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Are you intrigued by contemporary business challenges, topics and scenarios? The Business Administration department produces well-trained professionals who enter the workplace seamlessly and lead businesses into the future. Choose among programs that will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution with a strong business foundation; provide the technical knowledge and credentials for entry-level accounting or full-charge bookkeeping positions; or if you already have your bachelor’s degree, prepare you to sit for the uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. 

Our students continue to build strong business foundations outside the classroom through extracurricular activities such as Accounting Night and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, where qualified students get experience completing tax returns for the community. Led by talented faculty who possess practical business experience and active CPA licensure, students in Business Administration study and explore some of the most in-demand areas of business, accounting and finance.


Students interested in accounting can choose between career or transfer degrees. The department offers both, as well as three credit certificates. 

Learn more about majoring in Accounting.

Faculty and Staff

All business administration faculty and staff have offices located in the Careers Center building on the AACC Arnold campus. Feel free to contact them.

Academic Chair

Lawrie Gardner, CPA, academic chair and professor
CRSC 339


Beverly Beatty, CPA, professor
CRSC 319 

Robert "Reb" Beatty, CPA, CFE, CGMA, associate professor
CRSC 315 


Office Staff

Donna Sutherland, office manager
CRSC 322

Resources for Students

We strive to provide you practical experience that improves your learning, enhances your college life, and benefits you personally and professionally.

Business/Accounting Lab

Visit the tutoring page to learn more about virtual help during the pandemic.

Accounting Night

Each fall the department invites students, staff, faculty and community members to talk with industry experts on topics including individual tax returns, personal budgeting, and student aid and student loans.

CPA Night

Each spring, students meet with professionals from public accounting firms, government, private industry and educators to explore opportunities in their field. Learn what it’s like to work in those fields and even apply for a job.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Offered in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the nonprofit organization Maryland Cash, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free federal and state income tax assistance, preparation and filing to individuals who earn less than $55,000. VITA is managed by a full-time faculty member who reviews all returns prepared by current and former AACC student volunteers. The service is open to students and community members and typically serves more than 200 individuals each year. Get help with your taxes or get great job experience by helping prepare taxes.

Learn more about VITA.

Links to Accounting Organizations and Associations

Accounting with the Government


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School of Business and Law
Business Administration

Lawrie Gardner, CPA., chair


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