A Mount Tamalpais College student in the classroom

Associate of Arts Degree

Mount Tamalpais College’s Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts at San Quentin State Prison is a rigorous multi-disciplinary education that offers introductory courses in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science. To earn the AA degree, students must complete 61-semester units (20 classes) across a range of subjects. Most courses are introductory and lower division and are transferable to four-year institutions.

Our commitment to providing high-quality liberal arts education at San Quentin began in 1996.
The average number of students enrolled in our AA degree program at San Quentin each semester.
As of 2019, 173 students have completed their AA degree with us at San Quentin State Prison.

Enrolling at Mt. Tam

If you know someone who is currently incarcerated at San Quentin, or another California prison, and is interested in applying to Mount Tamalpais College, visit our Admissions page to find out more about the process.

Course Catalog

In contrast to correspondence courses offered at most prisons, our courses are in-classroom and discussion-based, and offer transferable credits. Review our full course catalog—including course descriptions and student learning outcomes for credit and non-credit courses.

Many of Our Students Are the First in Their Families to Earn a Degree

When students have completed the requirements for the AA degree, they are eligible to graduate with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. Each June we host a commencement ceremony in the visiting room at San Quentin State Prison. Graduates receive their degrees surrounded by family, friends, fellow students, Mt. Tam College staff and board members, and other supporters.