AA Degree

The Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Education includes a general education portion known as the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and additional elective coursework (including Health and Exercise Science) for a total of 60 college-level semester credits. See the following AA Program Guide and the Planning worksheet.

The Associate of Arts Degree (AA) meets the general education requirements for graduation from Minnesota State Universities and the University of Minnesota. The following schools also accept the AA Degree as satisfying their general education requirements:

Minnesota schools: Argosy University, Augsburg College, Bethany Lutheran College, Capella University, College of St. Scholastica, Concordia University in St. Paul, and St. Mary's University

North Dakota schools: Mayville State University, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota

Wisconsin schools: Northland College, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Superior.

To complete an Associate of Arts Degree students must

  • Complete the MnTC: Although Normandale and transfer courses with grades of A-D may be used to fulfill MnTC requirements, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for the MnTC.
  • Complete coursework in Health and Exercise Science
  • Complete electives to meet 60 college-level semester credits
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Submit a Graduation Application during the first month of the term in which you plan to graduate

Time limit for completing Program Requirements

Students completing program requirements in four of fewer years may follow either the catalog requirements in effect at the time of their initial enrollment or the requirements from one of the succeeding catalogs in effect during their period of enrollment.

Students who take longer than four years to complete program requirements at Normandale may follow any catalog in effect during the four-year period immediately preceding their date of graduation. Students must meet the requirements from one catalog only, not combine requirements from more than one catalog. To change catalog year, visit the Records Office.

AA Degree worksheets from previous years:

Minnesota transfer curriculum (MnTC)


The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum is a collaborative effort among all Minnesota two and four-year public colleges and universities to help students transfer their work in general education. Completion of a defined transfer curriculum at one institution will enable a student to receive credit for all lower-division general education upon admission to any other institution.

Completing the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) alone satisfies the lower division general education requirement at all Minnesota two and four-year public colleges and universities, along with Augsburg College and Concordia University, St. Paul. See the MNTC Program Guide.

To complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum students must

  • Complete all ten goals
  • Complete at least 40 college-level credits from courses listed within the MnTC
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in MnTC coursework. Although Normandale and transfer courses with grades of A-D may be used to fulfill MnTC requirements, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for the MnTC.
  • Earn a minimum of 14 college-level credits at Normandale
  • Submit a Graduation Application