Program Overview

CSU in Fullerton offers the Professional Office Administrators certificate, which can be completed entirely through online courses, allowing students the flexibility to earn a valuable education to pursue advanced career opportunities. 

The certificate’s primary objectives are the development of already working administrative professionals, by enhancing their career skills to achieve personal performance goals. The certificate courses build on already learned concepts, while introducing students to innovative office technology and outcomes of restructuring an organization. The certificate strives to enable graduates beyond general office administration tasks, and set them as necessary roles in a successful business.

Administrative Professionals are often delegated tasks requiring modern knowledge and skills to function effectively and efficiently. The certificate will give administrative professionals the necessary understandings to operate as leaders and managers, crucial to the operational success. The specialized program is comprised of 6 courses, each strategically designed to address specific aspects of administrative duties. The courses include: Problem Solving Skills for Outstanding Performance, Effective Goal Setting, and Plain Speaking: How to Communicate Successfully.

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students should be able to confidently pursue advanced positions within current organizations or pursue a new career utilizing the education. The Professional Office Administration certificate may also meet the standards and needs of many hiring businesses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Students beginning the Certificate in Professional Office Administration are expected to have a high school degree or equivalent and basic keyboarding skills.

    School Overview

    Number twelve: that describes the beginnings of California State University, Fullerton, in 1957, when the California Legislature approved the establishment of a 12th State College. Today, the University bears little resemblance to its founding. Located in Orange County, California, just thirty miles south of Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton offers 100-plus undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctorate degrees housed in nine colleges:
    • College of the Arts
    • Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
    • College of Communications
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering and Computer Sciences
    • College of Health and Human Development
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • University Extended Education

    Non-traditional students can earn degrees or complete credit courses through evening programs and online learning. Cal State Fullerton offers online degrees in addition to multiple certificates and programs, In addition, a variety of online courses are also offered via the College of University Extended Education. Courses are typically asynchronous, and students complete weekly assignments, including discussion boards. Cal State Fullerton also offers self-paced coursework through CD-ROMs.


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