Associate Degree

The Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree recognizes the completion of a two-year liberal arts program. A strong foundation for many bachelor’s degree programs, the AAS degree also shows employers that you have developed critical-thinking and effective communication skills, which are vitally needed in today’s workplace.

The AAS program allows you to explore courses related to your intended major while completing the general education classes required for most bachelor’s degrees. Many universities consider students with an AAS degree to have satisfied their general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

AAS degree-seeking students must complete a minimum of 60 degree credits, have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade-point average, and meet the core competencies in writing and mathematics. A distribution of credits demonstrating a breadth of knowledge is also required. The breadth categories are defined as follows:

  • Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Application and Performance
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Plan to apply for the AAS degree at least one semester prior to your final semester. See the academic catalog for more information on the AAS degree.

FLEX: UW Flexible Option

Students complete competency based assessments in place of the traditional course structure to show mastery of a subject. Learn more about this kind of competency-based, self-paced learning option at

Collaborative AAS Degree

This 100% online collaborative degree builds your educational foundation and gives you a broad liberal arts background 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. This Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is a partnership of UW campuses.

For questions or more information, contact Margaret Hankenson, Academic Director for the Collaborative AAS Degree.