SUNY Jefferson

Office Studies Certificate

Office Studies Certificate Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career, 1-year
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Organization, clerical
  • Skill Building: Business support, word processing, communication
  • Career Options: Business, government
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5005

Seek a career business office setting

Jefferson’s Office Certificate is designed to prepare you for administrative and clerical support roles in virtually all business and office settings in a one year format.  

You will learn many office tasks that will make you very valuable to your current or future employer, from composing correspondence, preparing itineraries, recording meeting minutes, collecting data and performing research, generating reports, maintaining budgets, applying accounting principles, and supervising and training office employees.

This program offers:

  • Solid foundation of office and administrative tasks
  • Hands-on practice with software you’ll need for on-the-job success
  • Education that leads to a critical role in a business setting

Prepare for an administrative role in any business

Work in the business world by providing assistance to executives by coordinating and directing office services, such as staff assignments, records management, budget control, and special management studies.

Specific careers include administrative assistant, office manager, executive secretary, and other administrative professional positions. A growing number of administrative assistants share in managerial and human resource responsibilities and handle computer applications for presentations, spreadsheets, and database management.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the administrative, office, and clerical support category is one of the largest occupational areas. Opportunities for you are best with extensive software application knowledge. 


Become an expert in an office setting

When you complete the Office Studies Certificate program you will be able to:

  • Evaluate, create and communicate professional and effective oral and written means of communication (memorandums, letters, fax cover sheets, reports, and agendas)
  • Excel at keyboarding and data-entry speed and accuracy using industry accepted standards
  • Demonstrate communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, emphasizing managerial and leadership ability as well as team work


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Monday—Thursday
Extended hours on Tuesday evenings until 7:00 p.m
9:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m. Friday


Start work right away 

The program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce after completing the Certificate.

If you decide to continue on or come back to Jefferson, your credits will apply towards the Office Technology -Administrative Assistant or Medical A.A.S. degree seamlessly.


Requirements for the Office Studies Certificate

Effective Fall 2013

Office Studies Certificate, Office Technologies Requirements (16 Credit Hours)
Office Technologies Requirements (16 credit hours) Credit Hours
OFC 121:  Beginning Keyboarding1 2
OFC 122:  Intermediate Keyboarding 2
OFC 126:  Business Communications 3
OFC 211:  Administrative Software Applications 3
OFC 225:  Administrative Support Services 3
OFC 226:  Administrative Correspondence 3
Office Studies Certificate Business Core Requirements (12-14 Credit Hours)
Business Requirements (12-14 credit hours) Credit Hours
BUS 116:  Applied Business Mathematics2 3-4
BUS 125:  Managing Information in the Workplace 3
BUS 160:  Spreadsheet Applications 3
Business Elective:  Chosen from ACC, BUS, ECO and OFC 3-4
Office Studies Certificate Liberal Arts Requirement (3 Credits)
Liberal Arts Requirement (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 100:  College Composition or 
ENG 101:  Research and Composition

 Total Credit Hours 31-33


Office Studies Certificate Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1In order to meet the requirements for OFC 122:  Intermediate Keyboarding, students must have completed OFC 121:  Beginning Keyboarding, or pass a proficiency exam.  The proficiency exam will be schedule by the Business Department prior  to the beginning of classes each semester.  Students will be required to pass a timed writing and complete a variety of business documents using Microsoft Word.  For more information, contact the Business Department at (315) 786-2287.  
2May substitute appropriate mathematics course  


Program Contacts

Stephanie Pierce

Assistant Professor of Office Technologies
(315) 786-6588

Dawn Robinson

Assistant Professor of Business and Business Department Chair
(315) 786-2486