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Associate of Applied Science - Business Administration

The people in finance and accounting help ensure that a business is run efficiently, that its revenue streams and expenditure needs are in balance, that its financial records are accurate, and that its taxes and other debt obligations are paid properly and on time. Identified as a national “In Demand” occupation, American businesses have a continuing need for qualified finance and accounting managers and staff, with overall job prospects for qualified personnel expected to be very favorable over the next decade. (U.S. DoL)

Program Information

The MACC associate of applied science degree in Business Administration prepares graduates to work in a variety of occupations such as: accounting analyst, accounting assistant, accounting associate, accounting clerk, bookkeeper, accounts receivable clerk, fiscal technician, and more. MACC also offers a certificate option in accounting.

The combination of specialized courses to prepare graduates to immediately enter the workforce in the accounting field and the small class sizes make this program a perfect fit for those people wanting to begin their career in the world of finance. Students gain valuable knowledge in the areas of elementary, managerial, cost, federal, and computerized accounting as well as an understanding of business and marketing strategies.

Employment Opportunities

More than 2.1 million people across the country work as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks in private industries as well as in local, state, and federal governments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of positions in these areas are expected to continue to grow at an average pace through 2016.

Employment opportunities should be best for those individuals with at least a two-year degree and knowledge of computerized accounting applications as well as a strong understanding of accounting principles , experience with word-processing and spreadsheet applications, good speaking and writing skills, an attention to detail, and good customer service skills. Advancement opportunities to supervisors and managers exist as organizations tend to promote these positions from within. With continued education additional opportunities exist for clerks to become accountants or financial auditors.

Academic Map

This academic map is a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AAS degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. Additionally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information. Finally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years.


Course Semester Hours Milestone
  First Semester    
 ACC101  Elementary Accounting I 3  
 BOA261  Spreadsheet Applications (Accounting Only) 3  
 BUS100  Introduction to Business 3  
 CIT101 or
 Computer Essentials or
 Introduction to Information Technology
 LAL101  ^Composition I 3  LAL101
 MKT105  Principles of Marketing (Management & Marketing Only) 3  
 SKL101  College Orientation 1  SKL101
  Second Semester    
 ACC102  ^Elementary Accounting II 3  
   Biological or Physical Science 3  
 BUS112  Principles of Management 3  
   Emphasis Area Elective**** 3  
 MTH140 or
 ^College Algebra or
 ^Business Math/Electronic Calculations**
3  MTH140 or
  Third Semester    
 ACC110 or
 Personal Finance or
 Spreadsheet Applications (Management & Marketing Only)
 BUS120  Business Law I 3  
 BUS150  ^Business Communication 3  
 ECN101  Macroeconomics 3  
 SPK101  Public Speaking 3  
   Emphasis Area Elective**** 3  
  Fourth Semester    
 ACC110  Personal Finance (Accounting Only) 3  
 ECN102  ^Microeconomics (Management & Marketing Only)*** 3  
 PSC105 or
 Functions & Policies of American Government or
 American History to 1865
 MKT105 or
 Principles of Marketing or
 ^Microeconomics (Accounting Only)***
   Humanities 3  
 SKL250 or
 *Employment Seminar or
 *Accounting Intership or*Business Administration Internship
   Emphasis Area Electives**** 6  
  Total Hours for Degree 65-66  


*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

**It is recommended that students who choose Accounting for their Major Area Electives take BOA152 Business Math/Electronic Calculations in place of MTH140 College Algebra if their scores are below the MTH140 threshold on the Accuplacer assessment or MECA. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college should take MTH140 College Algebra.

***It is recommended that students take both ECN101 Macroeconomics and ECN102 Microeconomics at MACC if they are planning to transfer to a four-year college.

^Please refer to the course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).


****Emphasis Area Electives

Students choose one of the following emphasis areas and complete all four courses listed.


ACC210 Federal Income Tax Accounting
ACC211 Managerial Accounting
ACC214 Computerized Accounting Applications Using QuickBooks
ACC218 Payroll Accounting


BOA264 Database Management Using Microsoft Access
BUS113 Human Relations in Management
BUS121 Business Law II
BUS250 Business Opportunity Analysis


BUS121 Business Law II
BUS250 Business Opportunity Analysis
GRA110 Graphic Arts I or
GRA102 Graphics Software
MKT110 Advertising