The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Music degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60-61 semester hours of college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use. The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Music programs.

Students who follow the degree progression plan will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Music programs. Associate in Fine Arts in Music graduates must meet the admission requirements and associated timelines as published by their chosen Bachelor of Music program. Admission into any Bachelor of Music program is not guaranteed.

Students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university in music studies should speak to their academic advisor before or during their first semester at MCC. The academic advisor will assist in mapping out the coursework to include transferrable credit from general education courses and elective courses that fit the specific requirements of the transfer school of choice. Click to view the Associate in Fine Arts in Music program outline.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding college transfer: Academic Advising Information.

To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AFA in Music to the Bachelor of Music Articulation Agreement, community college graduates must obtain a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and meet the receiving institutions admissions requirements.

University Transfer Agreements

The Uniform Articulation Agreement for the Associate in Fine Arts in Music promotes educational advancement opportunities for Associate in Fine Arts in Music completers and the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina in order to complete Bachelor of Music degrees.

The Associate in Fine Arts in Music Articulation Agreement (AFA in Music to BM AA) is an agreement jointly created by the North Carolina Community College System AFA in Music programs and the University of North Carolina System BM programs. The AFA in Music to BM is focused on facilitating transfer for students who begin music studies at a community college and then transfer to one of the UNC System BM programs. It applies to all NC community colleges that operate the AFA in Music program and to the UNC constituent institutions. There are ten BM-granting institutions within the UNC System; however, the individual names of these BM degrees may vary slightly between programs (Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC-Wilmington, and Western Carolina). The AFA in Music to BM was approved in May 2018.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Students who successfully complete 12 semester hours of associate degree coursework with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and adhere to the school conduct code and possess recognized qualities of citizenship, will be invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society. Membership is voluntary and open to all curriculum students meeting minimum eligibility. 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. To learn more about PTK and other MCC clubs and organizations, click here.


Associate in Fine Arts in Music60-61 semester hoursCosts


Sam Britt

Sam Britt

Dean of Arts & Sciences