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Associate of Arts

Gain a foundation of general education studies with a concentration of coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

In the Associate of Arts program at Gallatin College MSU, students have the opportunity to earn their general education studies in a smaller class environment that allows students who are undecided about their educational goals, or desire a more gradual entrance into university, to explore the arts, humanities and social sciences. The courses offered in the A.A. program are scheduled to meet the needs of working adults and are offered primarily in the evening at the Gallatin College East campus. Graduates of the A.A. program may transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at Montana State University or another university of their choice.

The Associate of Arts program is part of Gallatin College MSU, southwest Montana’s two-year college. This program can be completed fully online.



Personalized Experience
At Gallatin College MSU, a combination of small class sizes, hands-on education and training and highly qualified instructors with relevant industry experience makes for a student-centered approach focused on success and goal fulfillment.

Unique Opportunities
At Gallatin College MSU, students are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

Ten Years of Excellence
Gallatin College MSU has been providing an accessible, student-centered education that supports individuals’ personal and professional goals since 2009.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Next Steps

Associate of Arts students at Gallatin College MSU go onto pursue opportunities such as:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Study in the arts
  • Study in the humanities
  • Study in the social sciences

To explore more career possibilities, Gallatin College MSU has a variety of resources available to help with navigating the job search process, including career services and internal job postings.




Sample Course Plan

To view sample schedule for the Associate of Arts program at Gallatin College MSU, please consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.