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Program Types

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC): 40 credits
Designed to provide the general education requirements in all 10 goal areas for the Associate of Arts degree, the MnTC is accepted by all Minnesota public higher education institutions to fulfill the lower division general education requirements for a Bachelor in Arts degree.  

Associate in Arts (A.A.): 60 credits
Designed for transfer, the A.A. degree constitutes the full first two years of a liberal arts bachelor degree program. An A.A. degree includes the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (40 semester credits in all 10 goal areas) as the general education requirement.

Associate in Science (A.S.): 60 credits
Designed for transfer, the A.S. degree may also be used for career preparation. The MnTC requirement for the A.S. degree includes 30 credits in 6 goal areas.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.): 60-72 credits
Designed for career preparation, the A.A.S. degree may also be used for transfer. The MnTC requirement includes 20 credits in 3 goal areas.

Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.): minimum of 60 credits
Designed for transfer to B.F.A. or B.A. programs, the A.F.A. degree may also be used for career preparation. Depending on the particular A.F.A. degree, the MnTC requirement may include a minimum of 60 credits in at least 6 goals areas. 

Certificates: 9-30 credits
Designed for career preparation and enhancement, most credit certificate programs can be completed in either one or two semesters and give students a solid foundation of knowledge in a specific field.

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