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You know that in order to do good, you must run your organization well. You intuitively understand nonprofits are businesses too, and want to run it as efficiently and effectively as possible. Anne Arundel Community College’s Social Enterprise area of concentration will help you hone your business acumen through a focus on nonprofits’ needs, a cutting-edge curriculum, and faculty with in-depth nonprofit experience. Our program will help you take your organization—and career—to the next level. If you’re interested, you’ll also be able to transfer to a top four-year university or college.


Career Degree

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.

Social Enterprise, Business Management, A.A.S.

You’ll learn the best principles of business, and how they can help your nonprofit flourish. You’ll acquire an in-depth understanding of nonprofit management, and also be able to specialize your studies according to your needs. The skills you acquire will help you fast-track your career. 

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Credit Certificate

The following certificate prepares students for employment and feeds into the A.A.S. degree, if desired.

Social Enterprise, Business Management

You’ll prepare for a 21st-century career in today’s technologically advanced workplace. You’ll enhance your communication skills, while coming to an in-depth understanding of nonprofit management. You’ll also be able to tailor your studies according to your interests, whether it be sales, marketing, customer service, or management.

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Interested in Transfer?

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.

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 college.

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What can you do with a degree in Social Enterprise?

Our program was born out of a special relationship with Goodwill, and our graduates are prepared to hold almost any position at a nonprofit. Some specialize in fundraising; many go on to be managers or executive directors. Plus, with four-year transfer agreements with dozens of top colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree from AACC has never been a better investment. 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.


Related Studies

If Social Enterprise sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these is a better fit.