Degree Program Overview

At Georgia Military College we offer three types of associate degrees: an Associate of Arts (AA), an Associate of Science (AS), and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS).   

Associate of Arts (AA)

The core curriculum of the AA degree at GMC includes those courses that the faculty members of the college have identified as central to the development of the proficiencies of a Georgia Military College student. The core courses are also those in common with the core requirements of most four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. This curriculum facilitates transfer, after graduation from GMC, to a four-year degree program.

Associate of Science (AS)

The core curriculum of the AS degree at GMC includes those courses which the faculty of the college have identified as central to the development of the proficiencies of a Georgia Military College student. The core courses are also those in common with the core requirements of most four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. This curriculum facilitates transfer, after graduation from GMC, to a four-year degree program.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree provides the educational background necessary for a chosen career field or profession and for transfer into career- oriented bachelor degree programs. While some four-year colleges offer the bachelor of applied science degree, many do not. Therefore, students completing the AAS degree who have decided to pursue a higher degree, need to ensure their selected four-year college offers the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or similar degree in their concentration area prior to enrolling.

Please note that many colleges who do not offer the BAS degree may accept core curriculum coursework based on a course-by-course evaluation for transfer.



Associate of Arts (AA) versus Associate of Science (AS)

The Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees provide the foundation, after graduation, for transfer to a four-year college or university. An Associate of Arts (AA) is most suitable for those continuing an education in Liberal Arts, whereas an Associate of Science (AS) is geared towards studying the sciences and behavioral sciences.  Each degree includes the core curriculum that mirrors the core requirements of most four-year colleges as well as elective courses in selected areas of study (the concentration) that are foundation courses in the specific fields of study. An Associate of Arts (AA) does require completion of a foreign language for the degree.  Completion of an AA or AS degree provides the most effective method for transfer of college coursework to a four-year college or university.

Top 5 Reasons to Earn an Associate Degree
Provided by Front Range Community College

  1. Take Advantage of Transfer Agreements
    GMC offers 43 transfer agreements to better prepare you to jump start into your major courses at a four-year college or university. Thirty-nine (39) of these agreements are guaranteed admission agreements upon completion of an AA or AS degree at GMC.
  2. Save Your Money
    Typically, tuition rates at a community college are significantly less than at a four-year college or university.
  3. Increase your Earning Potential
    Completing an associate degree significantly increases your lifetime earnings compared to just a high school diploma or GED.
  4. Solidify Your Credits
    If a life situation occurs while continuing your education, you at least still have a degree.
  5. Finish What You Start
    It is rewarding to show your friends and family what you have accomplished by finishing what you have started.