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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 of Arts in general studies at University of Maryland Global Campus. Study the general associate’s curriculum to gain a breadth of applicable knowledge, and then select courses in your area of interest to start building a foundation for your future. The associate degree program is available to non-Maryland residents, military servicemembers, veterans, and more. Learn more about the complete eligibility requirements for an associate degree.

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, you will need to take elective courses related to your interests and educational goals. Of these 25 credits, you must take 4 credits of required core courses. The remaining 21 credits may be chosen from any eligible courses of interest, provided you have met the course prerequisites. Be sure to review our focused elective options if you need additional guidance. If you anticipate seeking a bachelor's degree, you should select courses that will advance that goal.

Learn more about the AA in General Studies curriculum, requirements, and general education coursework.


Why Earn an Associate of Arts at UMGC?

By earning an Associate of Arts in General Studies at UMGC, you can benefit from the flexibility of the curriculum and the guidance of our focused elective options. Our courses can help you gain in-demand skills and knowledge or get a head start on a bachelor’s degree.

Beatriz A., Fort Worth, TX

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
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

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I did tell a couple of my co-workers to join UMGC, one, because it's military-friendly, and two, you could do it online at anywhere and, honestly, it will help you succeed.

Jorge A., Groton, CT Associate of Arts


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