Business Management, A.A.S.

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Kick-start your career in business management!

A contemporary curriculum, flexible learning and dedicated instructors make Carroll’s Business Management program a great choice to launch your business career.

Today’s managers are key personnel in organizational planning and improvement. Carroll’s Associate of Applied Science degree program in Business Management is designed for students seeking immediate employment in entry-level management positions or for those already employed to further develop their skills.

Students in our program develop skills in general business, human resources, marketing, management and information technology. This degree can be completed entirely online and several of the courses are offered in condensed formats. 

Certify Your Skills

Many courses in this program also include the ability to earn industry certifications. Earning a certification demonstrates that you have thorough knowledge of that technology, including: 

  • MOS Word Associate Certification
  • MOS PowerPoint Associate Certification
  • MOS Excel Associate Certification
  • MOS Access Expert Certification
  • MOS Outlook Associate Certification
  • Intuit QuickBooks® Online Certified User Certification

Why choose Carroll for your Business Management degree?

  • Offers practical & relevant courses at an affordable cost
  • Taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in their fields 
  • Certification preparation integrated into the curriculum
  • Flexible course formats—online, on-campus, synchronous & condensed 
  • You can earn this degree 100% online
  • Be job-ready upon graduation


Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Business education by earning an AAS degree at Carroll, in four semesters you’ll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical 4-year college. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates. 

The Business Management program runs for four 15-credit semesters, totaling 60 credits. The six (6) certification exams cost an additional $505.00 above the 60 credits and are paid during registration for the course.

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Graduates of the Business Management AAS program can immediately begin an entry-level career in business with the knowledge of basic business and management skills. You can also apply skills learned in this program to start your own business.

In addition, this degree can transfer to 4-year institutions for students who desire to pursue a business management or administration degree. 


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. By using ARTSYS, students can best plan the necessary courses that will transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

Since 4-year institutions’ requirements vary, it is suggested that students contact the academic advisors of preferred transfer institutions.


With an AAS degree in Business Management from Carroll, you can apply your acquired skills to a variety of professional areas including:

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

According to a 2020 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings in business management fields is projected to have higher than average growth through 2029.* 

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:

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment by Detailed Occupation, 2020.


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.

Upon successful completion of this program students will:

  • Explain the process and functions of management and their impact on human resources.
  • Analyze financial statements and transactions and how they impact the organization.
  • Deliver effective oral and written communications.
  • Use fundamental business software applications.
  • Describe the role of marketing in building and managing customer relationships.

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Is 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 information technology—can be applied to your entrepreneurial ventures. (You can get further expert help launching a business from Miller: Resources for Entrepreneurs.)

How long will it take me to get an AAS degree in Business Management? 

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? 

MATH 115 is a requirement for this program.

Do courses need to be taken in a certain order? 

Accounting 101 is required before registering for Accounting 275. Introduction to Business 101 is required before registering for Business Law 205, Marketing 201 and Management 201. The recommended course sequence is located in the College Catalog.