All of our Associate Degree programs listed on this page are available online. We recommend the
University of Phoenix Online, Baker College Online, Bryant and Stratton, American
Intercontinental University Online
(AIU Online), Collins College, and Kaplan College.
What is an Associate Degree?
Associate degrees are issued by institutions of higher education and consists of a certain amount
of credits that a student earns.
Associate degree programs are designed for one of two objectives, either to
prepare for an occupation, or to provide a foundation for a baccalaureate degree program.
Associate degrees should provide evidence of competencies in communications, social sciences,
humanities and fine arts, analytical and inferential reasoning, and computational skills, as well as the ability to
learn on your own.
General education should be an integral part of all associate degree programs in order to develop
characteristics that help define an educated person. The liberal arts and sciences
are a fundamental component of all collegiate degrees. Granting a degree implies that the student
has achieved general education experiences in addition to technical preparation that may be part of a program. There
are standards regarding the minimum number of general education credits required outside of technical portions of a
program for each type of associate degree. In accordance with commonly held standards Colleges, Universities,
Distance Learning and Trade Schools agree that the general education portion of the associate degree program should
be acceptable toward baccalaureate degrees.
All associate degrees should require the equivalent of at least two years of full-time study built
around a defined body of knowledge. Because full-time enrollment is becoming less common, the minimum standards have
been expressed here in terms of credits. Programs that do not measure academic progress by credits will need to
demonstrate through equivalent measures that these standards are met.
In accordance with commonly held
standards, the minimum requirement for an associate degree is 60 semester or 90 quarter credits. It is understood
that institutions may use other terms (e.g., hours, courses) to express equivalent student accomplishment.
Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree programs are primarily intended to provide a broad liberal arts and sciences
background. A.A. degree programs should include at least 90 quarter or 60 semester credit hours of completed course
work which is defined as college level and which is designed to constitute the foundation (the first two years) for a
baccalaureate degree. They should include a minimum of 60 (quarter) or 40 (semester) credits distributed across at
least the following four areas: Communication, Natural Sciences Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Science. Included
in the 60 (quarter) or 40 (semester) credits should be at least 8 (quarter) or 5 (semester) credits in
Communications, and a minimum of 12 (quarter) or 8 (semester) credits in each of the categories of Humanities, Social
Sciences, and Natural Sciences Mathematics. The remaining general education credits should be chosen from one or more
of these four categories. In a few cases, the remaining 30 (quarter) or 20 (semester) degree credits may be used to
acquire limited technical expertise in a given area.
Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs are
intended to provide a liberal arts and science background and to provide the foundation for baccalaureate programs
with highly structured lower division requirements such as engineering, agriculture, or the sciences with heavy
undergraduate requirements in mathematics and science. Credits earned in A.S. degree programs are designed for
transfer toward particular baccalaureate programs. A.S. degree programs should include at least 90 quarter or 60
semester credits, with a minimum of 45 (quarter) or 30 (semester) credits distributed across at least the following
four areas: Communication, Natural Science, Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Science. Included in the 45 (quarter)
or 30 (semester) credits should be at least 6 (quarter) or 4 (semester) credits in each of the four categories. The
remaining credits should be chosen from one or more of these four categories. A majority of liberal arts and sciences
courses may be prerequisite to, or specifically supportive of, certain applied courses.
Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs are intended primarily to prepare people for employment a clear
distinction between the A.A.S. and other associate degrees. Because graduates receive an associate degree, however,
A.A.S. degree programs should include a minimum of 90 quarter or 60 semester credits with a minimum of 30 (quarter)
or 20 (semester) credits distributed across at least the following four areas:
Because A.A.S. degree programs are not intended as pre-baccalaureate preparation, students should
be aware that four-year institutions may accept only the general education course work and a limited portion of the
other course work as applying toward the requirements of a baccalaureate degree.
Baccalaureate Degrees to Associate Degrees
An Associate in Arts degree should be equivalent to a minimum
of 90 quarter or 60 semester credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
An Associate in Science degree should
be equivalent to a minimum of 90 quarter or 60 semester credit hours towards particular Bachelor of Science degrees.
Only the general education portion of the A.A.S. degree should be considered transferable. Equivalent Measures If
an institution does not use a quarter or semester system, it must define and describe how the terms that are used are
equivalent to quarter or semester credit hours.
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Albertus Magnus College is located in East Hartsford and Newhaven
CT., offering Associate Degrees.
Bryant & Stratton College is an online school accepting students
from throughout the United States, offering Associate degrees in
Business and IT.
Belhaven College servers the areas of Orlando Fl, and Memphis Tn.,
offering Associate Degrees.
University of Phoenix Online accepts students worldwide for a
Associate of Arts in General Studies and 35 other degree programs
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AIU Online has a special Business Administration degree program
designed with a unique blend of courses that prepares you to enter
today's demanding business world.
Ashworth College Online offer associate degrees in Accounting
Business and Technology.
Baker College Online offers associate degree online in Business,
Computer Programming, Human Resources, Marketing, Management and Web
FMU Online offers associate degrees in Accounting, Business Admin,
Computer Information Science, Programming, Web Design and Network
Admin. Criminal Justice and Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Ellis College has undergraduate degrees in Small Business
Management, Marketing and Accounting.
EPCI Online offers Associate degrees in in Computer Network
Technology, IT/Networking & Security Management, Business Accounting
and Business Administration.
ITT Technical Institute online offers Associate of Business
Accounting Technology, Associate of Business Administration and
Kaplan College Online offers AA Degrees in Business Administration -
Information Technology - Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies.
Keiser College Online offers associate degrees in Accounting,
Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Networking and
Security Management, Health Services Administration, Medical
Assistant and Paralegal.
Liberty University online offers an Associates of Arts in General
Silicon Valley College has (4) CA campuses in Emeryville, Freemont,
Walnut Creek and San Jose offering degrees and certificates in Arts
& Design, Computer, Drafting & Architecture, Massage Therapy and
Medical and Healthcare.
The Art Institutes Online is accepting students from throughout the
United States offering associate degrees in Advertising, Arts &
Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Culinary programs.
Thomson Education Direct
Offering (14) AA Degrees Online - Accepts Students Worldwide
Westwood College is offering AS degrees in Automotive Technology,
Computer Aided Drafting Architectural, Mechanical, Network and
Software Engineering, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and
refrigeration (HVACR), Hotel and Restaurant Management, Medical
Assisting and Transcription, Surveying, and Airframe and Powerplant