Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Executive Assistant Diploma

The Executive Assistant Diploma prepares office administration students to serve in more senior positions as office managers and assistants to senior executives in both industry and government. After completing the TRU Administrative Assistant Certificate in Year 1 or an equivalent office administration program from another institution, students take additional courses in accounting, communications, marketing, law, and management in Year 2.

With the Executive Assistant Diploma, graduates will be well-prepared to write the accreditation exams for the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) or Organizational Management (OM) designation programs.

If you are highly motivated, like working with people, are organized, and have excellent communication skills, the Executive Assistant Diploma program could provide you with the added skills you need to “move up” in your organization.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students are able to:
1. Prepare effective business documents including memorandums and short reports.
2. Describe the environment that businesses operate in, the functions of management, and the role of different management disciplines.
3. Maintain the financial records of a small business.
4. Utilize spreadsheet and other application software in day-to-day work activities.
5. Explain how effective management information systems can contribute to an organization’s success.
6. Discuss how human and interpersonal behaviour theory can be applied to maximize organizational efficiency.
7. Collect and analyze information to assist management in making more effective operational decisions.
8. Develop a basic marketing plan for a new product or service based on a strong understanding of the 4Ps of place, price, place and promotion.
9. Implement effective human resource practices in an office environment.
10. Apply the basic principles of contract, tort, employment and other areas of business law to decision making.

Learning Options

Part-Time – Yes
On-Campus – Yes
Distance – All courses are available through distance education
Program Start Date – September, January, May

Admission Requirements

  1. B.C. Grade 12 or mature student status
  2. Foundations Math 12 or Pre-Calculus Math 12 with a minimum C+ or equivalent
  3. English 12/English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 73 percent or equivalent
  4. Completion of the TRU Administrative Assistant Certificate or equivalent one-year certificate program

Program Content

Second Year

Fall Semester

ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing
MNGT 1710 Introduction to Business
ORGB 2810 Organizational Behaviour
ACCT 2210 Financial Accounting
MIST 2610 Management Information Systems

Winter Semester

CMNS 1290 Introduction to Professional Writing
ACCT 2250 Management Accounting
MKTG 2430 Introduction to Marketing
HRMN 2820 Human Resource Management
BLAW 2910 Commercial Law

Students must achieve a grade of C- or better in all courses to graduate.


Graduates of the Administrative Assistant Certificate can ladder into the Executive Assistant Diploma (on-campus, online) and receive a block transfer of 15 credits for the courses they have taken in the certificate or a similar program taken at another institution. The diploma consists of 45 credits (15 courses), 15 credits of which are met by the block transfer, which leaves students with 30 credits (10 courses) to complete the program.

Executive Assistant Diploma graduates can in turn ladder into the Bachelor of Business Administration (on-campus) or the Bachelor of Commerce (online) and transfer all credits earned in the diploma. Students should be able to complete either degree with two to three years of full-time study.

Further Information

School of Business and Economics Student Services
Phone: 250-852-7635
Office: International Building, IB2074