Associate of Arts & Sciences



$320 Per Credit
Earn a degree. Complete a prerequisite. Supplement on campus coursework.

The 100% online Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Wisconsin creates the educational foundation that you can build on, whether you’re seeking a full degree, need to complete a prerequisite course, or take individual courses to supplement your studies and complete your degree in less time.

No matter your path, the courses in this accredited UW associate degree program give you a broad liberal arts background, while fulfilling transferable general education requirements at Universities of Wisconsin schools and most other four-year institutions.

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The Universities of Wisconsin involved in this degree program are UW-Eau Claire, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater.

Program Description

The 60-credit associate degree program is designed to provide a broad, balanced liberal arts and sciences background, while satisfying the general education requirements at four-year institutions. Program courses can also be used to fulfill prerequisites and supplement coursework at other campuses, both within and out of Universities of Wisconsin campuses. Students may pursue the full degree or take a course or two for transfer.

In addition to the required number of credits from each area below, students pursuing the AAS degree will complete 18 elective credits from across the curriculum.

Career Opportunities

The UW Associate of Arts and Sciences program’s broad liberal arts curriculum was designed to provide you with the ability to think critically across various disciplines. In addition, this degree satisfies your general education credits and sets you on a path to earning a bachelor’s degree


Admission requirements vary depending on your educational path. Students pursuing the fully online UW Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree are considered degree seeking students. All other students are considered special students, including those completing any other degree or certificate, taking a prerequisite course or supplementing on campus coursework to complete their degree quicker.

Requirements for degree seeking students

  • High school diploma, GED or HSED
  • ACT or SAT required for students under age 22 (optional through the 2024-25 academic year)
  • Minimum 17 high school level, college prep credits. Thirteen of 17 must be distributed as follows:
  • English—4 credits
  • Social Science —3 credits
  • Math—3 credits (must include at least 1 credit of algebra and the equivalent of 1 credit geometry)
  • Natural Science—3 credits
  • Remaining 4 credits can be from above areas, foreign languages, fine arts, computer science or other academic areas
  • Official high school and college transcripts, if applicable

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