Harper College

Types of Degrees and Certificates

Harper College offers seven degrees and more than 40 certificates. 

Associate Degrees

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Fine Arts-Music
  • Associate in Fine Arts-Art
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Engineering Science
  • Associate of General Studies

The A.A., A.S., A.F.A. and A.E.S. degrees are primarily for students desiring to transfer to four-year institutions.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) is primarily for those in two-year career programs, although many students transfer to four-year colleges after earning the A.A.S. degree.

The Associate of General Studies Degree (A.G.S.) primarily for someone who has taken classes in the past but never completed a degree. One of the requirements of the A.G.S. degree is that you meet with a counselor, before you begin, to develop an individualized educational plan and identify the classes that will best meet your personal interest and needs.


In addition, the College provides certificate programs designed to meet specific needs of the community. These programs are normally one year in length, and upon completion of the prescribed courses, the student receives a certificate of completion.

General Education Learning Outcomes

These outcomes are achieved as a result of successful completion of the general education requirements for any degree program. View General Education Learning Outcomes.

Earn your bachelor's degree at Harper's campus

Through the University Center at Harper College, you can complete your bachelor's degree from one of four leading universities right here at Harper's campus. Each university brings its programs and faculty members directly to Harper, so you can continue your studies without missing a beat. To learn more, visit the University Center.

Last Updated: 4/8/24