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Minnesota State College Southeast
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Earn your degree from MSC Southeast Business Software Certificate online to discover opportunities in a business software career. With administrative assistant software skills, you'll become an expert-level user of office software programs and become a valuable team player.

Career Area: Business & Management
Program: Administrative Support Careers
Campus(es): Online

Major Details

These days, resources are tight and employers are looking for candidates that are detail-oriented, tech-savvy in administrative assistant business software skills and can manage both complex projects and day-to-day office needs using business software applications. Choose an MSC Southeast Business Software Certificate online and you'll be ready to work at a professional level in any office.

Learn professional business software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, electronic presentations and more that will increase your value in the workplace.

With the MSC Southeast 16-credit Business Software major from Minnesota State College Southeast you will gain hands-on skills in word processing applications, database concepts, desktop publishing, spreadsheets applications, and electronic presentations classes online.

Choose the option that best fits your schedule and career goals. All of Minnesota State College Southeast Administrative Support programs can be completed 100% online. We also offer full-time and part-time schedules so that you can plan your program to fit in with your home and work life.

Career Field: Business Management & Administration
Cluster: Business Management & Administration
Pathway: Administrative Support
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

0 crs
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
2 cr
Spreadsheets Concepts and Applications
This course uses a spreadsheet system for business applications. Procedures used include: document creation, storage, retrieval, major editing, printing, merger of documents, segments and variables, and graph creation. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Database Concepts and Applications
This course will utilize database software for various business applications. (Prerequisite: none) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Word Processing I
This course covers utilization of word processing software to perform basic word processing applications. (Prerequisite: ADMS2410 Keyboarding I or concurrent enrollment) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Desktop Publishing with Publisher
This course provides an introduction to Microsoft Publisher. Topics include creating and editing single-page and multi-page publications, using wizards, commercial printing considerations, editing text, colors, and graphic design objects, personal information sets, logos, the Pack and Go Wizard, plus using Publisher to create flyers, newsletters, brochures, logos, and calendars. Also included are topics covering business forms such as letterhead, business cards, envelopes, and labels with mail merge, business cards, invoices, fax covers, and tables. (Prerequisite: ADMS1417 or equivalent) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Electronic Presentations for Business Professionals
This course will allow the student to produce professional-looking presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. Students will learn to create, edit, and publish presentations with illustrations and shapes, custom backgrounds and SmartArt Diagrams. Use of diagrams, tables, pictures, video, sound, and animation effects will also be discussed. (Prerequisite: None) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Word Processing II
This course covers utilization of word processing software to increase proficiency in operating word processing software. (Prerequisite: ADMS1417) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
16 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 16 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$3,198
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$3,598


Career Opportunities

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Specialist
  • Office Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Executive Assistant
  • Virtual Assistant

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Accurately and efficiently utilize computer application software for office applications.
  2. Exhibit proficiency in formatting business documents according to industry standards utilizing proper keyboarding techniques.
  3. Create real-life documents using correct English and proofreading skills.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills for the workplace.
  5. Apply knowledge of office procedures to simulated or entry-level employment situations.


  • 100% online administrative support degrees
  • Office internship opportunities available
  • Learn how to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Use technology that parallels business and industry
  • Transfer within the Administrative Support programs
  • Accepting enrollment in fall or spring semesters


Ramona Coron
Ramona Coron earned her A.A.S. degree in Medical Secretarial Science from Anoka Ramsey Community College and her B.S. degree in Business Education and Office Administration from Winona State University. She specializes in online administrative support instruction. Contact Ramona at



Other Majors in the Administrative Support Careers program

Administrative Assistant AAS

Office Assistant CERT

Office Specialist DIP



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