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Administrative Professionals Career Pathway

The application process for the Spring 2024 cohort is now closed.

In December, the Staff Center will kick-off the pilot program for the Administrative professionals Career Pathway. CSUSM's career pathway program is based upon CSU San Bernardino’s program of the same name. 

About the Program

The Administrative Professionals Career Pathway focuses on skills helpful for entry-level administrative employees with zero to 3 years of experience. The program also invites those looking to gain these skills to participate. 


  • The Core Component focuses on six areas to establish and enhance skills in introspection, organization, professionalism, relationship management, critical thinking/problem-solving and communication. 
  • The Technical Component focuses on systems and software needed to function in an administrative role. Course levels may vary based on the specific role and experience, i.e. beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
  • The Experiential Learning Elective focuses on specialty courses, assignments, and/or experiences.
  • The Capstone Project asks cohort members to build a portfolio of work that shares everything they have learned and accomplished in the program.
  • Optional Courses and Activities include an opportunity to explore skills further. For example, participants may choose to explore their CliftonStrengths during a one-on-one session with a certified coach.

 Method, Model, Length and Recognition

  • Blended learning with self-paced online courses and experiences
  • Cohort model with class size of 8-16 participants
  • Coursework is completed over a 5 to 6-month period
  • Participants will be recognized during a graduation ceremony and receive a badge for their virtual signature

Participation in this program is optional and voluntary. Participation does not guarantee stipends, bonuses, reclassifications, promotions, and/or transfers.

Program Timeline

Dates Event
Nov. 22 Pathways Information Session
Nov. 8 - Dec. 1 Accepting applications
Dec. 14 @10 a.m. Kick-off event
June 1, 2024 Deadline to complete and submit all program courses and activities
Mid-late June, 2024 Graduation ceremony

Application Process

The request for applications for the Spring 2024 cohort is now closed.

  • Step 1 - Type up a 150 to 300-word essay sharing why you would like to be accepted into the program and how you will help ensure your success in completing the assignments on time. 
  • Step 2Fill out and have supervisor sign Supervisor Notification Form (may use AdobeSign or scan copy of physical document) 
  • Step 3 - Fill out and sign Employee Accountability Form (may use AdobeSign or scan copy of physical document) 
  • Step 4- Submit an online application along with PDF copy of your personal essay, Employee Accountability Form and the Supervisor Notification Form.

If you have any issues submitting your application, please do not hesitate to reach out to Susan in the Staff Center at