Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution but have not yet chosen a plan of study. Students pursuing this degree will complete the statewide general education courses, OTC 101 and 18 hours of electives numbered 100 or higher. Students can use these electives to explore different areas of interest while rounding out their education. This degree gives students maximum flexibility to create their own programs of study while still retaining the ability to transfer. Each student should choose courses with input from the institution he or she intends to transfer toTo ensure that courses transfer properly, contact an OTC academic adviser and the institution you will be attending.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Transfer to a four-year college or university
Explore a variety of fields
Pursue a bachelor’s degree
Keep their options open while strengthening their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 2.3 Years
Credits: 62*
Graduation Retention Rate: 60%*

Possible Fields of Study

Social Sciences
Liberal Arts

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Institutional Electives
credit hours
Institutional Requirement

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

General Education Office


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.