An Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree requires at least 60 credits to complete. While some A.A. degrees may require additional credits to finish special requirements, the 60-credit base requirement is standard across the nation.
Most A.A. degrees are designed to be completed in two years by taking a full-time course load from the Fall semester through the Spring semester each year. Some A.A. students complete their degree and enter the workforce, while others transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year university. A.A. graduates are eligible for junior-level academic standing in a bachelor’s program.
A.A. degrees are available in a wide variety of subject areas in the social sciences, the humanities and in business. Technical and vocational subjects are typically offered as Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees.