General Studies Certificate

Program Number: 97-809-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, West Bend, Online
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Program Description

Moraine Park’s General Studies Certificate is designed for individuals who wish to continue their education but aren’t sure what career path fits their needs. Students start with classes that lay the foundation to other degree offerings or they can apply their new academic skills in the workplace. While doing certificate coursework, students are encouraged to take advantage of free career exploration services and instruction to find a direction for their educational and career goals.

Graduates of the certificate may choose to transfer the credits directly into a Moraine Park program. Many of the credits may also transfer to a four-year college or university.

For further information regarding the General Studies Certificate, please contact Dr. Caron Daugherty , the Dean of General and International Education, at 920-924-3163.

Approximate Costs


  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Fall/Spring Semester

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

  • Career Opportunities

    • Improve/upgrade employment opportunities.

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (strongly encouraged).   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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     Number  Course Title  Crs.
     890-101  College 101  2
    801-136 English Composition 1  3
    Choose three associate level courses from a minimum of three areas (minimum of nine credits):
    Communication (in addition to 801-136 English Composition 1 requirement)
     801-1xx  Associate level communication course  
     804-1xx  Associate level mathematics course  
     806-1xx  Associate level science course  
     Social Science  
     809-1xx Associate level social science course  
     Behavioral Science  
     809-1xx Associate level behavioral science course  
      Total Certificate Credits 14

    Academic Planner

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    Who Should Consider General Studies

    • High school seniors unsure of what major they should pursue at a technical college or university
    • Adults returning to school without a clear career path in mind
    • Adults returning to school who want to update their general studies skills

    How Does General Studies Work?

    General Studies is a two-semester certificate. (Students may choose to take longer to complete.) It has two required courses, including College 101 and English Composition 1. Students will select additional courses from a range of General Education offerings.

    What Follows?

    With the knowledge gained in your technical college courses, a technical college transcript, and a clearer idea of your career goals, you may decide to:

    • Apply the credits to a Moraine Park associate of applied science degree or technical diploma program.
    • Transfer to another technical college.
    • Transfer the credits to a Wisconsin private or public four-year college.
    • Enter the workforce better prepared to be successful.