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Liberal Arts and Sciences

If you’re not quite sure which career path is right for you, enrolling in NMC’s Liberal Arts and Sciences program is a smart choice. This program gives you flexibility to explore different academic areas while working on the general education courses required for just about any bachelor's degree.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences program is an Associate in Science and Arts (ASA) degree, which is a transfer degree designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree.

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Program Requirements

Completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program will complete an Associate in Science and Arts, including the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). The MTA satisfies most bachelor's degree general education requirements at most Michigan universities. Courses counting toward the MTA must be a 2.0 or higher.

Course Requirements Credits: 60

Required Classes

General Education (MTA)


ENG 111 & ENG 112 (English Composition I & II)


6 credits from at least 2 departments in Group 1 Humanities courses.


6 credits from at least 2 departments in Group 1 Science courses. One must be a Science lecture/lab course.


6 credits from at least 2 departments in Group 1 Social Science courses.


MTH 120 (Mathematical Explorations) or higher




Elective credits (any college level courses)


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Tuition and Fees

General Academic Programs

Residency Status

Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$122.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$261.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$340.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$383.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies:

Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.

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