Master skills in demand across accounting fields and gain foundational knowledge of broader business concepts. Learn to analyze financial information and apply practical accounting practices across business structures.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring
Online, On Campus

  1. Apply basic principles, theories and procedures for recording and reporting financial data.
  2. Apply practical accounting practices in a variety of business structures including corporations, partnerships and small businesses
  3. Prepare financial reports and analyze relevant financial data
  4. Provide management support in the budgeting, planning and decision-making processes
  5. Apply knowledge of payroll laws and related procedures
  6. Apply knowledge of individual income tax laws (for A.A.A.S. degree students only)
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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The job outlook for accounting-related occupations is very good. Graduates may be hired as an Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Clerk, Full-Charge Bookkeeper, Junior Accountant, Ledger Clerk, Payroll Clerk, or Tax Preparer.

Potential employers include: Many of the new accounting positions will be created in small, rapidly growing businesses or CPA firms. The field also provides opportunities for temporary employment, part-time work or accounting services out of your home.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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