The name of our Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) degree has changed to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). It is a change in name only, and in no way impacts any of the rigorous requirements of the existing program, nor its excellence, and will only increase respect for the designation.
Why has the BAS changed to a BCom?
Dear alumni and students of the School of Administrative Studies:
We are exceptionally proud of the successes of our students and alumni. Our program is well respected in 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 want to ensure that our graduates are able to enter or advance in a chosen field of endeavour from a position of confidence and strength, and continue to rise throughout their career. The degree name change to Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will help accomplish that.
The impetus to update the name had been building for 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, while being welcomed by alumni and employers in view of the clarity it provides.
Our program is top-notch, and our graduates deserve to be known to be at the highest level. Using a well-known degree name will help immediately secure that understanding.
I hope that you will reap even greater rewards from the incredible depth and breadth of knowledge you have acquired, and with the additional recognition and prestige the new name should bring.
Professor Adriano O. Solis
Director, School of Administrative Studies
Frequently Asked Questions.
What does the BAS to BCom change mean?
It is a change in name only. The same number and groupings of credits, courses, and GPA requirements remain the same. The Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) degree merely changes its title to the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). Students and alumni do not need to do anything whatsoever.
Who does this apply to?
All students now enrolled, or enrolling in the program, when graduating, will receive a Bachelor of Commerce degree (BCom) from the School of Administrative Studies.
Any of our alumni who graduated with a BAS can get the degree changed to a BCom.
BA ADMS Graduates
Alumni who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Studies (BA ADMS) are not eligible for this change. No Bachelor of Arts program qualifies for the degree name change.
When does the BAS to BCom change occur?
Students entering the program from fall 2017 onwards will be in the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree program. The first students to graduate with the new designation will do so in February 2018.
What will the change cost?
Alumni who graduated between June 2016 and October 2017
If you graduated in June 2016, October 2016, February 2017, June 2017 or October 2017, there will not be a charge for re-designation until December 21, 2018. However, you will still have to request a record update and a new diploma. We encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
Alumni who graduated in February 2016 and before
A fee will be charged to reclassify the BAS degree to a BCom. The fee will cover the cost of adjusting the student record, adding a notation to the transcript and producing a new diploma. Delivery costs may also apply to ship a new diploma. View the options and fees.
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