Associate in Arts Degree

Undergraduate

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 apply for the Associate in Arts with a concentration in Health Science, and to meet with an advisor to select courses that meet admission requirements for Bachelor of Science nursing degree programs.

required course work

Basic Requirements: 9-18 units

  • 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

Additional basic requirements for the Associate in Arts with concentrations in Business and Communication Studies or in Global Leadership and Management:

  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  • One course in applied mathematics or statistics
  • One course in information technology
Distribution Requirements: 18 units

18 units, 6 units in each distribution area noted below, including one course in moral reasoning, one course in numerical applications, (fulfilled in Basic Requirements for concentration in Business and Communication Studies), and one course in non-Western culture. Each distribution area must include coursework from at least two disciplines.

  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Distribution Requirements for the Associate in Arts in Global Leadership and Management

Concentration Requirements: 18 units

At least half of the concentration must be taken at University College. Concentration courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor to ensure continuity with a B.S. degree in University College.

Students can select concentrations in the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Business and Communication Studies
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Economics
  • English
  • Global Leadership and Management*
  • Health Care
  • History
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sustainability

or select a divisional concentration in either Social Sciences or Humanities:

  • Social Sciences: select courses from Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Thought and Analysis, others with authorization.
  • Humanities: select courses from Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, others with authorization.
Electives: 6-15 units

admissions requirements

Admission to the Associate in Arts degree program requires at least 6 units of University College course work with minimum 2.7 GPA, or at least 6 units of acceptable transfer credit with minimum 2.7 GPA.

High School Graduate

Applicants must be a high school graduate.

Residency Requirement

The final 36 units must be completed at Washington University.

Transfer Credit

No more than 24 units may be transferred to the degree.

A Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0

2.0 minimum overall GPA. Associate in Arts graduates are eligible to apply for admission to a B.S. program in University College and transfer all A.A. courses to the B.S. program of study.

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, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

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.

Personal statement

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? What do we need to know 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.

$35 application fee

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.

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Still have questions?

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu