Saint Paul College Policies & Procedures

03.36.00.1 - Academic Awards and Programs Procedure

Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Saint Paul College – A Community & Technical College offers academic and career programs and awards degrees, diplomas and certificates under the authority of the Board of Trustees for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) 

The A.A. degree may be awarded for successful completion of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum designed to constitute the first two years of a four-year degree program. An Associate of Arts degree shall include the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The AA degree includes 40 credits of the MN Transfer Curriculum and 20 credits of electives from the ten goal areas of the MN Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) for a total of 60 credits. By special agreement, students who obtain the A.A. degree have satisfied all general education requirements for any of Minnesota’s State Universities and the University of Minnesota.

Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

The A.S. degree is awarded for successful completion of a program of 60 semester credits in a designated field or area which transfers to a baccalaureate major in a related scientific or technical field. An Associate in Science degree must have one or more articulation agreement(s) between the institution awarding the Associate in Science degree and an institution awarding a related baccalaureate degree. An A.S. degree may also be designed to prepare students for employment. An Associate in Science program shall include a minimum of 30 semester credits in general education. An Associate in Science degree is designed to provide a substantial general education component. General education courses shall be selected from at least six of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The A.A.S. degree is awarded for successful completion of a program of 60–72 semester college-level credits and is intended for students who desire immediate employment upon graduation. At Saint Paul College, the A.A.S. program shall include a minimum of 16 semester credits of liberal arts and sciences courses as described in the MnTC distribution requirements for the AAS degree.

Diploma Programs

Diplomas are awarded for successful completion of 31-72 semester college-level credits and are intended for students who desire entry-level employment skills or upgraded employment skills. Students in diploma programs are required to complete technical courses as well as general education courses.

Certificate Programs

Certificates are awarded for successful completion of 9-30 semester college-level credits. Certificates are awarded for successful completion of a program intended to provide students with entry-level employment skills or for successful completion of a program intended to enhance or raise a student’s technical skills.

Maximum Credit Load

To register for 21 or more credits in a semester, students must obtain authorization from One Stop.


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