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Online Associate in Arts in General Arts And Sciences
  • Personalized career support
  • Comprehensive curriculum
  • Employable skills
  • Transfer up to 30 credits
  • No sat/act required**
  • 100% Online

**Applicants who have graduated from high school within 4 years prior to applying will need to provide a copy of their SAT scores.

Program Overview

Pace University’s Online Associate in Arts in General Arts and Sciences degree (AA) is built for busy individuals with some or no college credit who want to earn their first college degree and prepare for careers in a wide range of industries.

The part-time associate degree can be completed in two years or fewer depending on transfer and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits awarded for prior learning and life/work experience, and incorporates critical coursework in English, communications, computing, and math, enabling students to meet the needs of employers across the globe. Our experienced faculty members and career services experts provide students with personalized career support by connecting students with employers, developing their interviewing skills, and helping them create a compelling resume.

Built for Today's Driven Students

The Associate in Arts in General Arts and Sciences is geared toward individuals from a range of professional backgrounds whose goals may include:

  • Earning their first college degree
  • Transferring to a bachelor’s degree program
  • Advancing in their current organization
  • Expanding their career opportunities
  • Obtaining a higher salary
"Individuals with an associate’s degree, on average, earn $300,000 more in their lifetime than individuals with a high school diploma alone."

—The Hamilton Project

Flexibility or Your Career Goals

The comprehensive curriculum includes core courses that develop your writing, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. You also have the option to choose a concentration in the Humanities or Social Sciences and take a range of elective courses that suit your career goals.

Built For Today’s Driven Students

The associate degree is geared toward working individuals with some or no college credit who want to earn their first college degree and expand their career opportunities. Because the AA is offered part-time and 100% online, students can complete the degree on their own schedules. The AA program is also an excellent option for students who plan to continue their studies and earn a bachelor’s degree to advance their careers even further.


Credits Required to Graduate: 60

Most students complete the Associate in Arts in General Arts and Sciences in two to three years depending on transfer and PLA credits awarded. Students can transfer up to 30 credits from an accredited institution and may be eligible to gain college credit from life/work experience once enrolled. Additional eligible credits can be transferred to a subsequent Pace bachelor’s degree program after reviewed by Admission.

Required Classes (30 Credits)
  • ENG 110 Composition (4 Credits)
  • English Placement 110
  • ENG 120 Critical Writing (4 Credits)
  • ENG 201 Writing In The Disciplines (4 Credits)
  • COM 200 Public Speaking (3 Credits)
  • AIT 103 Online Seminar (1 Credit)
  • AIT 107 Computer Applications For Telecommunications (4 Credits)
  • MAT 102 Mathematics For Life (4 Credits)
  • Modern Language And Culture (4-6 Credits)
  • Lab Science (To Be Selected With Advisement) (4 Credits)
  • Arts & Sciences Electives (7 Credits)


Classes for the two concentrations — Humanities and Social Sciences — to be selected with advisement. Students take 12 credits as part of their selected concentration.

Electives (10-20 Credits)

Tuition and Fees

  • $555 per credit
  • Technology fee
    • $60 per semester (part-time students, fall and spring)
    • $100 per semester (students taking 12 credits or more)
  • $50 ProctorU fee

Some courses may require additional fees.

Note: Pace University reserves the right to change tuition and fees.

Admission Requirements

Upcoming Start Date
  • The next start date is January 16, 2020.
  • Completed applications must be submitted by December 23, 2019.
Application Submission and Review

Students have five opportunities to begin an online degree completion program each year including two in the Fall, two in the Spring, and one in the Summer.

Candidates will be notified of an admission decision via email within two weeks of completed application submission.

Accepted students will receive additional information on how to submit a deposit to secure their place in the program and how to make an appointment with an academic advisor.

In addition, the accepted student will be able to initiate a request to have transfer credits accepted and will receive instructions on how to complete their Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation.

Candidates can apply up to one month prior to their desired start date. We encourage prospective students, however, to submit their application well before the deadline if possible. This is especially important for those who plan to utilize federal financial aid

Candidates can also use the Applicant Portal to check the status of their application. Please wait for 24-hours after application submission to use this tool.

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking their bachelor’s degree should have a minimum of 56 completed college credits eligible for transfer. Those candidates with fewer than 56 eligible college credits should apply for the AA in General Arts and Sciences degree. Once enrolled, students can also apply for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits, which can be awarded for life/work experience.

Bachelor’s degree candidates should have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.5 except for BBA in Business Studies applicants who should have a minimum GPA of 2.75. Associate degree candidates should have a minimum high school GPA of 80 or 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Those whose GPA is lower than required can submit a one-page essay or personal statement that addresses why the program is a good fit, specifically considering the online learning environment, and provide any justification for the reported GPA.

Admission Materials
  • A completed online application
  • A current, professional resume
  • Associate degree applicants who have graduated from high school within four years prior to applying will need to provide a copy of their SAT scores.
  • Official college/university transcripts* from all previously attended institutions
  • Official high school transcript, diploma, or GED certification

Paper transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University Online
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland
  • 100 Summit Lake Drive
  • Valhalla, NY 10595

Digital transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland

International Students whose primary institution did not teach in English and reside out of the United States are required to submit one of the following English proficiency scores:

    • Paper-based version: 550
    • Computer-based version: 213
    • Internet-based version: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson PTE: 54

Please also become familiar with additional admission requirements as listed on our International Students page.

*Applicants should note that Pace is not currently accepting applications from prospective students that reside in California or Massachusetts.

Application Process for Former Pace Students

Individuals who have previously attended Pace University but not graduated are eligible for a modified admissions process should they wish to return to complete their degree. Individuals meeting this criterion will need to begin the process by completing the following forms:

  • A resumption of studies form
  • A change of major form

In addition, you will need to provide a current, professional resume, a one to two paragraphs personal essay addressing how you think the program will benefit you, and official transcripts from any institution attended after leaving Pace University.

Paper transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University Online
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland
  • 100 Summit Lake Drive
  • Valhalla, NY 10595

Digital transcripts can be sent to:

  • Pace University
  • Attn: Lisa Slingerland

All materials can be sent to the Pace Online Admissions Office at or by fax at (914) 989-8681.

Please reach out to an admissions counselor at or (866) 815-5166 to begin the conversation about returning to Pace.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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