Associate in Arts Degree
The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) provides a framework for understanding the disciplines and skills of a liberal arts degree, a foundation for further study at the bachelor's degree level, and an initial academic credential required for career advancement. The degree is awarded to students who successfully complete the equivalent of two years of undergraduate study.
The courses completed for the degree count toward all Bachelor of Science degree programs at University College. Students preparing for a career in nursing are encouraged to meet with an advisor to select courses that meet admission requirements for Bachelor of Science nursing degree programs.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
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Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
- Principles of Writing (U11-101)
- Critical and Researched Writing (U11-203)
- One course in oral presentation
- One course in numerical applications
- One course in moral reasoning
- One course in non-Western culture
18 units, six units in each distribution area noted below. Each distribution area must include course work from at least two disciplines. (Courses that satisfy the numerical applications, moral reasoning and non-western culture Basic Requirements may also count toward Distribution Requirements.)
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Social Sciences
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, others with authorization
- Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, others with authorization
- Humanities: Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Art History, others with authorization
- Professional Studies: Business, Communications, Journalism, Health Care, Clinical Research Management, Sustainability, others with authorization
- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Associate in Arts degree at University College. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.
Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.
You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
This fee is waived for all WashU staff.