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Associate in Applied Science

General information for all A.A.S. degree seekers

MCC awards the Associate in Applied Science degree for various career and technical occupations. Again, while each campus offers some of the same Applied Science degrees, others are offered only at one of the campuses.


Each graduation candidate must have on file in the admissions office the following documents:

  1. A transcript of all high school work or scores from the General Education Development (GED) test or state-required documentation for home-school graduates.
  2. Transcripts of all prior college work.

NOTE: If a student has successfully completed 15 semester hours at another accredited college or university, then high school transcripts are not required.


Each graduate must achieve a minimum MCC 2.0 grade point average on a four-point grading scale.


Each graduate must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. They must complete at least 15 credit hours at an MCC campus and be enrolled during the academic year they qualify for a degree or certificate.
  2. They must complete a minimum of 56 credit hours at an MCC campus if they are not enrolled during the academic year they qualify for a degree.

Total Credits

Graduates must successfully complete a course of study that requires at least 62 credit hours for an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Each degree includes both general education requirements and specialized requirements. Some programs also require general education or other electives to bring students total credits to the number needed for a degree.

A minimum of 18 credit hours of general education is required for an A.A.S. degree. Within these 18 credit hours, all A.A.S. degrees will have nine credit hours in Communications and American Institutions. The remaining nine credit hours will provide students with educational experiences to complement MCC's established general education components.

A.A.S. General Education Core Curriculum

ENGL 101 Composition & Reading I 3
One of the following Communications courses:
COMM  100 Fundamentals of Speech 3
COMM 102 Fundamentals of Human Communications
One of the following American Institutions courses:
HIST 120 United States History to 1865 3
HIST 121 United States History Since 1865
POLS 136 Introduction to American National Politics
Any course(s) numbered 100 or above from the following disciplines:
ART, ANTH, COMM,ECON, ENGL, Foreign Language, GEOG (except 104 & 110 and GIS courses), HIST, HUMN,  MUSI, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SIGN, SOSC, SOCI, THEA 3-6
Any course(s) numbered 100 or above from the following disciplines: BIOL, CHEM, GEOG (104 &110), GEOL, MATH, PHYS 3-6
Minimum Total General Education Credit Hours 18

Only courses numbering 100 or higher can be used to earn credit toward degrees and certificates.

Students who transfer credits to MCC from another accredited college or university should meet with an advisor or counselor to make sure they have taken the right courses. The General Education Core Curriculum represents the typical requirements within MCC A.A.S. degrees. Please consult the specific plan for your degree to confirm graduation requirements.

State Requirement

Missouri law states that all college or university graduates should complete a course covering the federal and state constitutions as well as American history and government. Students who transfer from out-of-state schools should check with the MCC counseling or development center to find out how they can meet this requirement.

Application for a Degree

The semester before completing all of their degree requirements, prospective MCC graduates must file an application for receiving their degrees with the admissions/records office. Once the form is filed, students will receive an evaluation and additional information.