Matanuska-Susitna College offers Associate of Arts (AA), Applied Science (AAS) degree programs, Undergraduate Certificates and Occupational Endorsement Certificates. Read further for descriptions and requirements pertaining to the AA and AAS program offerings.
Associate of Arts (AA) degrees combine broad studies in the general education areas of written communication, oral communication, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences, with elective coursework selected by the student. The degree provides broad exposure to systems of thought and inquiry, allows exploration of a variety of disciplines and learning experiences, and provides a solid foundation for further study at the baccalaureate level.
Associate of Applied Science degrees provide applied or specialized studies that are used to satisfy a student’s specific educational needs. Many AAS programs prepare students for work in a particular field of employment. Some AAS degrees are designed to provide a foundation for a specific related baccalaureate degree. Students in these degree programs build knowledge and skills needed to carry out specific tasks while they develop abilities in the essential elements of communications, computation, and human relations.
Occupational Endorsement Certificates
Occupational Endorsements are certificates requiring 29 or fewer credits to complete. These certificates provide the specialized knowledge and skills needed in specific employment sectors.
Note: Not all Occupational Endorsement Certificates are eligible for federal financial aid.
Undergraduate Certificates of 30 credits or more offer focused instruction in a concentrated area. They include an equivalent of at least six (6) credits of related instruction at the collegiate level in communications, computation and human relations. These certificates provide knowledge and skill development in broad enough areas to prepare students for entry into a variety of career fields. They are particularly appropriate in scientific or technical areas such as health care, computer systems, transportation or industrial technology.