Business Administration

Train to Work as a Business Professional

SJVC’s Business Administration program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can adapt to any company’s operation. Students develop into knowledgeable, ethical and technically competent business professionals.

Students who enroll in the program will take foundational courses in essential business concepts. Students then go on to complete additional courses in one of the following concentrations:

Business Management

Retail Management

Business Accounting

First-time test taker fees for the Certification examinations are paid for by SJVC. These certifications enhance students’ résumés and prepare them for future career success. Testing for these certifications may be completed prior to graduation.

Hybrid Program

Students taking SJVC’s Business Administration program at one of the College’s California campuses take courses both on-campus and online. This helps students improve their technology skills and allows for schedule flexibility.

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Business Administration Program Details

Skills Students Learn

All students enrolled in the Business Administration program learn:

  • Business law and ethics
  • Accounting fundamentals

Additional coursework is specific to each of the concentrations below:

Business Management

  • Human resource management
  • Spreadsheet management
  • Marketing techniques

Retail Management

  • Customer service techniques
  • Sales strategies
  • Retail management

Business Accounting

  • Payroll accounting management
  • Accounting software systems
  • Merchandising accounting

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Business Administration students include:

Small Business Management
This course provides an overview of each component of small business ownership. Topics include: Assessing resources, reviewing components of a business plan, and identifying opportunities and challenges. Students will apply knowledge and skills learned to develop an outline of a small business plan.

Customer Service and Sales Management
This course provides students with an introduction into customer service and sales management. Topics include identifying client needs and expectations, sales approaches, active listening, sales script development and sales presentations.

Payroll Accounting Management
The fundamentals of payroll, basic bookkeeping, and accounting are covered in this course. Students will explore legal requirements and business needs associated with payroll and personnel records. They will be introduced to accounting concepts and practices and will utilize a payroll system to perform various HR functions. Activities include computing wages, working with Social Security, Medicare, income, and unemployment compensation taxes, journalizing, verifying, and adjusting transactions.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information.

Program Outcomes

Our graduates can earn a certificate of completion in approximately 7 months.


Program Availability

SJVC’s Business Administration program is available Online. The program is also available in a hybrid format – where some of the courses are completed online and others on-ground – at the following campuses:

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 Administration training qualifies graduates for the following careers:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Retail Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete their courses and the Career Services Seminar (CSS100) to graduate. They must also meet a minimum keyboarding speed of 45 net words per minute and minimum 10 key speed of 8,000 keystrokes per hour.

Accreditation & Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

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 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


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