School and Ranking Information
Students interested in administrative assisting and office management degree programs have roughly eight schools to choose from within a 40-mile radius of downtown Cincinnati. Due to the business and technical skills taught and the opportunities for internships and co-ops, the University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College, Miami University - Oxford and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College stand out as top schools in the area:
- Winner: The University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College is the only choice that provides a variety of tracks for students in the field. It offers associate degree programs.
- Runner-Up #1: Miami University - Oxford is the only school nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and it has the highest graduation rate but it is the farthest away from downtown Cincinnati. It offers associate's degrees.
- Runner-Up #2: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers associate degree programs and it also features two paid co-op experiences.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College||Miami University - Oxford||Cincinnati State Technical and Community College|
|Rankings||N/A|| 89th among national universities 2013;
37th among top public schools in 2013, nationwide*
|Location||Blue Ash, OH (8.8 miles from Cincinnati)||Oxford, OH (29.9 miles from Cincinnati)||Cincinnati, OH|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's, public||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$5,890 (in-state); $14,516 (out-of-state)**||$13,594 (in-state); $29,158 (out-of-state)**||$4,523 (in-state); $8,788 (out-of-state)**|
|Administrative Assisting and Office Management Degree Levels Offered||Associate's degrees||Associate's degrees||Associate's degrees|
|Administrative Assisting and Office Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||N/A||2**||0**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||21% (2006 entering class)**||80% (2006 entering class)**||15% (2009 entering class)**|
|Noteworthy||Students can add a track to the administrative management technology program||Saturday, morning and evening classes are available||Program features full-time, paid co-ops with local employers|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
- Program is designed for students with office experience, including expertise in office applications and keyboarding
- Classes are flexible with both on-campus and hybrid online options
- Students have access to free tutoring labs
- Optional internship is available
The administrative management technology program focuses on the areas of management, business applications and communications. Students can customize the program with a track in meeting and event planning, desktop support, webpage management or administrative support. Some of the courses cover accounting, virtual assisting, office networks, employment law, website coding, word processing, graphics, Windows, public speaking and office systems management. Students can complete an internship, and the program culminates in a portfolio capstone course.
Runner-Up #1: Miami University - Oxford
- Program is available at the Hamilton and Middletown campuses, which are 30 to 40 miles from Cincinnati
- Co-op and internship opportunities are available
The school's business technology department offers an associate's program that provides a foundation in business topics and prepares students to utilize technology in the office. Students may study finance, human resources, accounting, management, business operations, worker relations and information management. The program's technology courses cover word processing, desktop publishing, business analysis and the Internet. Students also complete general education coursework and choose electives related to their career area. This university also offers a certificate program in small office management, which requires 30 credits and includes many of the same courses as the degree program.
Runner-Up #2: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
- Some classes can be completed online
- Students get to apply their workplace software skills in a capstone project
The Business Technologies Division offers an administrative assistant associate's program that prepares students for office manager positions as well. The technology courses cover Microsoft Office applications, business document formatting and editing, computerized bookkeeping and project management. Students also study various business topics, including business law, microeconomics, management, marketing, professional practices and accounting. There are two mandatory co-op education experiences that focus on information management.