Credit Programs

Visit our Explore Colleges page to learn about specific programs offered at your local community college. Contact your college’s Office of Admissions and Advising for assistance.

TYPES OF ASSOCIATE DEGREES

Associate degrees typically require 60 credits.

1. Designed primarily to lead to immediate employment.

  • A.A.S. Degree (Associate of Applied Science)

2. Designed primarily for transfer to a 4-year institution.
Students study 2 years at a community college, obtain an associate degree, and then continue studies at a 4-year institution.

‘Transfer Degrees’ or ‘2+2 Degrees’

  • A.A. Degree (Associate of Arts) – the first half of a baccalaureate degree in the arts or sciences.
  • A.A.T. Degree (Associate of Arts in Teaching) – the first half of a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification.
  • A.S.E. Degree (Associate of Science in Engineering) – the first half of a baccalaureate degree in engineering.
  • A.F.A Degree (Associate of Fine Arts) – the first half of a baccalaureate degree in professional arts or fine arts.

CERTIFICATES

  • Require approximately 24 – 30 credits, equivalent to about 1 year of full-time study.
  • Recognize successful completion of a sequence of courses focused on the development of specific technical skills.
  • Document proficiency in a subject area, and can help with employment.

LETTERS OF RECOGNITION

  • Require approximately 11 credits, equivalent to about 6 months of full-time study.
  • Awarded after a student successfully completes course within a specific program area.
  • Indicates the student demonstrates basic skills and knowledge required for immediate entry-level employment in a specific career field.

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS

(more information coming soon)

TRANSFERRING TO A 4-YEAR INSTITUTION

Connect to ARTSYS.usmd.edu to check on how your community college credits will transfer to a 4-year school.

REVERSE TRANSFER

agreement finalized May 2016