Are you searching for a flexible degree that will allow you to work in a fascinating and ever-expanding career? If so, you may want to consider Anne Arundel Community College’s Accounting program. You’ll be able to choose from a number of career paths—tax, auditing, financial planning, forensic, governmental, managerial—in one of the most lucrative areas of business. And at AACC, you’ll have the benefit of being taught directly by Certified Public Accountants, many of whom are still working. You’ll be taught by professors who truly care about your professional development and are dedicated to helping you determine which area of accounting is ideal for you. Your education can lead to a rewarding career path right now or help prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.
AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.
You’ll sharpen your analytical, communication and organizational skills in order to enter or advance as a paraprofessional in the field of accounting. (Students wishing to transfer to a four-year program should enroll in the Business Administration Transfer degree.)
If you're interested in earning a four-year degree or higher in accounting, business, economics or entrepreneurship, you may wish to consider the following Associate of Science (A.S.) in Business Administration. This degree will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose - career or transfer - we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your individual education goals.
You’ll gain a rich background in core business skills, such as accounting, statistics and business law. You’ll also complete common general education requirements such as English, math and science, so you are well prepared to transfer to a four-year program or college.
The following certificates prepare students for employment and/or further study.
You’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to become an entry-level accountant. Our program emphasizes the practical approach to public accounting and will prepare you for the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy.
Designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, our Financial Accounting certificate will prepare you to sit for the Maryland Certified Public Accountant Exam. You’ll take a broad range of specialty accounting courses, with the ability to choose electives in marketing, management, business law and more.
You’ll acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for the Professional Bookkeeper Certification Examination and to become a full-charge bookkeeper. You can also complete this certificate in only two terms.
Accounting is a highly valued profession leading to a number of satisfying career paths. Our graduates work in a range of fields— from public accounting (such as financial, tax, forensics, business valuations) to managerial accounting to governmental accounting. Some also choose to start their own small businesses. For those without a bachelor’s degree, exciting opportunities exist as accounting assistants, accounting paraprofessionals, accounts receivable or accounts payable clerks, billing auditors or specialists, bookkeepers, payroll accountants and more. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.
AACC also offers continuing education (noncredit) certificates through the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development for students looking to accelerate their careers.