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.

Schedule an Appointment

Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at our Danforth Campus location from 2-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Natalia Kolk
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6742

Elisa Wang
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6793

Meet with Natalia

Meet with Elisa

required course work

Basic Requirements*: 15 units

  • Principles of Writing (U11-101)
  • Critical and Researched Writing (U11-203)
  • One course in numerical applications
  • One course in moral reasoning
  • One course in cultural diversity

* These requirements effective as of Spring 2019. Students admitted to this program prior to Spring 2019 are expected to fulfill the requirements in place at the time of their admission. Questions about required course work? Please contact your advisor.

Distribution Requirements: 18 units

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 cultural diversity Basic Requirements may also count toward Distribution Requirements.)

  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
Concentration Requirements: 18 units


  • 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
Electives: 6 units

admissions requirements

6 units of transferrable college-level course work
  • 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.
2.7 minimum GPA

application requirements

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.

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.


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 For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.

Personal Essay

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?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

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.

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Still have questions?

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 |

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 |