Graduate College

MCCCD and ASU partnership: Faculty Graduate Credit Options

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC/NCA)  has updated their guidelines for determining qualified faculty, which has created a challenge for some residential and adjunct faculty within the Maricopa Community College District. The good news is that there are great options at ASU for faculty to meet those guidelines. Whether you want a high-quality degree, certificate or just a few graduate credits, you will likely want to attend a reputable university, with high graduate program rankings. Tuition and fees are competitive, and vary based upon programs and other factors. ASU is committed to helping faculty from the Maricopa Community Colleges in whatever way we can. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Maricopa residential and adjunct faculty who need to supplement their graduate coursework to meet the HLC/NCA requirements are eligible for substantial graduate scholarships through ASU. 

face-to-face ($250/graduate credit)

Credit Hours Scholarship Amount
3 $750
6 $1,500
9 $2,250


online ($150/graduate credit)

Credit Hours Scholarship Amount
3 $450
6 $900
9 $1,350


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Degree program

  • Looking to pursue more than 12 credit hours, ASU's graduate programs rank among the best in the nation and offer more than 350 degree options including graduate certificates, master's degrees, PhD and law programs. Explore the many programs ASU has to offer. 


  • Only need to gain a few extra credit hours? Some academic units allow you to take courses without being admitted to a graduate degree program as a nondegree student.
  • Nondegree status restrictions:
    • Nondegree seeking students may take as many courses as they would like, however if you wish to use the credits towards an ASU master's or doctoral degree, you will be limited to 12 graduate credit hours taken prior to admission to a degree program. 
    • Being a nondegree student does not guarantee registration. You will need to check with the academic department offering the courses you are interesed in and see whether or not you will be able to register. 
    • Finacial aid is not available to nondegree students. 

Online learning

  • More than 70 different graduate degrees are available via ASU Online, which has a number of course start dates and specialized services to address the needs of working professionals.   


For those who live or work on the east side of the Valley, there are several options. First, the College of Letters and Sciences offers courses as part of several master’s degrees: 

Further, the Arizona Board of Regents has granted the College of Letters and Sciences permission to develop several other master’s degrees:

  • MS, Environmental Analytics
  • MS, Integrative Social Science
  • MA, Narrative Studies (English)

The goal is to have these degree proposals, along with courses for the degrees, approved by the University Senate so that they are available by fall 2016 or spring 2017.

The opportunities at ASU West Campus in Glendale are tremendous. The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has a large menu of courses to select from and can help you construct a schedule that suits your needs and interests. Additionally, ASU faculty in the New College often conduct research in their labs over the summer (or during the semester); Maricopa faculty may pursue supervised research opportunities for credit with interested faculty. With strong programs in key areas such as communication, English, and psychology, among others, there are wonderful opportunities for learning online or on their beautiful campus.     



Maricopa residential and adjunct faculty who are interested in exploring their options for graduate work at ASU feel free to contact our Graduate College advisor to talk through your personal circumstances:

Karen Winters
Graduate Support Coordinator
Graduate College ǀ Arizona State University
Phone: 480-965-1364