Liberal Arts & Sciences AA Degree

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What is a Transfer Degree?

Transfer degrees are designed for students who plan to continue their degree studies at a four-year university or college. By earning M State's Liberal Arts & Sciences degree - also referred to as the Associate of Arts (AA), General Education or University Transfer degree - students fulfill the first two years of most bachelor's degree programs, completing general education requirements and some major requirements.

Close to half of our students come to M State seeking a University Transfer degree. They choose M State for many reasons, including our smaller class sizes, personalized education and low cost per credit. At M State, you'll get a four-year college experience with all the advantages of a two-year college campus.

Our academic advisors are ready to help you tailor your course schedule and create a curriculum based on your career interests. Course requirements can vary according to your intended major and the four-year institution that you plan to attend, so our focus is on providing each student with a personalized education plan.


Liberal Arts & Sciences AA Degree

Associate of Arts (AA)
General Education
University Transfer

The Liberal Arts & Sciences AA degree forms the foundation of a traditional liberal arts education and will satisfy a large portion of the general education course requirements for bachelor's degrees at four-year colleges and universities. The degree is the basic graduation award toward which most students will work if they intend to transfer. It emphasizes a broad general education. In order to obtain an AA degree, students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 semester credits numbered 1000 or above.
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 2.00 and a GPA of 2.00 within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
  • Earn at least 20 of the 60 credits at M State.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 credits from the MnTC and fulfill individual requirements in each of the 10 MnTC goal areas.

Students may satisfy the MnTC requirement with a variety of courses and credits. Some courses will meet more than one of the 10 required goal areas. Fulfilling the minimum requirements in each goal area may not satisfy the 40-credit minimum. Some additional credits beyond the minimum requirements in Goals 1-10 could be needed to achieve the overall 40-credit MnTC requirement. Students should carefully review and monitor their progress.

Students may pursue the degree part-time or full-time. Full-time students may expect to complete the degree in about two years.

In order to be certified as having met all the requirements of the college's Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a student must successfully complete courses as prescribed in the following Liberal Arts & Sciences education distribution areas with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Transfer courses with grades of A-D will be included in the GPA calculation for the MnTC.

See below for a summary of all Liberal Arts & Sciences degree requirements as well as a listing of all current courses offered and which MnTC goal area(s) they meet.

A Liberal Arts & Sciences AA degree can provide you the means to transfer into a wide range of academic fields including:


Computer Science
Criminal Justice

Fisheries and Wildlife
Health Occupations
Human Services
Mass Communications
Physical Therapy
Political Science

Social Work
Sports Management
Visual Arts


Liberal Arts and MnTC Requirements

The AA Degree Requirements & MnTC Course Listing contains a summary of all requirements for the Liberal Arts & Sciences AA degree, as well as a complete listing of all current courses offered that meet each of the 10 MnTC goal areas.

The AA Planning Worksheet provides students with a printable worksheet they can use to track and plan their progress toward the Liberal Arts & Sciences degree requirements. Students enrolled in the Liberal Arts & Sciences program should also use their Degree Audit Report (DARS) to monitor their progress.

Last modified: August 14th, 2015 at 09:53am