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Administrative Support

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Administrative Support

M State's diploma in Administrative Support prepares students to perform a wide range of office tasks for a variety of entry-level positions in the business office setting.

Students will develop skills in communication, software applications, office procedures, bookkeeping, filing and document processing.

The 33-credit diploma is offered on our Moorhead campus.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Organizational skills
  • Proficient use of a variety of computer applications
  • Writing and editing skills for business documents
  • Analysis of database filing systems
  • Effective communications
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills


Why M State

  • M State is an exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes mean personalized education
  • Instructors are committed to student success
  • Faculty has extensive professional experience
  • Program's industry partners ensure students are learning skills needed by employers
  • High placement rate for Administrative Support graduates


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Administrative Support Diploma
Locations: Online, Moorhead

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Program Highlights

  • Small class size and personal attention from instructors.
  • 100% placement of graduates over the past four years.
  • Service learning projects built into the courses.
  • Student recognition through "Student of the Month" award.
  • Students have the opportunity to learn a variety of software applications.
  • Classes offered through on-campus, flex lab, and distance education.
  • Articulation agreements available for transferring of credits to four-year institutions.

regional wage

regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Administrative Support program have employment opportunities in varied office settings and opportunities as Administrative Assistant.

Description: Perform routine clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.

data source: Career Coach


Administrative Support employment

4,817 Employed in your area

159 Estimated annual job openings

1,411 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 498 10%
25-34 828 17%
35-44 866 18%
45-54 1,214 25%
55-64 1,096 23%
65+ 315 7%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required courses for Administrative Assistant AAS

  • Principles of Bookkeeping
  • Business Communications I and II
  • Office Procedures
  • Records/Database Management
  • Office Software Applications
  • Keyboarding I and II
  • Word Processing/Advanced Word Processing

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 08:57am