SUNY Jefferson

Office Studies Certificate

Program Type: Career, 1-year
Delivery: On-campus 
Personal Interests: Organization, clerical
Skills development: 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

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 

Office Technologies Core Requirements (16 credit hours)

OFC 121: Beginning Keyboarding1 
OFC 122: Intermediate Keyboarding 
OFC 126: Business Communications 
OFC 211: Administrative Software Applications 
OFC 225: Administrative Support Services 
OFC 226: Administrative Correspondence 

Business Core Requirements (12-14 credit hours)

BUS 116: Applied Business Mathematics2
BUS 125: Managing Information in the Workplace
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications
Business Elective: (Chosen from ACC, BUS, ECO and OFC) 

Liberal Arts Requirement (3 credit hours)

ENG 100: College Composition or ENG 101: Research and Composition 

TOTAL credit hours 31-33

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 scheduled 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 Stephanie Pierce, Assistant Professor of Office Technologies at (315) 786-6588 or

2May substitute appropriate mathematics course

Program contact

Stephanie Pierce
Assistant Professor of Office Technologies
(315) 786-6588

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522