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Business Office Administration

SJVC’s Business Office Administration program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can adapt to any company’s operation. Earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 8 months or an Associate of Science degree in as few as 15 months.

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With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.


Both Certificate of Completion or Associate of Science degree programs.


Conveniently available online or at 13 campuses (availability varies by location).


Affordable tuition varies by program and location.
SJVC Business Office Administration Program Detals

Program Details


All students enrolled in the Business Office Administration program learn core business principles and skills, including business math, communication, and management. As students move through the program, they will explore topics including marketing and HR, and learn specialized skills that will benefit them in their careers or as they pursue more education beyond a Certificate or A.S. Degree.

Some of the skills our students learn:

  • Business Management Concepts
  • Law and Ethics
  • Marketing


Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Advisor to discuss the costs of your chosen program and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.


SJVC’s Business Office Administration program is available at the following campuses:

*These locations offer both the Certificate of Completion and Associate of Science Degree programs.


Institutional Accreditation
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501, Phone: 510-748-9001, Fax: 510-748-9797.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

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What Will I Learn?

Accounting Cycle Concepts

Principles of Management

Principles of Human Resources

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Discover What It’s Like to Become a Business Office Administration Student

Discover What It’s Like to Become a Business Office Administration Student

The Business Office Administration program opened my eyes to the real world of business management; it made me grow up. I didn’t really know what a business manager is until I see the background it takes in scheduling, accounting, and ethics. It made me more qualified for that position.
Diego L.
2021 Student Business Office Administration Program

Career Opportunities

Your experience and day-to-day responsibilities working in an office will partially depend on your position. For instance, a Secretary or Administrative Assistant’s duties may include answering the phone, scheduling appointments and staff meetings, preparing and editing memos and documents, performing bookkeeping, and more.1 As a Customer Service Representative, your primary responsibilities will be to interact with customers and answer questions through phone, email, chat, and more.2 Many professions work in an office environment, each with its own unique set of daily responsibilities. The type of position you hold may also affect the environment you work in. Customer Service Representatives sometimes work in large office rooms alongside other employees, which can make for a noisy and distracting environment.3 Some office arrangements may allow you to have your own room within the office, while others may adopt the open office layout in which staff sits at communal desks in large spaces. This open floor plan design can make for a louder environment, but it may also help to facilitate collaboration and communication.4

SJVC Online Business Office Administration Career Opportunities

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A career in a Business Office Administration field can be a rewarding path, giving you a chance to make important contributions to a business. While many upper-level business positions require that you have a graduate degree, there are also plenty of entry-level positions that will hire candidates who haven’t attended college.

SJVC Business Office Administration Career Guide

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Business Office Administration FAQ

What are the principles of business?
It depends on how you define a business principle. There are several types of business principles an office professional can adopt. On the one hand, there are maxims like “know the industry” and abide by the “golden rule.” Then there are characteristics such as Vision, Perception and Leadership. But if you want to know what it takes to pursue a successful career, education is the key. At SJVC, our programs for Business Office Administration can help you chart your own path.
What is management in business?
Management in business is often about using leadership skills to plan, organize and manage the activities in a business unit or organization. At SJVC, we offer two Business Office Administration programs to explore your potential for leadership in a business setting. Coursework explores principles and concepts for accounting, management, human resources, marketing and more. In as few as 8 months, our certificate program can help you build skills for office work quickly. While our Associate of Science in Business Office Administration program, which provides a more comprehensive exploration of business and professional fundamentals, is designed to be completed in as few as 15 months.
What is business administration and management?
Often interchanged, administration and management are key elements to running a business. If you want to draw a distinction, administration is more concerned with the tactical day-to-day operations of an organization while management is often more strategic. Both require business savvy and leadership skills to be truly effective. At SJVC, we offer two Business Office Administration programs—a certificate program that will get you up-to-speed for an office administrative career in as few as 8 months and an associate degree that offers a comprehensive exploration of business administration fundamentals in as a few as 15 months.
What is marketing in business?
At its heart, marketing is the process used to grab attention and inform prospective customers about the benefits of a product or service. The marketing function can include advertising, sales and product or service delivery. At SJVC, our Business Office Administration certificate and associate degree programs cover marketing essentials as well as principles of management, human resources, accounting and more.