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SJVC’s Business Office Administration program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can adapt to any company’s operation.

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At a Glance

  • Certificate of completion in as few as eight months.

  • Associate Degree in as little as 15 months.

  • Offered at 14 California locations and online.

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students enrolled in the Business Office Administration program learn:

  • Practical application of business accounting fundamentals
  • Principles of basic business math
  • Written & digital business communication
  • Basic elements of HR, marketing, customer service, and social media for business
  • Productivity software

Coursework for SJVC’s Business Office Administration program typically consists of a mix of the following classes:

  • Accounting Cycle Concepts
  • Business Math Applications
  • Business Communication
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Human Resources
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Spreadsheet Management
  • Business Externship
  • Computer Literacy and Applications for the Professional
  • Graduate Readiness Seminar

Campus Locations

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

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

Career Opportunities

Employers across the U.S. look to hire business professionals who are familiar with business technology and equipment, in addition to appropriate business practices and communication.

Our Business Office Administration Program training prepares graduates for careers such as:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Receptionists and Information Clerks
  • Sales Representative

Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition varies by campus, program of study and program credential level. 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 Consumer Information to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.

Accreditation & Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

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 (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Read Our Career Guide On Business Office Administration

A career in a business office administration field can be a rewarding path, giving you job security, a good salary, and a chance to make important contributions to a business.

Business Office Administration FAQ

What skills do you need for business office administration?

There are a wide variety of skills that may help you succeed in business office administration. According to O*NET Online, some skills for secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, include:1

  • Office suite and presentation software
  • Good time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills

What jobs can you get with a business office administration certificate?

Many employers may look for business professionals who know about technology and equipment in addition to appropriate business practices and communication.

SJVC’s Business Office Administration program graduates may go on to work as:

  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, except Legal, Medical, and Executive 
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Receptionists and Information Clerks
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

What do secretaries and administrative assistants do?

According to the BLS, secretaries and administrative assistants perform a number of routine clerical and administrative duties. This can include organizing files, preparing documents, scheduling appointments, and supporting other staff. They also may negotiate with vendors, buy supplies, and manage stockrooms or corporate libraries. 

Which courses do I take for office administration?

A Business Office Administration program can be a valuable investment in your career, but it’s also important that a program is the right fit for you and your career goals. Some factors to consider when choosing a program may include cost, coursework, accreditation, location, and instructor quality.

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