Diploma Program

Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration

This program of study allows students already in appropriate graduate programs at York University, including but not limited to the MPPAL, to specialize formally in the area of Justice System Administration, and to be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration.

The diploma aims to equip students with both analytical and practical insights needed to help administer justice system programs fairly, responsively and effectively, and is geared to students who aspire to leadership positions in the justice system.

This Graduate Diploma must be completed at the same time as your Graduate Degree. It is not offered as a stand alone Graduate Diploma.

Each student is exposed to an in-depth analysis of the literature on judicial administration in Canada, with relevant comparisons to other related jurisdictions. In addition, students will be exposed to a related body of literature on law and public administration, and students without substantial managerial experience in the justice system will complete a 12 week work placement.


  1. Completion of the core course, PPAL 6140 3.00 Court Organization and Management (also cross-listed as GS/LAW 6719 3.00)
  2. An internship (to be completed by all students without substantial work/work related experience in the justice system)
  3. A Major Research Paper (MRP) or Topics in Public Policy course paper, related to justice system administration.

Note that for all students except those master’s students registered with the Schulich School of Business or the Faculty of Environmental Studies, PPAL 6140/LAW 6719 is an additional requirement, over and above the regular degree requirements, and may not be counted toward the course requirements for the masters or Doctoral degrees.

For graduate diploma students registered in Schulich or ES programs: Graduate diploma students must write a research paper beyond the normal degree requirements on a topic related to justice system administration approved by the Coordinator.

For any questions about the diploma, please contact Prof. Soren Frederiksen, the diploma coordinator, at sdfred@yorku.ca