Associate of Technical Studies - Individualized Degree Program

Design a one-of-a-kind education. You may have a unique career goal, one that requires a special course of study, and Kent State's College of Technology can help design a degree program to fit your individual needs.

Kent State's Associate of Technical Study program allows you to combine the most useful courses to meet your career goals. You can combine courses from two or more technical areas to create an integrated program in areas like industrial management, medical secretarial skills, foreign trade, computerized accounting systems, corrections management or materials technology.

General Guidelines

The Associate of Technical Study program is open to any student who needs a specially designed course of study. This is a flexible program, though some general requirements outline the number and type of courses needed by all students who are pursuing the Associate of Technical Study degree. A minimum of 61 semester hours of coursework is needed for this degree, about half from technical courses which offer education central to your career goals. The remaining half of your semester hours will be divided between courses that help you build a foundation for specialized technical study and liberal arts courses from the university's Liberal Education Requirements.

Planning your program

With the help of a faculty advisor, you will develop a written plan of study and select courses to fit that plan as you prepare for the career you have chosen. Because of the unique nature of the Associate of Technical Studies degree, you must get an early start in planning with your advisor. With early planning and ongoing support from faculty and staff, you can design an exceptional degree program - one that works for your specialized career goal.

The associates degree is granted after successful completion of 61 semester hours of coursework. By concentrating the majority of your studies in technical and related coursework, you are prepared in a short time to enter the work world. Many of the credits earned in the Associate of Technical Study degree can be applied toward the College of Technology's 2+2 program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Technology. Students interested in the 2+2 option should consult with a faculty advisor.