General Studies

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in General Studies offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that provide a solid foundation for academic achievement and are readily applicable to your educational, personal, or professional interests. In this online degree program, you’ll combine required core courses in English, history, math, and science with elective courses of your choice, enabling you to create your own concentration. Successful achievement of this associate degree shows employers in all fields that you are capable of college-level studies and can persist in completing a degree program. Knowledge from this online associate program can also serve as a springboard to a related baccalaureate degree.

Program Courses

Course topics include:

  • Online learning theory, styles, tools, and research techniques
  • Written and oral communication
  • American history and world civilizations
  • Public speaking and human communications
  • Philosophy, religion, ethics, or the fine arts
  • American, English, or world literature
  • Algebra, trigonometry, or calculus
  • Physical sciences and social sciences

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid. 

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Use knowledge across a wide diversity of subjects, views, works, and authors, from which they will have a general academic foundation.
  • Identify their personal, academic, and professional/career goals and strategies that are integrated within a meaningful approach to life.
  • Read, write, and analyze effectively across a number of disciplines.
  • Identify issues and problems, then formulate and frame solutions to these problems.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.