Associate of Arts Degree
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 64-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. The five knowledge areas with credit hour requirements are:
- • Communications
- 9 hours
- • Humanities and Fine Arts
- 9 hours
- • Social and Behavioral Sciences
- 9 hours
- • Biological and Physical Sciences (Natural Sciences)
- 7 hours
- • Mathematics
- 3 hours
- • Additional Core Transfer Curriculum Requirements
Students must select Core 42 courses to fulfill any remaining hours in the core transfer curriculum.
- 5 hours
Additional Degree Requirements
- • SKL101: College Orientation
- 1 hour
- • Electives
See information below regarding courses serving as electives.
- 21 hours
- Total 64 credit hours
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.
The Academic Maps are suggested curriculum for common AA majors. While these suggested curricula are a good starting point for degree planning, if you intend to transfer to a four-year institution, check with the transfer college/university for requirements specific to that school. The requirements will vary and it is your responsibility to research those requirements.
Conditions for Graduation
To meet MACC graduation requirements, you must meet the degree requirements and:
- Complete 15 semester hours of college level credit applicable to the degree program at Moberly Area Community College.
- Complete the recommended course sequence appropriate to the degree.
- Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
- Submit an application for graduation.
- Participate in graduation ceremonies (requests to be excused from commencement ceremonies will be reviewed by the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management).
- Pay in full all fees due to Moberly Area Community College.
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.