Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts (AA) program is a two-year college program which requires college admission. It is the equivalent of the first two years of a Bachelor's degree. It is also referred to as a general education transfer degree. An AA degree does not include a major or minor course of study, however, course selection, in consultation with an academic advisor, is guided by the student's planned baccalaureate major.

Students may also accumulate general education and elective credits to transfer to another college or university. The Bitterroot College offers courses in all six discipline areas required to satisfy the Montana University System (MUS) Transfer Core, Montana's transferable general education curriculum (up to 30 semester credits). All MUS institutions accept the MUS Transfer Core to satisfy their lower division general education requirements.

Download Associate of Arts Information Sheet

Admission, Tuition & Fees, and Start Dates

  • Admission
    • Submit college application
    • On application, for education goal, select Associate degree/certificate and for field of study select/write-in General Studies
  • Tuition & Fees
    • $2,100 per semester for a fullltime, resident student (12 or more credits)
    • Federal Financial Aid available; visit Pay for College
    • For more Tuition & Fees information, visit Pay for College
  • Start Dates
    • Fall, spring, and summer semesters; visit Academic Calendar
    • Recommendation: allow 8-10 weeks for application, registration, and Federal Financial Aid processing

Employment Outlook

Students often pursue an Associate of Arts (AA) degree to make themselves more competitive in the job market. Having an AA degree demonstrates to potential employers college-level reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills.


Academic development and oversight of all college-credit programs provided by Missoula College UM. All college courses taken and certificates/degrees earned through attendance at Bitterroot College UM are accredited through and transcripted by Missoula College UM.

Jamie Standaert
Academic & Student Services Director
(406) 375-0100