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.
At University College, we understand adult students may need more flexibility to work around busy schedules. Available 100% online or in-person, our Associate in Arts degree was designed to be a flexible option for busy professionals.
Students who decide to complete the Associate in Arts program online will select a concentration in Social Sciences, Humanities, or Professional Studies. Courses are selected from multiple departments within those areas rather than in a single department. Students interested in the Math and Science concentration will need to take some courses on-campus.
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, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
- Analytical Writing (U11 111)
- Critical and Researched Writing (U11 203)
- One course in numerical applications
- One course in moral reasoning
- One course in cultural diversity
* These Basic Requirements are effective as of Summer 2019. Students admitted to this program prior to Summer 2019 are expected to fulfill the requirements in place at the time of their admission. Questions about required course work? Please contact your advisor.
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
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, others with authorization
- Social Sciences (online option available): Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, others with authorization
- Humanities (online option available): Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Art History, others with authorization
- Professional Studies (online option available): Business, Communications, Journalism, Health Care, Clinical Research Management, Sustainability, others with authorization
- Note: Business and Forensic Psychology certificates could be used to complete the majority of the Professional Studies area (15/18 units).
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- 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.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- FALL: AUGUST 17
- SPRING: JANUARY 6
- SUMMER: MAY 11
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
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?
All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.