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Program Types

There are three types of associate degree programs offered at Sinclair:

University parallel programs are associate of arts or associate of science degree programs designed specifically for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career programs are associate of applied science degree programs designed to prepare for a particular job or vocational area or transfer to a four-year school.

Individualized degrees are associate of individualized study or associate of technical study degree programs designed for specialized interest, often combining multiple degree programs.

Associate Degree Options

Associate of Arts (AA)

An associate of arts degree provides background in general education and is equivalent to the first two years of study toward a bachelor's degree in the humanities, social sciences, general studies or fine arts.

Associate of Science (AS)

An associate of science degree provides background in general education and is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor's degree in the sciences, social sciences, mathematics and selected pre-professional programs.


Students who are working towards an AA or AS degree and intend to transfer to a four-year college or university should contact an admissions representative from that school to assure that elective courses will transfer.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The associate of applied science degree provides students with the applied knowledge, theory and experience needed to pursue employment in specific occupational areas; these degrees may transfer into the academic curriculum at other four-year colleges and universities. Students who intend to transfer may find it beneficial to take additional general education courses, but because course requirements vary, it is recommended that students pursuing an AAS discuss goals with an academic advisor.

Associate of Technical Study (ATS)

The associate of technical study degree is open to any student whose technical degree goals cannot be accomplished through enrollment in one of Sinclair's existing technical degree programs. The student may design a degree which combines two or more technical areas into a unique education plan. As an alternative, part of the students degree requirements may incorporate credit awarded through articulation agreements with community education providers, or a combination of both. In all cases, faculty members assist the student in planning the most appropriate course of study for the individual.

Associate of Individualized Study (AIS)

The associate of individualize study degree is open to any student who wishes to design an interdisciplinary degree program using liberal arts or combining liberal arts with technical areas of study. The student may focus specifically on education for individual development and enrichment or may design a curriculum which allows for employment or continuation into selected four-year degree programs. Students are assisted in the degree planning process by a faculty committee which represents the various areas of study incorporated into the degree.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Bachelor of Applied Science degrees offer educational opportunities to students who have completed an AAS degree and are now seeking to complete a four-year degree.  Sinclair's Bachelor of Applied Science degree build on two existing AAS degree programs:  Professional Pilot and Unmanned Aerial Systems.


Certificate programs are academic programs of study designed to prepare students for a particular career area, but not at the level required for an associate degree. There are general certificate programs and short term technical certificates. The technical certificates are much more industry-focused and designed for workforce preparation.

  • Last Revised: 07/25/2023