Should You Be Credit Or Non-Credit?

Let the College of Southern Maryland get you started on the path to your career. Earn an associate’s degree or a letter of recognition, or take classes to help you get certified in a variety of different programs.

Credit Programs & Courses

Earning your associate’s degree gets you ready for the future, whether it’s the sum of your educational plans or just the beginning on the path to a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Non-Credit Offerings

Non-credit courses help you upgrade your skills in a variety of areas, preparing you for the workforce or increasing your value to employers.

Answer these questions to help you decide...

What is your education goal?


A: If you want an associate’s degree or are looking to transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree, then you need to become a credit student. Credit programs include associate’s of science, associate’s of arts and associate’s of applied sciences degrees.


A: Career development courses can help hone your current skills or give you new skills to increase your value to the local workforce. We also offer a variety of prep courses for national certifications.

What kind of time do you have to commit to your education?


A: An associate’s degree program takes about two years to complete, if you are a full-time student.


A: Most certifications and letters of recognition do not take multiple semesters to complete.

Do you already have a degree?


A: If you have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree already, then credit courses would only be needed if you wanted to start a new degree program.


A: For students who have degrees, adding a certification or letter of recognition can increase your value to employers.