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Office Administration

Develop skills and knowledge in office procedures, computer applications, bookkeeping, communications, customer service and teamwork.

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Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus (classes at Digby Learning Centre) Full time • In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) Full time • In-class Seats available
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available


This is a hands-on program that prepares you for entry-level office positions.

In addition to learning office procedures and business computer applications, an emphasis is placed on critical thinking, customer service, professionalism and teamwork. The program focuses on the demands of a modern office, including organizing activities and meeting deadlines.

Practical applications include document processing, computerized bookkeeping, spreadsheets and office procedures.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are your responsibility.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • You have the option to complete your program in-class, online or through a combination of courses delivered in-class and online.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and number of courses you complete each term.
  • This program is available online.

Career options

  • The skills you learn in this program are applicable to a broad range of industries; graduates are working in every sector. Many grads are office managers, executive assistants, receptionists, and clerks, etc.
  • Many graduates continue their studies to acquire a business diploma or industry certification, such as Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

Choose NSCC

  • You get the hands-on, practical experience employers want. Most campuses offer a model office to apply your skills.
  • Instructors keep in close contact with industry experts to ensure you're learning the skills employers require.

Other info

  • Many campuses encourage student involvement in the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and, as such, students can enjoy opportunities for growing professionally, while networking with other college students and professional administrators on an international scope.
  • This program offers students a look into today's modern office, with guest speakers and field trips to various organizations.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACTG 1100   Bookkeeping
ACTG 2010   Computerized Accounting I
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
COMM 2215   Communications - Workplace Applications
COMP 1103   Document Production I
COMP 2000   Applied Social Media
COMP 2105   Database I
COMP 2106   Document Production II
COMP 2112   Applied Spreadsheets
MGMT 1010   Organizational Behaviour
OFFI 1010   Office Procedures I
OFFI 2010   Office Procedures II
OFFI 2995   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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