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Do you like to work with numbers? And do you want to have a variety of career paths available to you?

Consider Anne Arundel Community College’s Accounting program! You can choose from tax, auditing, financial planning, forensic, governmental or managerial career paths. No matter your choice, you’ll enter one of the most lucrative areas of business. At AACC, you will be taught by certified public accountants, many of whom are still working. Your professors 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 right now or prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found on this website. You can also learn more about transferring from AACC to continue your education.

Financial Accounting, A.A.S.

You’ll sharpen your analytical, communication and organizational skills 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.)


Business Administration Transfer, A.S.

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.

Business Administration Transfer (A.S.)

Credit Certificates

The following certificates prepare students for employment and/or further study.

Financial Accounting (CPA)

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 (CPA) Exam. You’ll take a broad range of specialty accounting courses, with the ability to choose electives in marketing, management, business law and more.

Financial Accounting (certificate)

Professional Bookkeeper

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.

Professional Bookkeeper (certificate)

What can you do with a degree or certificate in Accounting?

Accounting is a highly valued profession leading to a number of satisfying career paths, including:

  • Public accounting (including financial, tax, forensics and business valuations)
  • Managerial accounting
  • Governmental accounting
  • Accounting assistant
  • Accounting paraprofessional
  • Accounts receivable or accounts payable clerks
  • Billing auditors or specialist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll accountant

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Related Studies

If Accounting sounds appealing, but you'd like to compare it to other AACC offerings, check out one of these related studies!


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School of Business and Law
Business Administration/Accounting

Robert "Reb" Beatty, CPA, CFE, CGMA, chair


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