Administrative Studies (now Commerce)

Are you passionate about management and business professions such as accounting, marketing or logistics? Majoring in Commerce at York will expose you to the fundamentals of the corporate and private world and the different professions that support organizations. Offered by the School of Administrative Studies within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, you can follow both the Ordinary (90 Cr) or one of the seven Honour streams (120 Cr) degree options. You will be able to have a generalist degree or focus your studies on one of the different areas of business specialization (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Business Research or ITEC). More than just a degree from one of the largest business programs in Canada, a degree in Commerce at York will expose you to professional skills and 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.

  • Account manager
  • Actuary
  • Accountant (CPA)
  • Advertising Manager
  • Auditor (CPA, CIA, CISA)
  • Banker (CFP, CFA)
  • Benefits coordinator
  • Business analyst
  • Brand Manager
  • Broker
  • Cost accountant (CPA)
  • Database administrator
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Disaster response coordinator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial analyst (CFA)
  • Financial planner (CFP)
  • Market Researcher/Analyst
  • Operations manager
  • Personnel manager
  • Planning/budget analyst
  • Policy adviser
  • Politician
  • Recruiter
  • Risk Analyst
  • Strategic planner
  • Supply chain coordinator/manager
  • Tax auditor

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.