Mohave Community College offers the Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Business (ABus), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of General Studies (AGS), and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. A student may earn only one AA, ABus, or AS degree. A student may earn multiple AAS degrees, depending on the discipline. Once a student has earned one of these degrees, any of the other degrees can be earned by completing the additional degree requirements with a minimum of 15 additional MCC credits beyond the previous degree. Degrees may be earned concurrently. For degrees being earned concurrently, graduation must be applied for at the same time. If a student was awarded only one of the degrees, then they would no longer be eligible to continue the second degree under the catalog in which it was being pursued. The degree, if still available, would have to be pursued under the catalog in effect at MCC at the time the first degree was awarded.
Example: A student has earned an AA degree with 64 credits and wishes to earn an AAS degree. The student must complete a minimum of an additional 15 MCC credit hours and meet all of the requirements of the AAS degree. The student, therefore, would have a minimum total of 79 credit hours.
A student who completes a degree program and then elects to pursue another degree is subject to the degree requirements of the catalog in effect at the time the student declares the new degree. A new Degree Declaration Form must be filled out at the time.
Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Business (ABus), Associate of Science (AS)
The Associate of Arts, Business, and Science degrees are designed to enable students to transfer course credits to a college or university granting a baccalaureate degree. Students following these programs will have taken the university parallel requirements (at one of Arizona’s three public universities) in general education. Those students wishing to begin their studies at MCC with the intention of transferring to a state university are encouraged to complete one of the above transfer degree programs. There are two advantages to completing a transfer degree before moving on to a university: 1) students can get an early start on their major by completing some or many of the lower division major courses during their first two years, and 2) students can complete the first two years of lower-division courses at a lower tuition rate.
Note: For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science degree is intended to prepare the student for entry into a vocational area or to upgrade skills of persons already employed. The 15 hours of general education courses introduce skills needed and desired by employers and employees. Students who enroll in such programs generally do not plan to transfer to a four-year college or university; however, the opportunity exists through the increased availability of Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees offered at colleges and universities. The remaining hours include course work to develop skills in the vocational and related areas.
Note: Because AAS programs are designed to prepare students for employment in the respective occupational areas, it is necessary that the student follow the program content and sequence as outlined. Any departure from the outlined program must be approved by the appropriate faculty and administration. The specific occupational content is set forth in the program outlined within the respective areas of study.
Note: The AAS is not a transfer degree program; however, some courses may transfer. In pursuing a baccalaureate degree, after completing the AAS, some general education and program area courses may be acceptable for transfer credit. However, some courses in technical programs are so specialized that many colleges and universities do not offer equivalent training and they may not grant transfer credit. Students in this degree program will most likely be required to take additional freshman and sophomore general studies courses. For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.
Associate of General Studies (AGS)
The Associate of General Studies, AGS degree is designed for students whose academic interests are non-specific or whose academic backgrounds may include course work taken at other institutions or credits earned at MCC. With this degree, students will learn the basics of mathematics, English, science, and a wide variety of other subjects which will allow them the chance to explore many different disciplines and enhance their personal development with the equivalent of two years of post-high school education.
Note: The AGS is not a transfer degree program; however, some courses may transfer. In pursuing a baccalaureate degree after completing the AGS, some general education courses may be acceptable for transfer credit. Students in this degree program will most likely be required to take additional freshman and sophomore general studies courses. For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.
Certificate of Completion (AGEC only)
MCC offers three AGEC certificates: Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC - A) , Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC - B) , and Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC - S) . The approved AGEC courses will fulfill lower-division, general education requirements at any state of Arizona university or community college. Students will be required to fulfill the course prerequisites, major requirements, and upper-division requirements specified by each university. This certificate is awarded after successful completion of a series of specific courses and is clearly identified in the catalog.
For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution. A diploma is not awarded for AGEC Certificates of Completion. Students completing only an AGEC are not eligible to participate in commencement. The AGEC Certificate of Completion will be annotated on a student’s MCC transcript.
Certificate of Proficiency
Students who do not wish to pursue a two-year associate degree may enroll in college course work to concentrate on acquiring skills which lead to immediate employment or on improving on their existing skills in order to provide competencies for employers. For these students, MCC has designed certificate programs which, upon completion, prepare students to become employable in specific occupations. The number of credits required in certificate programs varies depending upon the program. Note: For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.
Programs of Study by Degree Type