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Associate of Arts in General Studies

Choose from a wide range of courses within the Associate of Arts in General Studies curriculum.

Pursue a college credential that aligns with your career interests by choosing an associate’s degree specialization at University of Maryland Global Campus. Study the general associate’s curriculum to gain a breadth of applicable knowledge, and then select a specialization to start building a foundation for your future.

The associate’s degree program is available to non-Maryland residents, military servicemembers, veterans, and more. Learn more about the complete eligibility requirements for associate’s degrees.

About the Associate of Arts in General Studies

In this 60-credit associate’s degree program, you’ll complete 35 general education credits. For the remaining 25 credits, choose a general curriculum or one of the specialized curriculum areas outlined below.

If you anticipate seeking a bachelor's degree, you should select courses that will advance that goal.

AA in General Studies Specialized Curriculum Areas

 

Why Earn an Associate of Arts at UMGC?

With a variety of specialized curriculum areas, earning an Associate of Arts at UMGC can help you gain in-demand skills and knowledge or get a head start on a bachelor’s degree.

60
Credits
Finish your associate’s degree in half the time as a bachelor’s. Plus, you may be able to earn transfer credit to fulfill some of your requirements.
40%+
Students
More than 40 percent of postsecondary students nationwide taking undergraduate coursework are enrolled in associate’s degree programs.
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce | "The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate’s Degrees.” | 2020
50%+
Career-Focused Degrees
More than 50 percent of associate's degrees awarded nationwide are in career-oriented fields.
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce | "The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate’s Degrees.” | 2020
Associate’s Degree Requirements
See the requirements for UMGC's Associate of Arts degree, which requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits.

Associate’s General Education Requirements
Get information about the 35 credits of general education courses required for all associate’s degrees at UMGC.

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