Associate of Arts


About the program

The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree at Marion Technical College is designed to be a cost-effective option for someone who is ultimately seeking a four-year degree or career advancement. The AA degree includes the core curriculum that most Bachelor of Arts programs require.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education has guaranteed that the AA degree will transfer to all of Ohio’s public colleges and universities. The purpose of this associate degree is to: (1) provide students with the opportunity to affordably complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree; (2) enable students to transfer (often as a junior) to colleges and universities and earn a bachelor’s degree; and, (3) demonstrate to employers a student who successfully completed a degree program and possesses a well-rounded education.

The AA degree is a two-year liberal arts/general education degree comprised of courses that emphasize English, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. It also offers components of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Graduates of this program will have the general education necessary to pursue a bachelor’s degree at most four-year colleges and universities as juniors.

Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways

The Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTP) are designed to provide a clearer path to degree completion for students pursuing associate degrees who plan to transfer to an Ohio public university to complete their bachelor’s degree. OGTP are essentially an agreement between public community colleges and universities confirming that all community college courses in the pathway meet specific major preparation requirements and will apply to the bachelor’s degree (students must still meet all university program admission requirements). A student who completes a major-specific OGTP will be eligible to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science at Marion Technical College, and the completion of the OGTP will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Marion Technical College currently offers Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways in Business, English, History, Psychology, and Social Work.
Students should work closely with their academic advisor to make sure they meet the requirements of the OGTP and their intended university to ensure a seamless transfer. For more information on Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways, please visit

Program format(s)

Students enrolled in this program will take traditional, 16-week classes each semester.

Application Requirements

  • MTC Application for Admission and nonrefundable application fee.
  • Final high school transcript (or GED results) and college transcripts (if applicable).
  • Demonstrate college-readiness by achieving the required minimum score on a placement test, successfully completing any required college foundation courses, or satisfying other measures including but not limited to high school coursework, previous college coursework, samples of work, etc.