Office Administration – Executive

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Program Code: 2606

School: School of Business

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

The Office Administration – Executive program will prepare students, in just two years, to handle the range of functions performed by administrative assistants who work with upper-level management. Members of executive teams and those in senior management positions rely on graduates of this program to exhibit exceptional communication, organizational and office skills as well as grace under pressure.

Facilitated by the School of Business, the Office Administration - Executive program will help students to develop the full range of office and business abilities, among which are:

  • Business software skills
  • Internet research capabilities
  • Presentation preparation
  • Note-taking for minutes of meetings
  • Business correspondence composition
  • Meetings and conferences scheduling
  • National and international travel arrangements

Experienced professors teach all of the program's courses, which are facilitated in small-sized classes that foster an inclusive environment.

With a two-day-per-week work placement in the final semester, Centennial College's Office Administration - Executive program will prepare students to be invaluable assets to key decision makers.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
OAGN-113 Microcomputers 1 Progress Campus
OAGN-115 Introduction to Word Processing Progress Campus
OAGN-118 Transcription Techniques 1 Progress Campus
OAGN-124 Financial Procedures Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
OAGN-116 Word Processing Applications Progress Campus
OAGN-119 Transcription Techniques 2 Progress Campus
OAGN-123 Microcomputers 2 Progress Campus
OAGN-125 Office Procedures and Communications Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-110 Accounting Fundamentals 1 Progress Campus
BUSN-313 Career Action Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
OAEX-243 Executive Communications Progress Campus
OAEX-253 Executive Office Procedures 1 Progress Campus
OAGN-261 Integrated Software Applications Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
OAEX-244 Computerized Bookkeeping Progress Campus
OAEX-255 Executive Office Procedures 2 Progress Campus
OAEX-256 Executive Office Software Progress Campus
OAGN-262 Field Placement Progress Campus

Semester Note

The prerequisites for entrance to the fourth semester work placement course (OAGN262) are:
1. Students must have passed 15 of 17 courses in the first three semesters.
2. Students must acquire an overall minimum GPA of 2.0
3. Students must have a minimum "C" grade in each of the following: COMM170/171, OAEX243, and OAEX253
Students require an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 (C Grade) and a minimum keyboarding speed of 50 wpm to graduate from the program.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on training is provided in the Business Administration - Executive program that will develop students' expertise in essential automated office systems such as word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software.
  • Students will build their skills portfolio as they learn from faculty members with business world experience and up-to-date knowledge of current trends and related technology requirements.
  • Learning in small class environments within the School of Business will allow students to connect with faculty members on a one-on-one basis.
  • The Office Administration - Executive field placement will allow students to explore their career prospects, build their network and gain valuable work experience.
  • The diploma students will earn reflects high standards of learning, increasing their career opportunities.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates of the Office Administration - Executive program may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships will allow students to apply academic credit towards further study.

University Degree
Athabasca University Bachelor of Professional Arts - Communication Studies
Davenport University BBA - Business Professional Studies
Kookmin University Bachelor Degree
New Brunswick, University of Bachelor of Applied Management
Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) - Bridge
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Commerce - Entrepreneurial Management
Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business


The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is proud to recognize Centennial College for enhancing the knowledge and recognition of office and administrative professionals world-wide. The Office Administration General and Executive programs are aligned with the IAAP Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Body of Knowledge.

Career Outlook

  • Assistant to president of an organization
  • Executive assistant
  • Administrative assistant
  • Administrative support officer
  • Senior secretary
  • Executive secretary
  • Office coordinator

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission


  • Students transferring from the Office Administration - General (2701) certificate program must have successfully completed either the OAGN-119 Transcription Techniques or the OAGN-127 Machine Transcription courses

Additional Requirements

  • Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. This may lead to additional courses and require extra time and fees.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $950.00 $3,717.00
International $12,400.00 $2,145.00 $14,545.00