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BS in Office Administration in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Office Administration (BSOA) is a four-year degree program designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in business and office management needed in various workplaces such as general business, legal, or medical offices. The program prepares students to be able to handle clerical, administrative, supervisory and managerial tasks. 

There are some schools that offer a ladderized curriculum for the BSOA program. For each year level a student completes, they receive a proficiency certificate. The proficiency certificate is granted to students who passed the competency test administered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Office Administration are encouraged to take the Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) strand. This strand provides the basic concepts of business and financial management, and corporate operations which will be helpful in their college journey.

However, students may also opt to take the General Academic Strand (GAS) if they prefer a wider range of topics. The GAS strand has a flexible curriculum where students can learn from the electives of all the other academic strands. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Basic Accounting
  • Basic Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Human Behavior in Organization
  • Business Application Software
  • Business Communication
  • Foundations of Shorthand
  • Basic Office Administration
  • Business Report Writing
  • Word Processing with Documents Production
  • Advanced Keyboarding
  • Principles of Customer and Public Relation

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Office Administration are expected to be able to:

  • Provide general administrative and clerical support according to the Code of Ethics for Office Professionals
  • Handle office management activities and programs
  • Manage effective office communications
  • Organize files, information, and office supplies
  • Work in a diverse environment

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in various legal or medical companies. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

The BS in Office Administration does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Office Administration may pursue a career path in various legal or medical companies. They may apply for roles such as a medical secretary, legal secretary, court stenographer, administrative staff, customer service representative, encoder,  or bookkeeper.

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Reviews of BS in Office Administration graduates:

E. E.
◈ Studied BS in Office Administration
◈ At Central Mindanao University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Office Administration: On the first day of the college enrollment facing the university I want to enroll myself, I don't know where particular to go and what course I want to take. My mother accompany me at the school without the knowledge of what are the university enrollment procedures. Entering the main gate of the university and being amazed of what it looks and how big it is. Roaming around the university to find the colleges and to look for the courses offered, because of the crowd roaming everywhere we landed on the college of commerce and accountancy and there I saw my elementary friend and also our valedictorian way back in elementary and she also didn't decide yet what course she would take. Upon entering the building there are two doors that designates two courses in that building;Accountancy and Office Administration. I want to choose the Office Administration because I feel it less difficult from Accountancy course but my friend drag me to the Accountancy door and ask me to accompany her because

list bulletAbout my college education: The part of difficulty would only be adjusting to the course I shifted and how I mingle to my new classmates. There are also certain subjects that give me stressful and sleepless nights on studying such as Business Law and Accounting.

The enjoyable part on studying this course would be studying even the kinds of tabs a single folder have. It's amazing how a simple thing turns out to complicate if you just study it deeply. My Stenography subjects that makes us unique from other courses because they think it's Arabic when they see us writing it and when we are reading it and someone would tend to say that we are intelligent individual because we can transcribe and read those writing that looks like worms. The student-instructor relationship that is developed that makes the student open to their sentiments to their instructor which greatly helps students aid their gap and create a positive change in their study habit and views on studying for their future.

The boring part would be vacation time, supposedly it should be the happiest moment for the student because they are can relaxed and go somewhere to unwind but for me it is boring because I'll be missing my friends, my mentors, the classrooms, the noise from the lobby, the different faces of people I encounter everyday in the bus, the smell of rooms, the raging of crowds in the gate, the angry security guards, the benches where we study, the shade of trees, the library where I live during my vacant hours. This are the things that I don't want to miss and the things that makes me feel boring and empty.

The interesting part is knowing the new instructor every start of the semester, their rules, their likes, and their grading system. Also at the end of the semester knowing the grades in the respective instructors office and tables is one thing that gives me interest. Upon studying this course my interests on offices and how it works and manage fulfill it's craving portion, the shallow knowledge is now into it's clearer view and the empty block of learning turns out to be an asset.

Being patient even to small thing that would turn out to be complicating the biggest thing is one of the trait is required in succeeding this course because this course study even the part of a simple paper where other people find it just ordinary and not important. Having a positive outlook in life and a big dream on finishing the course your are taking will bring you the success you are dreaming of.

list bulletMy current job: For now, I still don't have the job but I'm on the process of submitting applications to banks and companies.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The things that I learn from college greatly helped me in my OJT days more particularly in handling the customers at hand in a bank premises. The ability to create a bond with the client without necessarily looking into his/her personal data but through analyzing the person and the situation in a rightful condition that tend to make both parties comfortable with each other.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Do not be afraid, if you want this course then take it. Do not fear for you think it's difficult and you cant handle it. How would you know it's level of difficulty if you wouldn't try. Maybe you would say upon seeing the prospectus that it's difficult because the descriptive title of the subjects are long and contains awesome word combination but it's not what you think. I've been through that also when I'm still freshman but upon brainstorming my views on my own it's not that difficult because when I'm having my major subject with it's weird names it turns out having the grades of a scholar and I develop into a consistent scholar until I graduated. Its not the strength that you hold first but it is the fear you let out as your primary emotion. Be one of us and see the difference after.
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