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Welcome to the School of Administrative Studies

Choose your way to a career in business or management.

We are home to one of the largest undergraduate business programs–and offer the most comprehensive range of Disaster & Emergency Management programs–in Canada. We provide flexible study options for busy and aspiring professionals to study while working. Our distinctive programs include undergraduate, graduate and professional certificate options in several business and management streams.

You’ll gain in-demand knowledge and skills from experts with years of high-level academic and professional experience. Our award-winning faculty are committed to delivering quality industry-accredited programming and hands-on learning opportunities. 

Whatever your motivation–working for an industry leader, taking over a family firm, starting a new venture, building up a not-for-profit organization or leading a municipal emergency management office–our practical programs are teaching foundations across sectors and connecting students directly to industry.

Here’s how we stand out

  • We offer flexible scheduling – full- and part-time classes are available at Keele campus in the daytime, evening and online.
  • Choose to study at our space in IBM Canada headquarters in Markham, Ont., a high-profile and dynamic learning environment.
  • Making a global impact, our internationally recognized faculty conduct innovative research in a broad range of fields. 

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In the 2024 Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings by Subject report, Accounting & Finance ranked in the top 150 in the world and tied for #4 in Canada.

Read our Land Acknowledgment, which recognizes the unique and enduring relationship of Indigenous people and their traditional territory.

My advice for new students is first and foremost to have fun. Always look for something that excites you within your studies to give you the motivation to follow through. Be passionate about your learning and everything you do. Reach out and make connections. Get involved with student clubs or groups of personal interest in the community. Get to know your professors. Fully commit yourself to everything you do, give 100%, and if that's not enough, reach out for help. At York there are plenty of resources at your disposal to help you go that extra mile.

— Kendra Jaffray
Student, Disaster and Emergency Management

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DEM student Kendra Jaffray