Fall into the “GAAP”- “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” that is! Learning accounting is as easy as one-two-three, and it will prepare students for rewarding jobs in public or private accounting or finance. Come explore the accounting certificates and degrees offered by DVC. Start training for an exciting career right now!

When and where are classes offered?

Students can choose from day, evening, weekends, short-term, and summer classes. Courses are offered at our convenient campuses in Pleasant Hill and San Ramon. Flexible online classes are also offered that students can access from almost anywhere and at anytime.

How long will it take to earn a certificate of achievement or accounting degree?

It generally takes students two terms to earn a certificate of achievement depending on how courses are sequenced and how often courses are offered. It takes about two years of full-time study to meet the requirements for a degree in accounting.

Where can I get more information?

The DVC Business Administration Department offers a wide selection of high-quality business courses throughout the year. Its dedicated faculty and helpful staff are committed to helping students meet their business education goals. The expert faculty include business educators, practitioners, small-business owners, attorneys, technical writers, consultants, CPAs, human resource specialists, corporate executives, and other professionals.

What is the accounting program?

The accounting program prepares students for entry-level employment in almost any industry. As an accounting student, you can build a career as an accountant, use your education as a stepping-stone for starting a business, enter public service, or pursue middle and upper-management positions. In addition to accounting courses, the program includes courses in:

  • business law
  • international business
  • statistics
  • business communications
  • small business management
  • entrepreneurship

The certificate of achievement and degree program helps students develop critical thinking, problem solving and business judgment skills. The integrated program adopts a real-world perspective by using research, oral and written communication, current events, team projects, and computer applications.

Why study accounting?

Accounting is used in many areas of business and government including finance and investments, product sales, technology, manufacturing, taxation, marketing, construction, banking, health care, education, consulting, real estate, law, and insurance. Diablo Valley College’s accounting program prepares students for a diverse range of challenging and stimulating accounting and financial management positions.

What can I gain by completing an accounting certificate or degree?

As a student of the accounting program, you will gain an in-depth understanding of:

  • financial (external) accounting
  • managerial (internal) accounting
  • individual and business taxation
  • financial statement auditing
  • accounting for non-profits
  • accounting and tax software applications
  • payroll accounting
  • ethics in accounting

What can I do with an accounting degree or certificate of achievement in accounting?

  • staff or payroll accountant
  • government auditor
  • business manager
  • tax and financial advisor
  • financial/budget analyst
  • business owner
  • certified public accountant

What are the requirements to earn an accounting degree or certificate of achievement in accounting?

To earn the accounting degree or certificate in accounting you must:

  • complete each course used to meet a certificate requirement with a “C” grade or higher,
  • complete at least 25 percent of all coursework for the certificate at Diablo Valley College.

Many of DVC’s accounting courses are transferable to four-year universities. Courses may also be used for qualification to take the CPA examination.

Program taught in:
  • English

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