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This pathway prepares students for a degree in Business Administration. Students learn accounting principles within a business setting and apply this knowledge through coursework on law, economics and financial statements.
  • Guaranteed transfer with the A.A. degree (must be competitive for selective admissions options) to public Maryland school.
  • Seamless transfer to out of state schools if you work closely with an academic adviser.
  • Great merit based scholarship opportunities for high achieving community college students, at public and private schools.
  • Special transfer agreements to various schools.
  • Applied Calculus (MATH -132) and Introduction to Statistical Methods (MATH-115) are required for Business majors at many four-year schools.
  • Transfer schools may offer different tracks within their Business Department. Look for a school that offers the specialty area you want pursue. If you're uncertain about which area to pursue, look for a school that offers lots of options.

 Associate of Arts-Business Admin, Accounting

Faculty Advisor: Shanelle Hopkins Phone: 410-386-8247 Email: The Accounting program of study prepares students for paraprofessional positions in accounting offices of business and governmental agencies. In this program, emphasis is placed on accounting principles as they are applied in business settings with extensive use of technology. In addition to acquiring a basic knowledge of accounting, graduates of this program should be able to perform bookkeeping and entry-level accounting work through the general ledger and prepare financial statements and managerial reports. Accounting majors with a 3.200 GPA may be eligible for membership in Alpha Beta Gamma.

General Education Requirements

Take 1 Fine and Performing Arts Area or Humanities Area course, plus Introduction to Speech Communication (COMM-105 formerly SPCH-101).  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
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  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
Choose 2 General Education Science courses; one must be a lab course.   Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.
Take Principles of Macro Economics and another Social and Behavioral Science course.  Courses from the following departments count toward this requirement.

Accounting Program Requirements


Take 3 elective credits. (Use ARTSYS and/or the receiving institution's catalog to select your course.)

 Certificate-Accounting: CPA Exam Qualification

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Faculty Advisor: Shanelle Hopkins Phone: 410-386-8247 Email: Candidates for a Maryland CPA license must possess a bachelor's degree (in any field of study), must have earned at least 150 college level credits and must have completed coursework in accounting, law, economics, mathematics, ethics, marketing, management, writing and public speaking. The CPA Examination Qualification Certificate includes all required coursework for eligibility to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Maryland. Students should also visit the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy's website,, for information on educational and practical work experience requirements as well as examination dates.

Accounting Certificate Requirements

Career Strategies

Business Strategies

  • Consider completing the Bookkeeping Certificate, to gain experience while you continue your accounting degree.
  • Apply your accounting skills in the VITA program or other non-profit organizations
  • Develop excellent computer skills. Learn relevant software packages.
  • Accounting students should develop their analytical, critical-thinking and problem solving skills. They should also develop high ethical standards.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail are important traits for accountants.
  • Being bi-lingual give you the versatility to work for an international corporation.
  • Take classes outside of accounting in a related field (i.e. finance or budget analysis) to broaden your scope of knowledge.
  • Build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.

International Business Strategies

  • Seek cultural experiences in the community and on campus
  • Study world governments, economics and religions in class or via a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
  • Become fluent in at least one additional language.

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Business Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Volunteer your expertise in your specialization (accounting, marketing, etc.) at non-profit organizations; build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Cultivate strong persuasion skills.  Learn how to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and build relationships.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Develop problem solving skills, self-confidence, assertiveness and empathy to deliver effective customer service.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge as well as leadership positions in community organizations
  • Become comfortable with giving presentations. Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101, Advanced Public Speaking SPCH -01, etc.).
  • Create your resume, social media and professional brand.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via Linked In, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Follow blogs or websites of accomplished individuals you admire.
  • Talk to professionals in the industry; conduct informational interviews.
  • Gain experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in a business environment.
  • Follow businesses in your area of interest through Facebook, LinkedIn, Glassdoor and social media.
  • Develop strong teamwork skills from work or student organization(s) experiences.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, etc.).
  • Develop excellent computer skills, including relevant software packages, from online tutorials, MOOCs or Carroll classes. .