AA Degree Requirements
An Associate of Arts (AA) degree requires the following:
- Total of 60 earned credits, at least 30 of which much be taken at UM
- Successful completion of all lower-division general education requirements
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Students work with their advisor to determine which of the two general education cores (UM General Education Requirements or MUS Transfer Core) is most appropriate for them. Please refer to the General Education section of this website for more information on both cores.
In order to reach 60 earned credits, many students take electives in areas of interest or in different subject areas that help enhance skills necessary to be competitive in their chosen career field. Those who intend on completing a baccalaureate degree often take courses that will count towards their future major, while still completing requirements for the AA. There are plenty of opportunities for general education "double dipper" courses to maximize the amount of elective courses the student could take to get to 60 earned credits, depending on his/her goals.
General AA degree students are permitted to enroll in up to 6 credits of mountain campus courses each semester. The AAC advisors encourage those who plan on a baccalaureate degree to begin enrolling in mountain campus courses their first semester. Not only does this aid in the "transition" process between campuses later, but it also gives students the opportunity to work towards their future major. (Students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree are encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Tracks webpage to see if their intended degree offers a pre-made course plan.)
In addition, taking classes on the mountain campus may be required for many students to satisfy general education requirements (e.g. foreign languages, and the "Y" perspective are available solely on the mountain campus). Careful planning with their advisor is encouraged so students may get the most out of mountain campus opportunities.
Students may count up to 15 technical credits towards the 60 credits required for the AA degree. If a student has previously earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, s/he may count up to 20 technical credits towards the 60 total.
The 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA is the GPA for all courses taken at UM. Transfer work is not included in this calculation.