3.16 Graduation Policy


Upon successful completion of program requirements, a student will be eligible to receive an Associate in Science degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, a diploma, or a certificate as listed for each major. Total credit requirements will vary by program and have been determined based upon curriculum requirements, advisory committee recommendations and Program Development Staff at the System office.


The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees range from 64 to 85 credits and include at least 18 semester credits of general education. Students must select courses from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

The Associate in Science (AS) degrees are 64 credits in length. Each of them contains 30-40 credits of general education and 24-34 credits of technical education. The general education credits are to be from the MnTC, which is transferable in whole or in part to other Minnesota state colleges and universities. Students must select courses from six MnTC goal areas. An Associate in Science degree is designed to provide a substantial general education component. An Associate of Science degree may include the entire MnTC.

Diploma programs range from 30 to 72 semester credits and contain primarily technical courses. The two-year diploma includes a minimum of 11 semester credits of general education as well as the required technical credits.

Certificate programs require from 10 to 30 semester credits. Some certificates are at entry level and some are advanced certificates that require completion of another program or equivalent occupational experience. In programs where students have the option of earning either a diploma or a degree, the award choices are noted for each major.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 12/21/2011
Last Date Revised: 12/21/2011