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Office Administration

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 30.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Office Administration Diploma Program provides training in office management. After completing one of our 30-credit Office Administration Certificate programs, students may select 30 credits of additional course work to complete this diploma. Students take required courses in accounting, mathematics, economics and marketing, as well as elective courses from different areas of the College.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirement:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 25% (7.5 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Successful completion of all courses is required with a "C-" or better

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one option of the following two options:

ACCT 1110 and

ACCT 1210

Principles of Accounting I

Principles of Accounting I and II


ACCT 1235 and


Principles of Accounting I and II and



Select two courses from the following twelve courses:

ACCT 1222

Computer Applications for Accounting


BUSN 1200

Fundamentals of Business


BUSN 1320

Business Law I


BUSN 3310

Organizational Management Skills


BUSN 3350

Human Resource Management


BUSN 4410

Organizational Business Decision Making


CSIS 1140

Productivity Software and Client Support


CSIS 1150

Business Data Communications & Networking


CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis and Design


PHIL 1101

Critical Thinking


PHIL 1122

Business Ethics


SOSC 2140

Behaviour in Organizations


Required Courses: 

BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


FINC 1231

Commercial & Financial Mathematics


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


Total Credits


career transfer pathways
Graduates of the Office Administration Diploma Program may qualify for such positions as senior secretary, executive secretary, administrative assistant, supervisor, coordinator, office manager, junior accountant, payroll administrator, or benefits administrator. With experience and initiative, graduates may progress into jobs in the areas of administration, human resources, payroll, accounting, or computer systems.            
Professional Designations
By selecting appropriate courses in the Diploma Program, students may work towards the professional designations of Certified Bookkeeper through the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping, or Qualified Administrative Assistant through the Association of Administrative Assistants. Relevant work experience in addition to course work is a requirement for both designations.      
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Completion of a 30 credit Office Administration Certificate from Douglas College or other public community college. Credentials from other educational institutions will be considered and credit assigned on a course-by-course basis
  • Foundations of Math 11 or Principles of Math 11 with a "C" or better, or MATU 0410 or MATU 0411
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

What is the program start date?

If you are starting in the Fall semester, your classes will start the day after the Labour Day holiday. If you are starting in the Winter semester, your classes will begin in the first or second week of January.

What is the program training end date?

If you start in the Fall semester and are registered for a full course load, the program ends with a four-week practicum that begins in early May. If you start in the Winter semester and registered for a full course load, the program ends with a four-week practicum that begins in early January.

Are there any breaks during the training period?

There are short breaks between the semesters. The Fall semester usually ends mid-December, and Winter semester classes don’t start until early January. The Winter semester usually ends mid-April and you won’t start Summer semester or work experience until early in May.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time admission status?

Full-time students must apply before the deadline, meet the English and keyboarding requirements and pay a $350 deposit. This gives full-time status students priority enrollment. When the Registrar's Office assigns registration times all full-time status students complete their registration before the part-time students begin registering. This ensures that full-time students have the opportunity to register in all of the courses that they need and allows us to guarantee full-time students that they will be able to obtain a seat in all required classes and successfully complete the program within a nine-month time period. However, part-time students in Office Administration programs may also register in up to five courses (15 credits) per semester. Therefore, part-time students can take a full course load.

How many hours per week will I be in class?

If you’re taking a full-time course load, you’ll complete five four-hour classes per week. Class time is twenty hours per week. If you’re studying part-time, the hours you spend in class per week will vary depending on how many courses they have registered in.

How many hours per week will I spend on homework?

It is generally expected that every hour of instruction will be matched with an hour of study or preparation by you. If you’re studying full-time, you can expect twenty hours of homework per week.

What days of the week will I be in training?

All classes are scheduled from Monday through Friday; there are no weekend classes. Classes are scheduled as early as 8:00 am and end as late as 4:30 pm; there are no evening classes.

Is there a practicum?

All students are required to complete a four-week practicum. A three-week practicum is completed on the job site in early May or January. You will then return to the college and present either an oral or written report during the following week.

Will the College help me find a practicum placement?

You are expected to find your own practicum placements; however, the practicum supervisor will monitor your progress and provide assistance as necessary.

What are job opportunities like for graduates?

This is largely determined by the conditions in the prevailing job market. Generally, between 80-90% of our graduates are working within one month of graduation. Currently, 90-100% of our graduates are using their acquired skills on the job. Many gain employment through their practicum placement.

What is the typical starting salary?

This is also largely determined by the conditions in the prevailing job market. Currently, salaries for these job-entry positions range from $2,000-$3,000 per month.

Does the College issue a T2202A for income tax purposes?

Yes, T2202A forms are provided once per year through a secure website.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM January 28, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
Thursday 5:00 PM January 30, 2020 NWC room: #Concourse register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM February 25, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
Thursday 5:00 PM February 27, 2020 NWC room: #Concourse register»