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Certificates are designed for students who wish to enhance a specific skill area or course of study. College of San Mateo offers two types of certificates:
- Certificate of Achievement (18 units or more)
- Certificate of Specialization (Fewer than 18 units, not state approved)
Units earned to meet certificate requirements may be applied toward the 60 units required for an AA or AS degree. In some cases certain certificates can be stacked into an Associates Degree.
AA and AS Degrees
The Associate in Arts Degree (AA) and the Associate in Science Degree (AS) are designed for students who want a two-year degree or plan to transfer to another college or university and work towards a bachelor’s degree.
AA-T and AS-T Degrees
The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) both provide a pathway to the California State University (CSU). Students awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with Junior standing in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.
Click the links below to view a list of courses required for a specific program. This list may not include General Education Requirements, Basic Competency Requirements, and Specific Area Requirements needed to attain a degree. For more extensive information, go to DegreeWorks in WebSMART.