The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students wishing to transfer to upper-division universities. The areas of concentration parallel university coursework and prepare students to enter the junior year at four-year upper-division institutions. Students who seek to eventually earn their BAS degree at Miami Dade College might want to consider earning their A.A. beforehand. The Business Administration program would prepare students to enter the BAS program.
The Associate in Science degree is designed primarily to prepare students for immediate employment. Credits earned for many courses in these programs are acceptable to upper division colleges should the student decide to pursue a four-year degree. For upper division standing at a state university, the student must complete the College-Level Academic Skills (CLAS) requirement or meet State-approved alternative criteria. However, many students who wish to pursue a BAS degree at a later date in Miami Dade College are able to with an A.S. degree so as long as they meet the minimal state requirements.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a two-year degree that leads to employment and is not intended to transfer to a four-year institution. Students who also seek to eventually earn their BAS degree with Miami Dade College, but seek immediate employment may consider the A.A.S. degree. An advisor can help you tailor your courses to meet the prerequisites of the BAS in order to allow you to return to school to earn your BAS at your convenience.