Associate Degrees (A.A. and A.S.)

The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are for those students who may choose, because of educational or professional goals, to transfer to a four-year college for completion and training. Chief Dull Knife College offers a wide variety of lower division (Freshman and Sophomore) coursework leading to a bachelor's Degree at four-year colleges and universities. A minimum of 60 credit hours of courses numbered 100 or higer in an advisor approved plan is required for an associate degree.

A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is required in the credits earned toward the associate degree. As part of the 60 credits, students must earn at least the minimum number of credits listed in the group requirements.

Associate In Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The A.A.S. is a degree program of specific training in an occupational career field. The A.A.S. program is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into employment upon completion. Some of the coursework may be transferred to Bachelor’s Degree programs at selected 4-year institutions.

The A.A.S. Degree is currently offered in Administrative Assistant and Business Management.

A minimum of 60 credit hours of courses numbered 100 or higher in a combined occupational and academic program is required for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. A cumulative grade-point-average of 2.0 or better is required in the credits earned toward the A.A.S. Degree.


Certificate programs are designed for students who seek to acquire an occupational skill in specific training programs that are shorter in duration or narrower in scope than those leading to the A.A.S. Degree. A certificate is awarded for satisfactory completion of courses or programs of 30 to 45 credit hours. Specific requirements vary with each certificate program.

Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirements listed in the Chief Dull Knife College catalog which is current at the time the student determines that he/she plans to graduate from CDKC or when the student first attends on a full-time basis, are the requirements that apply to that student. At least 15 credit hours must be earned at CDKC to meet degree graduation requirements.

A maximum of seven credits of “D” grade will be applicable towards degree or certificate requirements. All graduation requirements including application for graduation will need to be complete before going through the graduation ceremony. All student accounts will need to be paid in full before participating in the graduation ceremony.

Application for Graduation

Students must make formal application for graduation with the Registrar by at least the second week of the semester in which the course requirements are expected to be completed.

Four Year Institution Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four year institution need to be aware that the Montana University System requires all core classes transferred must have a “C” grade or better. “D” grades may be accepted at the discretion of the transferring school for non-core classes.