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Addictions Counseling A.S. or A.A.S. Degree Program


Please note in the recent issue of the Curriculum Update Fall 2008 newsletter distributed in the mail this week that the new program Addictions Counseling, registered by State Education Department this past summer should read “A.S.” not “A.A.S.” We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 

There are three degrees granted by SED and offered at MCC:  Associate in Arts, A.A., Associate in Science, A.S.; Associate in Applied Science, A.A.S.

What are the differences among the 3 degrees?  The differences are distinguished by the minimum amount of liberal arts and science content required for each degree. Further, the liberal arts core shall not be directed toward specialized study or specific occupational or professional objectives. 

A.A. and A.S. degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.  


A.A.S. degree prepares the student for immediate entry into a specific technical or paraprofessional career field.

What are the minimum liberal arts and science degree requirements?

A.A. degree requires completion of 45 credits in Liberal Arts and Science and evidence of transferability into compatible programs at two baccalaureate-granting institutions.

A.S. degree requires completion of 30 credits in Liberal Arts and Science and evidence of transferability into compatible programs at two baccalaureate-granting institutions.

A.A.S. degree requires completion of 20 credits in Liberal Arts and Science and validated documentation from an Advisory Group review team.

Certificate is a credential issued by an institution in recognition of the completion of a curriculum other than one leading to a degree; offered for a particular purpose to meet a local or immediate need. Every course is applicable to a registered degree program at the college.

Please contact the Curriculum Office or email <
mailto:cdowning@monroecc.edu> should you have further questions about degrees granted at the college.

Charlotte Downing
Curriculum & Program Development
10/01/2008