About the Accounting Program

Ready for a Career in Accounting? It Just Makes Cents


Did you know? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than average for all occupations. Continuous changes in financial laws and regulations, technological advances and our increasingly global economy are all contributing to a greater need for qualified accounting professionals.  


Step into a career in accounting at SMC, where you will learn essential skills for in-demand accounting professions. Real world training includes how to prepare and examine financial records of municipal, county, state and federal agencies for compliance with laws as well as how to record transactions such as receivable, payable and payroll. Apply your training right away in small business and startup settings, or in corporate accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparer roles and more.


With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.


Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Department Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Associate of Science Degree - Accounting Associate in Science Degree Icon

28 units + General Education Requirements

This program is for bookkeepers and accounting clerks who want to advance to a higher professional level. Business owners can strengthen their businesses with best ethical practices and compliance with current accounting standards and laws. Accountants may acquire specialized knowledge of accounting which include the setting up and designing of an effective accounting system, the interpretation and preparation of financial and tax information, the reporting for business executives, partnerships, nonprofit and governmental agencies.

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Certificate of Achievement - Staff AccountantCertificate of Achievement Icon

16 units This Degree is earnable completely online

This program is for bookkeepers and accounting clerks who want to advance to a higher professional level. Business owners can strengthen their businesses with best practices and compliance with current accounting standards and laws. Accountants may acquire specialized knowledge of accounting which include the setting up and designing of an effective accounting system, and the interpretation and preparation of financial and tax information. Students completing this Certificate of Achievement may wish to pursue the Accounting Associate Degree by satisfying additional requirements.

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Certificate of Achievement - CPA Track CandidateCertificate of Achievement Icon

24 units This Degree is earnable completely online

After completing this program, students possess a range of accounting skills and an understanding of all the concepts tested on the Certified Public Accounting exam. These include GAAP, cost accounting, accounting forincome taxes, accounting ethics, professional auditing responsibilities and analysis of complex and advanced accounting topics. For information on the CPA exam, please see the California Board of Accountancy website (www.dca.ca.gov/cba/).

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Department Certificate - Business Bookkeeping “Department

12 units This Degree is earnable completely online

The bookkeeping certificate program is designed to provide students with basic accounting skills and knowledge necessary to obtain entry-level accounting and other accounting support positions in small and medium sized businesses..

PDF FileView Requirements Department Certificate in Business Bookkeeping