Associate of Arts

Program Description

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The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for you to develop entry-level career skills or earn your first two years of college credits for transfer to earn your bachelor’s degree. This degree is a general liberal arts degree and 40 of the 60 credits earned must be taken within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). If you plan to transfer, work closely with your admissions and academic advisors to be sure you are taking the right classes to meet your goals.


  • Our instructors have real world experience and bring their expertise in business and industry to the classroom.
  • You’ll gain in-demand professional skills in communication, collaboration and teamwork.
  • We offer a flexible schedule, allowing you to choose courses during the day, at night or online, providing convenient scheduling options.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

In coming years, the number of jobs requiring a college credential is projected to grow twice as fast as those requiring no college experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with an Associate degree are more likely to be employed and earn more than those who have no college degree at all.

Potential Job Titles

  • Customer service professional
  • Retail sales associate
  • Patient services representative

Where You Could Work

  • Small and medium-sized businesses
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations