As of February 2018, the Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) degree has changed to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). It was a change in name only, and in no way impacted any of the rigorous requirements of the existing program. It served to increase respect for the designation.
This name change had been in discussion for many years, but the final momentum was created by students and alumni, in the form of 3,000+ signatures on a petition to rename the program to Bachelor of Commerce. The name change gained full support at all levels at York University, and was welcomed by alumni and employers because of the clarity it provides.
Our program is well respected in the industry; however, the degree name has not had universal recognition as a business degree. For instance, employers’ automated candidate screening searches for keywords on a resume often do not recognize the Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) as a business degree. We wanted to ensure that our graduates would be able to enter or advance in their chosen field from a position of confidence and continue to rise throughout their career. The degree name change to Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) helped accomplish that.