Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, A.A.

Count on the Associate Accounting program at Carroll!

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With an emphasis on established accounting principles, our Accounting program offers students the most comprehensive knowledge and skills. 

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records, ensuring that these records are accurate and that any taxes are paid properly and punctually. Accountants also evaluate the financial operations of organizations and work to help them run efficiently.

Carroll’s Accounting Concentration in the Business Administration A.A. degree program prepares students for paraprofessional positions in accounting offices of business and governmental agencies. Students learn accounting principles with extensive use of technology and apply this knowledge through coursework on law, economics and financial statements.

In addition to acquiring a basic knowledge of accounting, graduates of this program will be able to perform bookkeeping and entry-level accounting work through the general ledger, and prepare financial statements and managerial reports. 

Why Carroll for Accounting:

  • Many of our courses are offered in accelerated, 7-week formats. 
  • Evening/online courses available
  • Accounting majors with a 3.200 GPA may be eligible for membership in Alpha Beta Gamma, the International Business Honor Society.

An Accounting Certificate and a Bookkeeping Certificate are also available. Visit our Accounting pages for more information

“Every business class I took at Carroll encouraged participation in and out of the class. Through my Accounting course, I was able to train and join Carroll’s Volunteer Income Tax Preparation program.” 

–Thomas Putman, Accounting Program student


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.

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Faculty Spotlight



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


What can I do?

Students who complete the Accounting Concentration in Business Administration A.A. degree program will have the skills to enter the workforce directly as paraprofessionals in accounting offices of businesses and governmental agencies, or to transfer seamlessly to a 4-year college/university in Maryland or out-of-state. (Carroll has special transfer agreements with several schools.)

For those who have already attained a bachelor’s degree, the College prepares them for the CPA examination through the CPA Certificate program.

Accountants and auditors can expect a healthy job market over the course of the next decade, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with faster than average projected job growth of 10%.

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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.

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

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

What math courses should I take for the Accounting program?

Applied Calculus (MATH -132) and Introduction to Statistical Methods (MATH-115) are required for Business majors at many 4-year schools. However, different schools may have different transfer requirements. You should work closely with your faculty advisor to ensure you’re meeting your prospective transfer school’s requirements.

Do courses need to be taken in a certain order? 

Accounting 102 is dependent upon successful completion of Accounting 101.