Associate of Technical Studies Degree

What is the ATS?

The Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) program is available for adult students whose educational objectives and interests cannot be met through one of the formal associate degree programs. This program enables students to combine certifications (institutional, state, national) earned through an educational entity or a place of employment, with general education courses to meet the associate degree requirements.

Who is eligible for the ATS?

Anyone is eligible to pursue the ATS degree if they have received significant certifications for  educational and/or workplace training. Students can earn up to 30 technical credits towards the ATS based on the number of eligible certifications they hold.

Costs associated with the ATS

  • There is no cost to have certifications evaluated for eligibility
  • Regular tuition is charged for the completion of the general education requirements and any needed electives

Learning outcomes

Additional information


  Kelly Herold, Assistant Dean
  College of Applied Science and Technology
  The University of Akron