Office Administration - Associate Degree
Are you interested in a career in office management, administrative assisting, or similar office-based roles? Eastern Florida State College offers an Associate in Science degree in Office Administration, providing you with a comprehensive education to excel in this field.
With three specializations to choose from — general administrative, legal office, or medical office — you can tailor your studies to your interests and goals.
The degree is an online program with courses taking place through the Canvas online Learning Management System, providing flexibility to do the work and meet the deadlines when it fits your schedule. You will apply what you've learned through an internship or co-op course, allowing you to gain valuable experience for your résumé.
Upon graduation, you'll be well-prepared for a wide range of entry-level and mid-level positions, such as administrative assistant, accounting clerk, office manager, and more. Furthermore, if you wish to further your education, this program can serve as a stepping stone toward pursuing a bachelor's degree.
Office Administration A.S. - Course Curriculum
The courses in this program take place completely online — a format that gives you the freedom to simultaneously work and attend school, if needed. However, please note that the internship course is an exception, as it requires physical participation at a host site.
The Office Administration A.S. offers three curriculum specializations, allowing you to choose the one that best aligns with your interests and career goals:
Office Administration A.S. Degree - Admissions Information
In the Office Administration A.S. degree program, you have the flexibility to enroll and start classes in any term due to its rolling admissions policy. To apply for this program, simply follow Eastern Florida's general application process.
If you've completed or are currently taking eligible Brevard Public Schools career tech courses in the Accounting, Business Technology or Finance areas, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing credit toward your Office Administration degree. This can save you both time and money.
Similarly, if you hold certain industry certifications, you may be eligible for free college credit through an articulation agreement. These certifications include the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) Certification, the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Bundle Certification, the MOS Master Certification, and the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) Certification.
If either the high school credit or industry certification options might apply to you, be sure to contact the program advisor through the information in the overview box for individualized advising as you enroll.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
When you pursue the Office Administration A.S. degree at Eastern Florida, the estimated costs, including in-state tuition and fees, amount to around $6,240. Keep in mind that this doesn't cover expenses related to course materials and lab fees. The program is eligible for Federal financial aid and scholarships, which can help to reduce your overall expenses.
College Courses You Would Take
The courses and curriculum in this associate degree program are specifically designed to help you build a solid foundation for your future career in various office environments. You'll gain essential skills in professionalism, technical expertise, communication, customer service, and organization that are crucial for success in office administration and management.
While courses will be customized for the specialization you choose, the common core classes include these four:
Explores workplace ethics: corporate governance, social responsibility, decision-making, global impact, personal codes, and work ethics, while developing your ethical perspective.
Teaches the skills, attitudes, and thinking patterns needed to earn stakeholder satisfaction and loyalty, raising your personal excellence as an employee and as an individual.
Increases your speed and accuracy in keyboarding skills as you format memos, letters, reports, and tables in a business setting using popular word processing software.
Explores the principles, procedures, and systems of filing including the creation, storage, protection, control, use, and disposition of records.
Why Study Office Administration at EFSC?
Build Toward a Bachelor's
The Office Administration A.S. degree can be transferred to a bachelor's degree program at Eastern Florida State College. EFSC's Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, including the 12 business track choices in the Organizational Management program, are specifically designed for A.S. graduates who will complete additional general education requirements as part of their BAS program.
EFSC's BAS curriculum is designed for seamless transition with an A.S. degree. If you are considering bachelor options at other colleges or universities, work closely with an advisor at those institutions to ensure your coursework will meet their general education prerequisites and admission requirements.
Internships = Real-World Experience
As a student, you'll participate in a 96-hour internship or co-op experience as part of the Office Administration program. This provides valuable real-world experience and can greatly benefit your future career prospects by opening doors to new opportunities. Please note that internships require approval and are coordinated by EFSC Career Services to ensure a seamless process.
Earn Industry Certifications
Professional certifications can enhance your résumé, increase your salary, and are valued by employers as a sign of expertise. At Eastern Florida, you can take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification test, which is highly beneficial for those pursuing a career in office administration.
Related Degree and Certificate Programs
If you're interested in pursuing the Office Administration A.S. degree, EFSC offers four related College Credit Certificates (CCC) that can be a starting point as their credits transfer to the A.S. degree. Because CCCs do not require placement testing or have general education requirements, they can be a popular choice to then transition to the A.S.
EFSC also offers additional business programs you might want to explore. Work with the program advisor or other academic advisor and start the conversation today.