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Degrees & Certificates

They say you can't be all things to all people. We don't believe that. We have an education path to help everyone get to where they want to go. At Delta, you have choices. No matter what path you choose, or if you need help finding it, we've got you covered.

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Choose a Degree or Certificate

We want to make sure you have options that help you take the next step in achieving your goals. That includes the type of degree or certificate you can earn by taking classes here. We offer a wide variety of choices. One is sure to fit.  

Occupational degrees and certificates

Delta offers certificate and degree programs in some of the most in-demand career fields that are designed to prepare you for immediate employment.

Associate in Fine Arts

An Associate in Fine Arts provides the opportunity to study the fundamentals of art and to begin honing your skills as an artist. This option also assists with the seamless transfer to four-year colleges and universities to obtain Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in art, art history or design. 

Associate in Applied Arts

The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of programs that prepare you for a career in human services, public safety or communications.  

Associate in Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of programs that prepare you for a career in health, business or technology. 

Associate in Business Studies

The Associate in Business Administration Degree offers a strong foundation in areas of business studies, such as accounting and management.

Dual Degree

In a dual degree program, you’ll study two academic fields at once and receive two separate degrees (one per discipline). Many of these programs combine general management with an occupational program.

Certificate of Completion

The Certificate of Completion is used for short-term programs covering a specific set of skills that is intended for entry-level employment or to acquire a basic skill set. The Certificate of Completion can be credit or noncredit, but is limited to a maximum of six credit hours.

Certificate of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded for programs that normally take one year or less to complete and range from six to twenty-three credit hours. Primarily used to prepare for entry-level occupations, the certificate also may be used to prepare for an advanced certificate or degree.

Advanced Certificate

An Advanced Certificate is for those pursuing advanced study in an occupational area. Some advanced certificates prepare you for industry certification exams. Advanced Certificates are 24 credits or more and, in some cases, may be used as the base of an associate degree.   

Transfer degrees and pathways

If you're planning to transfer, an associate's degree can serve as the first two years of a bachelor's degree. Many degrees also transfer to a specialized bachelor's degree, like nursing or welding. 

Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts degree is designed for those planning to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor's degree or higher. In general, the components of the degree meet requirements for majors in the liberal arts. One of the great features of the program is that it offers flexibility and customization in course selection.

Associate in General Studies

The Associate in General Studies Degree is designed for those interested in obtaining a degree that can be customized based on varying areas of interest.

Associate in Science

The Associate in Science degree is designed for those planning to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor's, or higher, degree. In general, the components of the degree meet requirements for majors with more stringent mathematics and science requirements. 

Michigan Transfer Agreement

The Michigan Transfer Agreement is the result of all the registrars at all the Michigan community colleges and public universities working together to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another. In general, the agreement meets one year of general education requirements for a bachelor's degree, while offering flexibility and customization in course selection.

Post Associate Certificates

Delta's Post Associate Certificates are intended for those pursuing advanced study or formal certification in an occupational area. These programs are six or more credit hours in length and require an associate degree or equivalent industry experience for admission to the program.

Not sure which option is right for you?

There’s no single, right way to attend Delta – it’s all about what fits you. Delta College advisors are here to help you plan your education, so that you’ll have a successful transition into a career.

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Delta has 142 certificate and degree programs.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) facilitates the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another.


Half of Delta students go on to pursue their bachelor's.

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Cecilia Olvera

"Delta is a great place to begin your educational journey. Whether you want to take it slow and go part time or go all year round, Delta offers so many different programs and classes. It is really flexible and you can really bend it to fit whatever you are doing in your life at the time."

Cecilia Olvera
Delta graduate, Criminal Justice
Transferred to Ferris State University