The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in one of the liberal arts disciplines or training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background.

The Associate in Arts degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses. The degree program includes opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

University Transfer Agreements

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and to Signatory Institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to transfer with junior status. (A list of these transfer institutions is provided below.)

Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

The Phi Theta Kappa honor society is a voluntary campus student organization open to all curriculum students. Membership is based on academic achievement. The society provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

The following colleges and universities are transfer institutions within the CAA and ICAA:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Barton College
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Bennett College
  • Brevard College
  • Campbell University
  • Chowan University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Greensboro College
  • Guilford College
  • Johnston C. Smith University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Livingstone College
  • Mars Hill University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • Montreat College
  • NC A&T State University
  • NC Central University
  • NC State University
  • North Carolina Wesleyan CollegePfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • Salem College
  • Shaw University
  • St. Andrews University
  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC CharlotteUNC Greensboro
  • UNC Pembroke
  • UNC School of the Arts
  • UNC Wilmington
  • University of Mount Olive
  • Western Carolina University
  • William Peace University
  • Wingate University
  • Winston-Salem State University

Students who wish to transfer to four-year colleges or universities should speak to their academic advisor before or during their first semester at MCC. Please see a list of frequently asked questions regarding college transfer at the following link: Academic Advising Information

Comprehensive articulation agreement transfer credit appeal procedure

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PROGRAM OPTIONSREQUIRED HOURSProgram Costs
Associate in Arts60-61 semester hoursCosts