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Accounting, Business, Economics, Marketing

Accounting, Business, Economics, and Marketing are the foundations of every industry and a natural place to start or continue your education. Regardless of the industry you are in or entering, you will benefit from the knowledge and skills you learn at San Diego City College.
We offer degrees and certificates to meet your needs -- whether you are studying to transfer to a four-year college, pursuing a job or promotion, or starting or working in a business.

Earn associate degrees in accounting, business, entrepreneurship, and real estate or an array of certificates for academic and career advancement. An education at City College is exactly what you need to launch into your exciting career!

Course Catalog Description

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Program Emphasis

The Business Studies department offers five program areas. These include the Business Studies Transfer area and four areas with the entry level vocational coursework: Small Business Management and Real Estate. There are many certificates in each area that students may take to prepare them for certain job skills. However, only one associate degree can be awarded. A student must choose an associate degree in Transfer or Accounting or Small Business Management or Real Estate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Develop and apply appropriate communication skills across various business settings.
  • Analyze business scenarios to formulate and implement plans of action.
  • Leverage technology to manage and use information for decision making.

Majors, Degrees & Certificates


Degree - Associate of Science in Accounting
Certificates of Performance

  • Recordkeeping for a Small Business
  • Bookkeeping for a Small Business
  • Certified Public Accountant Preparation Program
  • Tax Preparer
  • VITA Tax Preparation Training

Business Administration

Consider the Associate of Science in Business Administration if you are attending San Diego City College to complete your general education requirements, to save money, or to transfer. Everyone pursuing an associate degree should meet with a counselor to plan their path for success. 

Degree - Associate of Science in Business Administration for Transfer - AS-T
This degree is specifically designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college in the California State University (CSU) system.

Degree - Associate of Science in Business Administration

Small Business Management Entrepreneur

Degree - Associate in Science in Business Studies - Small Business Management Entrepreneur

Certificate of Achievement - Small Business Management Entrepreneur

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest level certificate you can earn. The Certificates of Performance are stepping stones to earning this Certificate of Achievement. You will gain knowledge in planning to start, operate, or work in small businesses. This certificate is 36 units and consists of an average of fourteen courses.

Certificates of Performance

  • Management and Team Building
    This certificate is designed for persons who are already in the workforce or own and operate their own small business.  The certificate is deal for people who seek to improve their professional proficiencies or acquire new skills. This certificate requires 12 units and consists of four courses. Complete this certificate to learn basic management principles, human relations, and improve your skills in written and oral business communication and marketing.

  • Sports Management
    This certificate explores the sports industry, focusing on sports management and business communication methods. Students learn about sports management topics including sales, marketing, game operations, finances, public relations, communications, and customer service. Emphasis is placed on careers in the sports industry. It requires 9 units and consists of three courses.

  • Starting and Managing a Small Business
    This certificate is designed for people who currently own, operate, or work for a small business and want to strengthen their business skills. Study small business management, business plan development, and the principles of marketing. It requires 9 units and consists of three courses.

  • Business Communications and Cultural Competence
    This certificate is designed to enhance business and interpersonal relationships. Students will learn to use successful communication techniques and develop an understanding of cross-cultural communication, including the nuances of verbal and nonverbal language. It requires 6 units and consists of two courses.

  • Business Operations - Cannabis Dispensary
    This Certificate explores the fundamental practices of managing a cannabis dispensary. Emphasis is placed on specific operational skills needed for the industry, including management, legal compliance, accounting, and security.

  • Business Presentations
    Enhance your skills with business software for word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentations. This certificate requires 6 units and consists of only two courses.

  • Customer Relationship Management
    This certificate focuses on the fundamentals of customer service and professional selling. Prepare for an entry level position or refine your skills. It requires 6 units and consists of two courses.

  • Writing and Computational Skills for Business
    In completing this certificate, students will practice the fundamentals of business math and written and oral communication, learn practical aspects of math as it is used in business, and apply effective communication in a variety of business situations. It requires 6 units and consists of two courses.

  • Working Education
    This certificate is for students who want to gain hands-on experience working in teams operating on-campus businesses. It requires 7 units that can be completed in two semesters in an on-campus internship.