Degree Paths

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degrees

  • are two-year degree plans
  • lead directly into the workforce
  • focus on core subject content
  • include hands-on application of core content
  • require only five general education courses (Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences/Mathematics)
  • requires non-calculus based math courses

Articulation Agreements

  • are two-year degree plans
  • are directed toward specific four-year institutions
  • are a combination of the AAS and bachelor degree tracks
  • allow transfer credit for many core technical-level courses
  • allow substitution of transfer-level courses for technical-level requirements:
    • ENG 111 instead of ENG 110
    • ENG 112 instead of ENG 114
    • MAT 171 instead of MAT 110 or MAT 121
    • PSY 150 instead of PSY 118
  • graduates are employable upon completion
  • graduates have a university transfer plan
  • employers typically offer tuition assistance programs for employees who want to pursue additional education

The following programs have articulation agreements for transfer:

Articulation agreement information shows transfer options for all Wake Tech programs

Associate in Engineering (AE) Degree

  • designed for transfer to four-year institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree
  • first two years are mostly general education classes
  • entry into the workforce is delayed
  • require higher-level math (pre-calculus and calculus)
  • more theory than hands-on experience
  • the typical transfer path is the AE Degree


Some institutions, such as UNC-Charlotte and Appalachian State University, offer AAS transfer options but have not signed formal articulation agreements.