Business Administration

Possible career opportunities - Business accounting

Study in accounting prepares students for careers in bookkeeping, private and public accounting, auditing, tax preparation and administration, cost and manufacturing accounting, financial services, payroll, software systems, corporate governance and financial investigation. Some career options require more than two years of college study.Degrees and certificates offered by the Business Administration Department

Associate in science degrees

Associate in science degree for transfer

Certificates of achievement

  • Advanced accounting (BUSAC)
  • Advanced general business (BUS)
  • Bookkeeping (BUSAC)
  • Business - transfer (BUS)
  • Business marketing (BUS)
  • Digital marketing (BUSMK)
  • General accounting (BUSAC)
  • General business (BUS)
  • Management and leadership studies (BUS)
  • Office professional (BUS)
  • Real estate (RE)
  • Small business management/entrepreneurship (BUS)
  • Wealth management (BUS) 

Certificates of accomplishment

  • Business essentials (BUS)
  • Office professional (BUS) 
  • Real estate salesperson (RE)
  • Small business management/entrepreneurship (BUS)

Business Administration Department Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Business Administration Department class schedules

Business Administration Department office hours

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The Business Department's Tutoring Lab is available for tutoring services during the summer semester. Our Zoom address is:
The lab is open Mon-Thurs from 9-Noon


DVC has partnered with community leaders to present relevant business workshops and events.

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Need help preparing your taxes? Do you have students who could use help?

Take advantage of this year’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 

VITA is sponsored by DVC’s Business Department, in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  We have a respectable number of volunteers (30+) that includes many of our own accounting students, and we need customers who can take advantage of the volunteer tax experts. Members of the campus community and the greater community will certainly benefit from the available talent.

Please encourage your community members and your students to stop by the following location and times to complete their tax returns. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site
Diablo Valley College, BFL 107
The Tax Clinic will be closed until further notice.

Questions? Please contact:

Mr. Chris Ybarra, DVC Site Coordinator
Phone: 507-338-2829 or (507 3DVCTAX)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Some past enterprises are detailed below

DVC Business Career Quest 2013 - presented April 26, 2013

career quest

This extraordinary event was proudly presented by the DVC Business Department in conjunction with the DVC Business Advisory Board on Friday, April 26, 2013 from
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the BFL Community Conference Center.

Interactive workshops with local business leaders were featured, plus it was a perfect opportunity to network with community leaders while learning about business education and career paths.

The unique interactive workshops included Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management, Real Estate, Financial Services, Architecture/Construction, and Non-Profit/
Community/Government teams. Students joined with business leaders in exploring topics, innovations, and questions in these areas.

The keynote speaker was be Dick Callahan, the voice of the Oakland A's and St. Mary's Gaels basketball team. He is a well-known and important figure in Bay Area athletics programs.

Career Quest was a free event and is open to DVC students and everyone in the local community.

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Career Connections Day - Diablo Valley College Business Education Division and Rotary Club Walnut Creek - presented September 25, 2012

career connectionsOn Tuesday, September 25, the first annual Career Connections Day took place at The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek. The DVC Business Administration Department and the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek cosponsored Career Connections Day, a special day to bring DVC business students and local business leaders together for a day of learning, sharing information, job shadowing, and networking.

The students and mentors arrived at 8 a.m. and began the morning with breakfast prepared by Wilma Lot Catering.

Students were matched up with mentors who worked in industries in which they are planning to major. After an hour, student rotated to new mentors, followed by a third session.

career connectionsIn all, 22 DVC business students met with 17 Rotary Club mentors. The mentors who volunteered their time were small business owners and entrepreneurs: a financial advisor, a food and beverage manager, an event planner, a technical writer, a franchise business owner, a banking VP and senior IT manager, a bank branch manager, an executive director of a nonprofit organization, a community education coordinator for a nonprofit, a city manager, a postmaster, a sales engineer for a telecommunications company, an attorney, a CEO with Boy Scouts of America, and a professional videographer. 

career connectionsAfter lunch the students got to hear four Rotary members give a keynote address about the Four-Way Ethics Test that can be used to make ethical decisions:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

We want to thank the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek for giving our students this memorable, beneficial, and very special day!

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business administrationThe Business Administration Department offers a variety of courses in the areas of accounting, office administration, computer applications, and business English/communications.

Using technology in a business settingWhether you are working toward your AA degree, taking courses to transfer to a four-year college or university, earning a certificate, or updating your skills, we have the courses you need.

So take time to look at our course offerings, certificate programs (see list above), and current class schedule. Also take this opportunity to find out about our faculty. We care about your future!

Drop in counseling is available for business students on Thursdays from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the Counseling Center. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcomed.

Contact us

Department Chair:

Martha Laham 925-969-2328 BFL 215