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Online 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.

SJVC Online Business Administration Student


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


Both Certificate of Completion and Associate of Science Degree programs.


Conveniently available online.


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

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 online.


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, (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 (

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What Will I Learn?

Accounting Cycle Concepts

Principles of Management

Principles of Human Resources

Principles of Marketing

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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 you see the background it takes in scheduling, accounting, 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 sit 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 and provides 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 Online Business Office Administration Career Guide

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Business Office Administration FAQ

What skills can you acquire from online Business Administration courses?
While different programs may focus on different skills, at the SJVC online Business Office Administration program, students learn principles and skills for business, including business math, communication, and management. Other topics covered include human resource management, small business management, and marketing.
Is it better to take a Business Office Administration program online?
The decision to take a program online is a personal one. Some may consider an online program in Business Office Administration beneficial because it offers more flexibility. Students taking SJVC’s Business Office Administration program online have the same credit load and learning outcomes as on-campus students but without the need to commute.
What jobs can you get with an online Business Office Administration certificate?
SJVC’s online 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 skills do you need to work in the business office administration field?
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:5

  • Office suite and presentation software
  • Good time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills
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.1
Which factors should I consider when looking for business office training?
A Business Office Administration program can be a valuable investment in your career, but it’s also important that a program is a 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.
What Does an Administrative Assistant Do?
Administrative Assistants are responsible for routine administrative duties that help to keep a business running smoothly. Some of those duties can include handling mail and faxes, answering phones and taking messages, scheduling appointments and staff meetings, managing databases, and editing documents.1
What Are the Duties of a Receptionist in an Office?
Receptionist jobs include various administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments, greeting customers and clients, copying and filing documents, and answering the phone. They help a business to make a good first impression on customers or clients, especially front desk receptionist jobs.6
Do I Need a Degree to Work in Business?
You don’t necessarily need a higher education degree to work in business. However, completing a Business Office Administration program can help to prepare you for your career and can help you to stand out from other applicants.7
Can I Study to Work in Business Online?
Yes, there are many opportunities to study to work in business online. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business are offered online. If a multi-year degree program isn’t right for you, then you can complete an online certificate program in Business Office Administration to help prepare you for your career.