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Associate of Arts Degree
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Pathway Advisors are the Academic Advisors for the Associate of Arts degree and are located in the Advising Center, Room 1340, Main Floor. 

For assistance or additional information, please call or email the Advising Center at 651.846.1739 or​​.

The Associate of 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 Pathway 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 eServices account, and select "Academic Records" and "Degree Audit" from the left-hand column. The Worksheet for Associate of 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​

General Requirements

  • ​​At least 60 earned college level credits (40 MnTC credits and 20 additional MnTC and/or pre-major elective credits) A grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1711
  • ​Cumulative GPA of 2.0 
  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses with grades of A, B, C, D or P/S will be considered for transfer evaluation; however, a cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0 is required.
  • Meet Saint Paul College residency requirement: 20 credits. The requirement shall be reduced to 12 credits for students transferring with at least 12 college-level credits from another Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institution and the University of Minnesota.​​


​Students completing the AA degree fulfill the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements and pre-major requirements for a wide range of majors and programs at four-year institutions including the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the University of Minnesota, as well as many other public and private colleges.​

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. ​

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  • Knowledge of the important concepts and principles of the natural sciences, mathematics, history, social and behavioral sciences, arts, and humanities. 
  • Skills necessary for life roles, including skills in thinking, communication and methods of inquiry and applications of knowledge. 
  • Critical examination of and an appreciation for diverse people, cultures and life roles.​


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