General Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) Degrees

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree at Missoula College UM


The Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree at UM is designed to be a general education transfer degree. It is considered to be the equivalent of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. In addition, most, if not all, Montana University System institutions recognize an AA or AS degree as having satisfied their lower-division general education requirements.

In addition to functioning as a transfer degree, other advantages of pursuing an AA or AS degree at Missoula College include: 

  • Making yourself more competitive in the job market
  • Demonstrating to potential employers you have college-level reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills
  • Taking up to six credits on the Mountain Campus each semester, thereby getting a jumpstart on courses required for a baccalaureate degree
  • Affordability

Students pursuing an AA or AS degree will work closely with their advisor in the Academic Advising Center to design a curriculum tailored to their specific academic and professional goals.

(Thank you to the wonderful students of KPCN for collaborating with the AAC to create the fantastic video above.)