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Associate Degrees

An associate degree is the first step toward meeting your goals for a successful future. And once you have earned your associate degree, you are already halfway toward earning a bachelor's degree through the Ohio University Online Degree Completion Program.

The associate degrees are offered in a flexible format that may include a combination of online courses, print-based courses, or independent learning courses. Please note: While many of the courses may be offered online, some courses may need to be completed through print-based education courses.

For those who prefer not to use the Internet or don't have access, the associate degrees can be completed through print-based education. A print-based degree is an ideal option for Correctional Education students who likely don't have access to the Internet. Students who prefer not to use the Internet also may want to consider the option of completing a degree completely through print-based education.

Associate in Applied Business (A.A.B.) - Business Management Technology Major

The business management technology major requires a minimum of 63 credit hours with a 2.0 accumulative GPA upon graduation. The student must earn a minimum of 18 semester credit hours while enrolled at Ohio University. In addition, at least 50 percent of the coursework taken in the major concentration for the Associate in Applied Business degree must be taken at Ohio University. Students must complete the University’s Tier I quantitative skills and first-year English composition requirements.

Associate in Arts - Arts & Humanities Emphasis (A.A.)

This degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours. At least 20 of the total credit hours earned toward the A.A. must be Ohio University credits. In addition, at least 50 percent of the coursework taken in the area of concentration for the A.A. degree programs must be completed through Ohio University. The student must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the area of concentration and overall to earn the degree. Students must complete the University’s Tier I quantitative skills and first-year English composition requirements. Technical courses count only as electives for the A.A. degree.

Associate in Arts - Social Sciences Emphasis (A.A.)

This degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours. At least 20 of the total credit hours earned toward the A.A. must be Ohio University credits. In addition, at least 50 percent of the coursework taken in the area of concentration for the A.A. degree programs must be completed through Ohio University. The student must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the area of concentration and overall to earn the degree. Students must complete the University’s Tier I quantitative skills and first-year English composition requirements. Technical courses count only as electives for the A.A. degree.

Associate in Individualized Studies (A.I.S.)

Students who wish to pursue a two-year program of study in a field other than those available through one of the other associate degree options may design their own program of study to meet particular goals through the Associate in Individualized Studies (A.I.S.) degree program.

If an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science has been completed previously, you will not be permitted to complete the A.I.S. To submit an application for admission to the program, a student must currently be enrolled as a degree-seeking student. The application must outline the intended course of study, and it must include a proposed area of concentration consisting of two or more subject areas.

Students must complete the application with their academic advisor. Applications for the A.I.S. are accepted by the tenth week of fall and spring semesters. The student will receive a letter indicating the decision of the review committee, following the review of his or her application, at the end of the semester in which it was submitted.

To graduate with an Associate in Individualized Studies degree, a student must earn a minimum of 60 semester hours, with at least 20 of those hours earned after admission to the A.I.S. program (degree residency requirement). The student must complete University General Education Tier I freshman-level requirements in English composition and quantitative skills. The approved area of concentration must have coherence and educational purpose equivalent to an established degree program. The area of concentration requires a minimum of 20 credit hours, and at least 50 percent of the coursework for the area of concentration must be completed at Ohio University. The student must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in both the area of concentration and overall to earn the degree.

This degree is offered through University College. Visit the University College A.I.S. page for more information.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree requires a minimum of 60 hours. At least 20 of the total credits earned toward the A.S. must be Ohio University credits. In addition, at least 50 percent of the coursework taken in the area of concentration for the A.S degree programs must be completed through Ohio University. The student must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in both the area of concentration and overall to earn the degree. Technical courses count only as electives for the A.S. degree. Students must complete the University’s Tier I quantitative skills and first-year English composition requirements.

Second Associate Degree

You cannot earn the same associates degree twice. Furthermore, you are not permitted to earn both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. If you have already earned the A.I.S. degree, you are not permitted to earn either the A.A. or A.S. degree. Although it is possible to complete an A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree with a double major, you can earn the degree only once. If an A.A. or A.S. has been completed previously, you will not be permitted to complete the A.I.S.