Associate of Arts Degrees

Associate of Arts Degrees

The Associate of Arts degree (AA) is designed as the statewide general studies transfer degree, indicating the completion of your general education requirements. This degree is structured for entry into the general range of bachelor’s degree programs offered by a four-year college or university. To complete this degree, you need to follow the model general education program listed on this page.

The Core Transfer Curriculum comprises 42 hours of the 61-hour AA degree. Courses listed below are recognized as part of the state’s general education CORE 42 transfer curriculum and are guaranteed to transfer to Missouri public colleges and universities. Students who complete the entire 42-hour block will have fulfilled all lower-level general education requirements (excludes professional programs) at Missouri public institutions.

The CORE 42 includes 42 hours of general education courses across five knowledge areas. These knowledge areas are designed to provide you with the foundational skills and competencies of valuing, managing information, communicating, and higher-order thinking.

Communications9hours
Humanities and Fine Arts9hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences9hours
Biological Physical Sciences (Natural Sciences)7hours
Mathematics3hours

The Core Transfer Curriculum comprises 42 hours of the 61-hour AA degree. Courses listed below are recognized as part of the state’s general education CORE 42 transfer curriculum and are guaranteed to transfer to Missouri public colleges and universities. Students who complete the entire 42-hour block will have fulfilled all lower-level general education requirements (excludes professional programs) at Missouri public institutions.

The CORE 42 includes 42 hours of general education courses across five knowledge areas. These knowledge areas are designed to provide you with the foundational skills and competencies of valuing, managing information, communicating, and higher-order thinking.

Communications9hours
Humanities and Fine Arts9hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences9hours
Biological Physical Sciences (Natural Sciences)7hours
Mathematics3hours

The requirements for graduation at Moberly Area Community College are those specified in the college catalog at the time you first enroll in the College.

If you want to meet degree requirements printed in the catalog at the time of your initial enrollment, you can do that provided you enroll in at least one fall or spring term each academic year (August – May) AND the catalog was issued no more than seven years prior to the date the degree is to be conferred. (An exception may be granted to those whose education is interrupted by military service.)

If you fail to attend at least one fall or spring term each academic year, you have to meet the degree requirements of the catalog in effect when you resume attending classes.

You can also choose to meet degree requirements as specified in catalogs published after your initial enrollment. If you change programs, you will be expected to meet the graduation requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of the program change. In the case of curriculum changes, instructional deans may make adjustments to the individual degree/certificate plans to meet program requirements.

Every effort will be made to consider earlier course work in a way most beneficial to you in fulfilling current requirements.

Students are subject to all policies/regulations written in the most recent catalog.

To meet the requirements for graduation from Moberly Area Community College, a student must meet the requirements of the degree or certificate and:

  1. complete 15 semester hours of college-level credit applicable to a degree at Moberly Area Community College;
  2. complete the required course sequence for the degree or certificate program;
  3. achieve a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average;
  4. submit an application for graduation;
  5. pay in full all balances due to Moberly Area Community College.

Students seeking any Associate’s degree must also meet the following requirements:

  1. pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Exam as specified in Senate Bill 807 with a score of 70% or higher (beginning Fall 2019);
  2. complete the state Constitution requirements as specified in Section 170.011 RSMo (Supp. 1987). This requirement is met by taking HST105, HST106, PSC103, or PSC105 or transferring an equivalent MOTR course. Students transferring an appropriate government or political science course from another institution may take an exam to satisfy this requirement.

MACC adopted the CORE 42 framework competencies for the Associate of Arts (AA) learning outcomes that the Missouri Senate established in Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum Act. Missouri’s CORE 42 is designed for students to obtain basic competencies of valuing, managing information, communicating, and higher-order thinking. 

AA program outcomes: https://dhewd.mo.gov/documents/CORE42GoalsandCompetencies4_16_21.pdf

For some degree programs, recommended elective choices are listed with the suggested curriculum. For other programs, electives will be based on your area of interest. You should always see an advisor for assistance in choosing appropriate electives.

Career/technical courses which will transfer to a four-year institution may be taken as electives. You must present written proof from the receiving institution guaranteeing acceptance prior to career/technical courses being counted as electives.

Veterans may receive two credit hours of physical education for military training programs according to eligibility, application, and submission of qualifying documentation.

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