Earn an Associate's Degree

Further Your Education and Prepare for a Career

In just two years as a full-time student, you can further your education, train for some of the fastest growing jobs in the economy, and increase your earning potential. How? Earn an associate's degree or certificate.

An associate's degree is a college degree awarded after the completion of about 20 classes. It either prepares you for a career following graduation or allows you to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. A certificate is a shorter program that focuses on the development of specific technical skills; it is usually awarded after the completion of about four to six classes in a particular area of study. 

MC offers degrees and certificates in 96 programs of study, including engineering, computer science, biotechnology, business, and cybersecurity. In the belief that all students who earn a degree from MC should receive a well-rounded education, every degree program not only requires courses specific to that major, but also electives and courses in English, science, mathematics, the social sciences, arts, and humanities. MC's challenging curriculum and supportive faculty help ensure you have the knowledge and skills to succeed now and in the future. 

Types of Associate's Degrees 

The College is currently authorized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to offer five associate’s degrees across more than 40 programs of study:

  • Associate of Arts (AA)
  • Associate of Science (AS)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)
  • Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)

Learn more about our academic programs, degrees, and certificates

Advantages to Earning an Associate's Degree
  • In the course of a working lifetime, those with associate's degrees in Montgomery County earn $639,600 more than those with high school diplomas.

  • At career midpoint, the average income of the typical associate's degree holder in Montgomery County is $62,390, or 35% more than someone with a high school diploma.

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What People are Saying
I am sure that our students are better prepared to take the next step, whether it's transferring to a four-year institution or entering the workforce. And more than that, I believe we have prepared global citizens who are ready to contribute and will be responsible members of society
Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Montgomery College
Earn an Associate's Degree