Online Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is offered through the University’s Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, which has a long history of offering career-relevant programs to adults and working professionals. The fully online AA program follows the same rigorous curriculum and standards as the face-to-face model established decades ago on the Metropolitan Campus. Using FDU's WebCampus, students are able to access their courses any time and from any location via the Internet. This asynchronous delivery model offers adult learners, often busy with family and carrer obligations, enormous scheduling flexibility.
The AA degree is ideally suited to adult learners who have little or no previous college credit. The program offers a timely and cost effective way to earn an associate’s degree as either a terminal degree or as a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree. Highlights of the online AA program include:
- Convenient Year-Round Scheduling: The Online Programs' calendar offers 4 terms per year beginning in September, January, April and July. Classes meet on our WebCampus for 10-12 weeks during each term. By attending year-round and taking 2 classes per term, an adult can earn an AA degree in just 2-1/2 years while still working fulltime.
- Rolling Admissions: Students can enter the program at the beginning of any of the 4 terms. For students who wish to continue their studies, the associate’s degree can roll directly into the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Individualized Studies, also offered in a fully online format. No additional application is required.
- Admission with Advanced Standing and Opportunities for Degree Acceleration: Up to 30 credits of the 60 credit AA degree can come from sources such as transfer credits from other institutions, standardized exams (e.g. CLEP, TECEP, DANTES), military/professional training evaluated by American Council on Education (ACE), and FDU's assessment of prior learning that was attained outside the traditional classroom.
- Single Point of Contact for Student Services: The Office of Online Programs provides fully online adult learners a singal contact for all student services from time of admission until graduation. Rather than spending precious time navigating the University's administrative structure from a distance, students can focus on their studies and simply email or call the Office of Online Programs when a need arises.
- Individual Attention and Guidance: Each student is regarded as unique in educational background and academic aspirations. Therefore, academic counseling is provided by a dedicated advisor familiar with each student's history and attentive to each student's needs. A personalized degree plan is prepared for each student and updated each semester in the Office of Online Programs.
- Online Academic Support Services: e-Tutoring and online library services are available to FDU students. Of course those who are able to come to a campus location can also take advantage of on-campus services and participate in campus events and activities.
- Special Tuition Rate: A special tuition rate is offered to adult learners who opt for the fully online AA degree program. The Financial Aid Office and Office of Veteran Services are available to assist students in understanding the various aid programs open to eligible students. In addition, FDU offers a variety of payment methods, including a deferred payment option for those receiving employer reimbursement.
The minimum requirements for the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree are:
- Completion of 60 credits of acceptable college work; up to 64 credits can be earned in the AA program prior to transferring to an upper-division program.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.00;
- Completion of 30 credits (normally the last 30) taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University.