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About the Insurance Program

Tap Into a Booming Industry with a Career in Insurance


The insurance industry is a great place to start a promising career. If you thrive in team environments, are adept at solving problems and have an entrepreneurial spirit, insurance offers many benefits including hundreds of thousands of job opportunities. Our programs are designed to prepare you for positions including claims adjuster, appraiser, examiner, investigator and underwriter, with additional options in sales, legal and even data science.


You can transfer just about any skill to a career in insurance. Many roles require strong communication, deductive reasoning skills, creativity, design and scheduling proficiencies. Outside industries that involve insurance education and training include retail, hospitality, gaming and the public sector. Students preparing for entry-level and advanced insurance careers take courses in personal, property and liability, and commercial insurance. This career path offers you the opportunity to shape what insurance will look like for years to come.


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

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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Associate of Science - Insurance Professional Associate in Science Degree

26-28 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Insurance Professional Certificate of Achievement

26-28 units This Degree is earnable completely online

This program prepares students for highly skilled positions in the insurance industry, such as claims adjuster, examiner, investigator, salesperson, legal support worker or insurance underwriter. Course offerings include personal insurance, property and liability insurance, commercial insurance and ethics, among others.

Certificate of Achievement - Insurance SpecialistCertificate of Achievement

11 units This Degree is earnable completely online

Our department certificate is a focused short-term treatment designed to expose students to the various aspects of Insurance and job opportunities.

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