Administrative Studies

Do you want to work as an administrator in a business or an organization? Are you passionate about organization, project leadership and the coordination of various tasks to accomplish a broader goal? Majoring in Administrative Studies within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies will expose you to the theories and practices of modern business administration and management that will enable you to do just that. By following the honours option, you can further hone your skills by targeting one of seven program streams aimed at different competencies within the administrative field. In addition, third year York students in the Management, Marketing or Finance streams may be eligible to participate in a paid internship through the York Internship Program.

Career Options in Administrative Studies

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers an Administrative Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Administrative Studies than others.

  • Administrative Aid
  • Accountant
  • Banker
  • Brand Strategist
  • Business Ethics Advocate
  • Communication Consultant
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Planner
  • Executive Assistant
  • Financial Advisor
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Industrial Relations Consultant
  • Industry Analyst
  • International Aid Director
  • Journalist/Business Writer
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Worker
  • Lobbyist
  • Logistics Specialist
  • Marketing Director
  • Market Researcher
  • Media Correspondent
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Professor
  • Project Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Publisher
  • Recruiter
  • Researcher
  • Retail Strategist
  • Risk Analyst
  • Social Program Director
  • Speech Writer
  • Venture Capitalist

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through an Administrative Studies Degree

A background in Administrative Studies ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Skills

  • A solid understanding of business and management theory and how this knowledge applies to real life settings and circumstances
  • An ability to think critically about administrative challenges and to identify the necessary steps to solving them
  • Specialization (Honours) in one of the following fields: accounting, business research, finance, human resources management, management and marketing
  • An understanding of macro and microeconomic theory and the relationship between theory and business reality

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project's intended end result
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.