliated Certificates program including information on the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Business Studies and Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector certificates.

FAQs

What qualifications will the  Social Sciences affiliated certificates provide?

The McMaster/Mohawk affiliated certificates provide practical skills that are attractive to future employers in all aspects of work in both the private and public sector. These specialized certificates  are exclusive to Social Sciences students and provide a valuable opportunity to attain foundation knowledge in the key aspects of an organization, which our students might not normally have the opportunity to acquire. These courses balance the theoretical knowledge you expect from a university with the hands-on, skills based learning associated with a college curriculum and real work situations.

When can I start taking courses toward the affiliated certificate?

To qualify you must be eligible for entry into a Level 2 or higher Social Sciences program. In June, you may begin selecting your required certificate courses for the Fall/Winter session. We recommend taking 6 to 9 units of  certificate electives in Level 2. This will provide you with the flexibility to fit the total of six courses (18 units) required for the affiliated certificate into the normal time span of your degree.

What if I am unable to complete the full certificate?

You may use your Social Sciences affiliated certificate courses towards the elective component of your undergraduate degree.

 

What courses are required to complete an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) certificate? 

The following six courses (18 units) are required: 

Soc Sci 2UA3 Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis 1 

Soc Sci 2UB3 Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis 2 

Soc Sci 2UE3 Ethical Practice in the Field of Applied Behaviour Analysis* 

Soc Sci 2UF3 Professional Relationships with Families and Teams* 

Soc Sci 2UR3 Single Subject Research Design 

Soc Sci 2US3 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

*Soc Sci 2UE3 and 2UF3 may be offered in alternate years

 

What courses are required to complete a Business Studies Certificate?

The following six courses (18 units) are required: 

Soc Sci 2AC3   Financial & Managerial Accounting for Social Sciences

Soc Sci 2BU3   Introduction to Business for Social Sciences

Soc Sci 2EN3   Entrepreneurial Training for Social Sciences

Soc Sci 2HR3* Human Resources Management for Social Sciences

Soc Sci 2MR3  Introduction to Marketing for Social Sciences

Soc Sci 2PF3    Personal Financial Management for Social Sciences

*2HR3 is part of both the Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector and the Business Studies Certificate



Are the Business Studies courses recognized as teachables?

The Faculties of Education at Queens and Western have approved the Business Studies courses as "ABQ" additional basic qualification that qualified teachers take to receive a new teachable at the Intermediate or Senior level.

 

What courses are required to complete a Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector? 

The following six courses (18 units) are required:

Soc Sci 2BR3   Board & Staff Responsibilities 

Soc Sci 2HR3* Human Resources Management for Social Sciences

Soc Sci 2LC3   Leadership and Communications 

Soc Sci 2OP3  Operation Planning for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Soc Sci 2RD3  Resource Development 

Soc Sci 2SP3   Strategic and Long-Range Planning 

*2HR3 is part of both the Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector and the Business Studies Certificate

 

How do I receive a Social Sciences affiliated certificate?

You apply for the specialized affiliated certificate in the final year of your program, when you file your Graduation Information Card.  The Faculty Reviewing committee will verify that the approved six courses (18 units overall) have been completed.

 

How will these courses affect my fees?

The cost is included as part of your regular tuition fees.  See attached link for current fees: http://www.mcmaster.ca/bms/student/SAC_fees_ug.html

 

Will the Social Sciences affiliated certificate courses qualify for OSAP?

Yes.  The courses required  for the affiliated certificate are part of your undergraduate degree, and each course is 3 units elective credit towards your course load for OSAP.  See attached link for OSAP eligibility: http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/osap.html

 

Are there enrolment limits on courses?

All McMaster courses have a fixed number of places available, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Therefore, you should not delay your registration if you are keen to get into a specific course(s).  If the course is already full, you will be notified immediately so you can make an alternate selection.

 

Are the courses offered at McMaster?

All the affiliated certificate courses are taught at McMaster University by highly qualified Mohawk College professors.  A specialized affiliated certificate is issued by Mohawk College upon graduation with your Social Sciences degree.

 

Is Math required?

Grade 11 M or U Math is recommended for Soc Sci 2AC3 Financial & Managerial Accounting for Social Sciences. 

Grade 12 M or U Math is recommended Soc Sci 2PF3 Personal Financial Management for Social Sciences.

 

What is the difference between a Social Sciences Business Studies certificate and a Minor in Business?

The Business Studies certificate is available to all Social Sciences students in a 3-or 4-level program.  This specialized certificate is issued by Mohawk College at the time of graduation and upon successful completion of 18 units of approved Business Studies courses for Social Sciences students.  

The Minor in Business is restricted to students in a 4- or 5-level program in any Faculty.  To pursue a Minor in Business students must be registered in an Honours program and complete a minimum of 24 units including 6 units of Introductory Economics, with a minimum grade of B- in Economics 1B03.

 

What is the difference between a Social Sciences affiliated certificate and a certificate or diploma from the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE)?

The affiliated certificate courses are offered at McMaster and only available to students registered in the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Each individual course qualifies for 3 units of elective credit towards an undergraduate degree.  A specialized certificate is issued by Mohawk College at the time of graduation and upon successful completion of 18 units of approved affiliated certificate courses for Social Sciences students.   

CCE courses are offered at the Downtown Centre and transfer credit for unspecified electives is awarded upon successful completion of the full certificate (a minimum of eight courses), individual courses do not qualify for undergraduate credit and the grades are not included in your cumulative average.  CCE courses do not qualify for OSAP. 

 

Upon completion of an affiliated certificate at McMaster University will I receive advance credit towards a full certificate/diploma from Mohawk College?

These Mohawk-based courses are designed and delivered in a way that allows a pathway for students to further Mohawk College diploma/certificate completion.  Social Sciences graduates with a specialized affiliated certificate will qualify for advanced standing from Mohawk College on a case by case basis.  For more information, please refer to the attached link or contact Mohawk College directly.   

http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/college-university-transfer-credit.html 

 

If I graduate from McMaster before completing all the courses required for an affiliated certificate, is it possible to complete the remaining course(s) and receive a certificate from Mohawk College?

Final year students who are unable to complete the six courses required for an affiliated Business Studies certificate have the option of applying to Mohawk College to take the outstanding courses and complete a certificate from Mohawk. Mohawk will exempt courses completed at McMaster towards a certificate, however, students may not transfer individual courses completed at Mohawk towards their undergraduate degree at McMaster. The certificate will then be issued directly from Mohawk College upon completion of the program requirements (there will not be a notation on their McMaster transcript). Students may contact Mohawk College for more information on completing outstanding courses towards a Mohawk College affiliated certificate:

http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/college-university-transfer-credit.html 

 

Upon completion of the required 18 units for an affiliated certificate, is it possible to receive the certificate prior to completing my Social Sciences degree? 

The specialized affiliated certificate is awarded upon graduation with your Social Sciences undergraduate degree.

 

Is it possible to substitute a course with similar content toward the affiliated certificate?

We will consider an equivalent course (up to a maximum of 6 units) on an individual basis.  Please speak with a Social Sciences Academic Advisor in KTH/129 or call ext. 23772.

 

If I complete the 18 units required for the Social Sciences affiliated certificate, and I transfer to another Faculty, will I still be eligible to receive the certificate?  

The Social Sciences specialized affiliated certificate is only available to students completing a Social Sciences degree.

 

If I transfer to another Faculty, will the Social Sciences affiliated courses count
towards my degree?  

The Social Sciences affiliated certificate courses are available for elective credit only. You may consult your Faculty Advisor to determine the amount of elective credit eligible for transfer.

 

Will the required courses for a Social Sciences affiliated certificate be available
in the summer? 

Please refer to the University Summer Timetable for course availability.

 

 

What is the maximum number of McMaster/Mohawk certificate courses I can register in?

Students enrolled in a 3-year degree program may take a maximum of six of the courses that can be used towards an affiliated certificate and students enrolled in a 4-year degree program may take a maximum of eight of these courses.