3.16 Graduation Policy

Policy

Upon successful completion of program requirements, a student is eligible to receive an Associate in Science degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, Associate in Arts degree, a diploma, or a certificate as listed for each major. Total credit requirements vary by program and have been determined based upon curriculum requirements, advisory committee recommendations, and the MnSCU system office.

Definitions

Certificate: An undergraduate certificate is awarded upon completion of a 9 to 30 credit academic program. An undergraduate certificate may have an occupational outcome or address a focused area of study. An undergraduate certificate shall not have emphases.

Diploma: A diploma is awarded upon completion of a 31 to 72 credit undergraduate academic program that prepares students for employment. A minimum of 24 credits shall be in occupational or technical courses. A diploma may have one or more emphases of at least 9 credits when there are at least 30 credits in the major that are common to the emphases.

Associate in Arts Degree: An associate in arts degree is awarded upon completion of a 60 credit academic program in the liberal arts and sciences without a named field of study. It is designed for transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting college or university. An associate in arts degree requires completion of at least a 40 credit curriculum that fulfills the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas.

Associate in Science Degree: An associate in science degree is awarded upon completion of a 60 credit academic program in scientific, technological, or other professional fields. The associate in science degree requires a minimum of 30 credits selected from at least six of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

A waiver may be granted to exceed a length of 60 credits when (1) the waiver criteria in MnSCU Board Procedure 3.36.1, Part 3, Subpart C, are met and (2) an articulation agreement specifies the transfer of a greater number of credits.

Associate in Applied Science: An associate in applied science degree is awarded upon completion of a 60 credit academic program in a named field of study in scientific, technological, or other professional fields. An associate in applied science degree prepares students for employment in an occupation or range of occupations. An associate in applied science degree may also be accepted in transfer to a related baccalaureate program.

A waiver may be granted to exceed a length of 60 credits when (1) the waiver criteria in MnSCU Board Procedure 3.36.1, Part 3, Subpart C, are met and (2) an articulation agreement, where applicable, specifies the transfer of a greater number of credits.

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