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Technical Studies

Technical Studies

The Technical Studies program is designed to support the diverse needs of skilled workers in our community to obtain an associate degree by offering credit for recognized technical experience, certifications and training. With consultation from a faculty advisor from diverse technical backgrounds, the program allows students to build on the success of their individual area of technical expertise by choosing technical electives to complement their Technical Specialty area. The Technical Studies degree is intended to be a program of study in an area other than the current degree programs of the college.

Students coming from recognized apprenticeship programs or students with certifications in a technical field (in an area that we do not offer an Associate Degree) may receive credits toward an associate’s degree in Technical Studies for industry training and/or certifications. Documented certification exams and/or military experience may also be reviewed for credit

Program Goal

The goal of the Technical Studies program is to offer a flexible curriculum tailored to the students’ professional needs and to provide avenues for credit for prior learning experiences.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Build on applied expertise through selected coursework, gaining knowledge and skills in a specific discipline or clearly articulated interdisciplinary area.
  • Attain proficiency in concepts, theories and methods of inquiry pertinent to the courses chosen as related technical electives.
  • Integrate knowledge of their technical specialty fields with new knowledge from their chosen related technical electives.
  • Advance in the development of skills necessary to interpret facts, solve problems, evaluate issues, develop multiple perspectives and think critically and creatively

Program Purpose Statement

The Technical Studies program gives students three options:

  1. Design a custom degree to meet educational and career goals;
  2. Combine a certificate that does not have a degree option at MCC with the general education requirements to complete a degree.
  3. Explore various courses before determining a course major.

Transfer Credit Policy and Prior Learning Experience:

  1. Transfer credits for technical courses will be accepted for ten years from the admission date unless otherwise noted in MCC degree programs.
  2. General education courses will not have a time limit for transfer.
  3. Credit may be awarded through MCC’s Prior Learning Experience process for majors offered at MCC. Fees apply.
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exams that meet the college transfer policies may be accepted for credit.
  5. Licensure or certification exams recognized by industry may be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to college-wide admissions requirements, students must participate in a personal interview with a representative of Academic Affairs.

Employment Opportunities

Due to the nature of this degree, the vast majority of students are already employed when they are accepted into the program. In many fields, a degree is required for advancement in that field and the Technical Studies degree affords students that opportunity.

Technical Studies Degree


I. Liberal Arts Core Course Requirements (Total 20+ Credits)
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 credit
ENGL110XM or
ENGL110M
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 credits
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  Mathematics Elective 4 credits
  Lab Science Elective 4 credits
  Social Science Elective 3 credits
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts or Mathematics or Lab Science or Social Science Elective (One or two courses depending on credits in English, Math and Science Electives) 3 or 6 credits
II. Technical Specialty/Major (Minimum 30 Credits)
III. Technical Support (Minimum 10 Credits)
Total Credits - 60+