Online Associate in Arts Degree


Online Associate in Arts Degree
(General College Studies)

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  • No test scores needed to apply
  • No application fee required
  • Earn credit for prior learning

SMC’s online Associate in Arts Degree gives you the education and experiences you need to expand your college and career options, all on your schedule and at your pace. Research shows that workers who earn an associate degree increase their earning power. Our online associate degree is designed to stand alone as a valuable general studies degree or as a pathway into a four-year bachelor's degree program.

Classes start every 8 weeks

Next start date:

October 10, 2023

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Why Get An Associate in Arts Degree at SMC?

  • You Want to Make More Money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that people with an associate degree earn approximately $8,000 more per year than those who don’t have a degree.
  • You’re Not Sure What You Want to Study. Our online associate degree is designed to transfer into four-year programs in several fields, including SMC’s customizable bachelor’s degree or Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. An associate in arts provides a general studies education that can help guide you into the field of study you enjoy.
  • You Want Options in Your Career. With the general studies education of our online associate degree, you’ll be prepared to continue your education or even get to work in several career fields, including teaching, human resources, operations, paralegal, graphic design, and more.

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Career Opportunities

Earning an Associate in Arts degree can open the door to many exciting career opportunities. Our general studies associate degree is the gateway to one of our four-year bachelor’s degrees and also sets graduates on the path for a number of career opportunities.

Potential Careers

  • Preschool teacher
  • Industries designer
  • Paralegal
  • Human resources manager
  • Executive assistant
  • Operations manager
  • Account executive
  • Creative assistant
  • Graphic designer
  • Administrative assistant
  • Customer service representative

Quick Facts

  • Classes start every 8 weeks

    Enroll full-time or part-time. Each online degree course runs for 8 weeks.

  • Program Cost

    $335 per credit hour. Your associate degree cost will be lower with financial aid and transfer credits. Compare SMC's cost to other online degree programs.

  • Financial Aid

    Federal and state grants, employer reimbursement, GI Bills - find out how financial aid can reduce the cost of your Associate of Arts degree.

  • Transfer qualifying credits

    Cut your online bachelor's degree completion time and reduce tuition costs by bringing up to 30 hours of qualifying college credits with you. More information about transfer credits.


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