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Learn here for a business career anywhere! 

A rich curriculum, experienced faculty and opportunities for students to network with local businesses make Carroll the best choice for a Business Administration degree.

For students who want to transfer to a 4-year institution, this program’s sequence of courses is designed to provide the fundamentals of business administration, then build upon those basics with a focus on accounting, marketing, management, law, entrepreneurship and economics. 

You will also learn to think critically, communicate effectively and be given hands-on experience in using state-of-the-art technology and business applications. You can then take coursework that gives you a concentration in accounting, international business or management information systems.

Should you study Business?

The courses in the Business Administration program support further education toward a Bachelor's degree or immediate employment in any type of business setting locally or globally. If you like to work directly with others to plan, coordinate and take direct action to promote the mission of an organization and keep it running smoothly, this program is for you. 

Relevant skills this program will help you develop or improve include creative problem solving, writing clearly, leading others, initiating or following through with plans, and more.

The concentrations in the Business Administration program include Accounting, International Business and Management Information Systems. Coursework in these concentrations allow students to explore areas they are more interested in, and which lead to more specific business degrees when transferring to a 4-year institution.

The new Business Management AAS degree program provides students who are more interested in entering the work world right away with a basic understanding of business and the practical skills needed for entry-level positions in office management.  

Students will also develop networking relationships with the local Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and businesses in the Carroll County area, business owners who are part of the Business and Accounting Advisory Board, and contacts made on trips to visit area/national/global businesses during the school year. This helps students create meaningful relationships that can lead to employment.

Why choose Carroll for your Business degree?

  • Save money without sacrificing quality. Our faculty are experts in their fields, many of whom have substantial industry experience, bringing the practicalities of business to the classroom.
  • Gain practical experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Along with on-campus workshops on specific business topics taught by regional experts, you will have the opportunity to take trips to experience business behind the scenes. Past trips have included Macy’s, Under Armour, M&T Stadium, Camden Yards, Knorr Brake and Fuchs, North America.
  • Get involved with campus Business clubs. You are encouraged to engage with other students focusing on business, such as the Finance Club, making connections with fellow classmates.

High achieving students in the program are recognized each semester as Sturm Scholars by Carroll’s Business faculty. Business majors with a 3.200 GPA may be eligible for membership in the national Business Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma.

Testimonials

“I always had an interest in studying business administration, but I didn’t know which focus I wanted to pursue. Studying business at Carroll allowed me to take different courses that all worked towards my degree, while also helping me decide which major I wanted to pursue when I transferred.” –Thomas Putman

“Every business class I have taken at Carroll has been very organized and instructive. The teachers are informative while still presenting each topic in an interesting way. From lectures to field trips, seminars to online simulations, it is impossible to get bored with how the information is presented in each class.” –Juliana Howard

“Without the business curriculum I had, I wouldn’t have been able to test myself being out of my comfort zone, meet a lot of new people, establish strong friendships, learn a lot about not only business but about life too, and figure out my strengths that I should be developing and my weaknesses that I should keep working on.” –Iliyan Slavov


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Faculty Spotlight

 

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Marlene Titus

Marlene has a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola College (now known as Loyola University, Baltimore). She practiced law in the areas of corporate/business/bankruptcy and general litigation. Marlene’s held positions at Carroll Community College in the non-credit Miller Center for Small Business, and as the Navigator and adjunct faculty in the Cybersecurity department. She’s been an adjunct faculty member since 2015. Marlene is now Assistant Professor and the Program Director for the Business and Accounting Department, teaching courses in business and business law.

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Jonathan Boyle

Jonathan Boyle has a B.A. in History from John Carroll University and an M.B.A. in Management and Marketing from The University of Toledo. For 18 years, he has taught a variety of online and face-to-face business courses at higher education institutions located in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. In 2019, Jonathan started as a full-time faculty at Carroll teaching courses in Business.

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Margo Chaney Adkins

Margo Chaney Adkins holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems and a M.Ed. in Post-Secondary Education from Salisbury University. She has taught and created curriculum for online, hybrid and self-directed formats in higher education at Carroll Community College for thirteen years and face-to-face for sixteen years. Prior to Carroll, she taught IT and software courses at Anne Arundel Community College and Wor-Wic Community College and has several years’ experience in the private sector. She is also an author and editor of the Pearson “Skills for Success” series for 2013, 2016 and 2019. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Introduction to Computer Information Systems, Business Management AAS and the Office Technology programs at Carroll Community College.

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Kristen Maszarose

Kristen Maszarose holds a B.A. in Business from Ohio University and an M.S. in Management, Marketing specialization, from the University of Maryland University College (now known as the University of Maryland Global Campus). Her experience ranges from sales and marketing to advising at the higher education level. She has been teaching in both the online and face-to-face environment for three years. Kristen is currently an Instructor teaching business, marketing and personal finance courses at Carroll.

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Jim Ourand

James (Jim) Ourand has a B.A. in Accounting from Frostburg State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Baltimore. He is an active Certified Public Accountant supporting clients in accounting, tax and business advising. For more than 30 years, he has held various positions in accounting, finance and management for large and small businesses. In 2018, he started as a full-time faculty at Carroll teaching courses in Accounting and Finance.

  

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

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Many graduates from this program transfer to 4-year colleges as business majors with a concentration in marketing, management, accounting, finance, international business, human resource management or management information systems. This program of study is also appropriate for students who plan to transfer to 4-year colleges in fields of study outside of business. Carroll has special transfer agreements with several schools.

Transfer schools may offer different tracks within their Business Department. Look for a school that offers the specialty you want, or look for a school with lots of options if you are uncertain about what area of Business you want to focus on.  

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

Where Can You Go?

Armed with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Carroll, you can do many things, from starting your own small business to working in a local business in an entry-level position.

Private, public and non-profit organizations all have need for some type(s) of business administration work. Acquired skills can be applied to a variety of areas including:

  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Logistics
  • Sales
  • Public Relations

Business Careers Outlook

According to a 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings in most business-related fields is projected to grow through 2026.*   

Business Career Strategies while at Carroll:

  • Taking courses in a secondary specialty such as Marketing or Information Systems will increase job opportunities.
  • Learn to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people and to work well on a team.
  • Learn to solve problems creatively and build strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Learn about opportunities and scholarships by becoming a student member of a professional association relevant to your area of business:

American Marketing Association

Association of Financial Professionals

Society for Human Resource Management

American Association of Advertising Agencies

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment by Detailed Occupation, 2016.


Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Business education by earning an AA degree at Carroll, you’ll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical 4-year college. 

What does this program cost?

The program runs for four 15-credit semesters, totaling 60 credits. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates. 

Need help paying for college?

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BusAdminFAQIs a business degree helpful if I want to start my own business?

Yes! The valuable skills you develop in the program—problem solving, communication, leadership, planning and more—can be applied to your entrepreneurial ventures. (You can get further expert help launching a business from Miller: Resources for Entrepreneurs.)

Is a Business Management AAS degree helpful if I want to start working in the business world right away?

Yes! The coursework prepares you for skills in various areas, including a basic understanding of the business world; accounting and bookkeeping practices including QuickBooks; and the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access). The skills you develop in this program will give you a leg up in obtaining jobs in the business sector, such as office manager and executive assistant. 

How long will it take me to get an A.A. degree in Business? 

Business degrees are 60 credits and can be completed in two years if the student completes 30 credits a year. Plan ahead! Not all courses are offered every semester. Please work with an advisor to develop your personalized academic plan. 

Which math course should I take? 

It depends on the requirements of the transfer school. Some require Applied Calculus while others require Statistics. This should be considered as you develop your academic plan. 

Do courses need to be taken in a certain order? 

The suggested course sequence is located in the College Course Catalog and accounts for prerequisite courses being taken in order.

What should I take first in the Business Administration program?

Introduction to Business, Introduction to Computer Information Systems and Accounting 101 are the first courses you should take. However, these do not all need to be taken in your first semester. General education courses, such as English or Science, are equally important.

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