Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program constitutes the first
two years of most four-year degree programs. It gives students a broad general educational background and it prepares them to complete a bachelor's degree.
The AA degree can be completed through a variety of course delivery methods including face-to-face, hybrid and/or online. A student may choose to complete the entire AA degree online, as well as with evening and weekend options.
How do I know if the AA is right for me?
Students are encouraged to meet with a Saint Paul College transfer advisor for more information about what courses to take to complete the AA degree, as well as to transfer. Course requirements can vary depending upon the student's major and transfer college. Some majors require specific courses during the first two years.
What courses do I take?
Students complete the 40-credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum which will meet the general education requirements at public four-year colleges in Minnesota. In addition to the 40 MnTC credits, 20 credits of pre-major or elective credits complete the 60-credit AA degree. Although courses will generally transfer to four-year colleges, private and out-of-state colleges may have their own distribution requirements.
Degree Audit Report
If you want to know how the courses you have taken apply to the AA program, log-in to your student account, and select "Degree Audit Report" from the left-hand column. Provided here is a tutorial on How to Read a DARS Audit. The Worksheet for Associate in Arts (AA) Degree (PDF) is available to use in planning the courses you will take or have completed towards attaining your AA degree.
Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN