Associate in Arts


The online Associate in Arts (AA) is offered through the University’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, which has a long history of offering career-relevant programs for adults and working professionals. The AA program, which is tailored to a variety of student populations on campus, has been converted to a fully online format for adultnlearners. Because FDU relies on completely asynchronous (any time, any place) online delivery, its distance learning offers unparalleled educational flexibility. Students may log on and complete their course work wherever and whenever it is most convenient for them.

The AA degree is ideally suited to adult learners who have little or no previous college credit. The program is designed as a timely and cost efficient vehicle to enable students to earn their associate’s degrees. Classes are organized in three 12 week trimesters beginning in September, January, and April. For students who wish to continue their studies through the summer a shorter, 10-week session begins in July. The associate’s degree can roll directly into the online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Individualized Studies.


The minimum requirements for the associate's degree are as follows:

  • Completion of 60 credits of acceptable college work; up to 64 credits can be earned in  the AA program prior to transferring to an upper-division program;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00;
  • 30 total credits (normally the last 30) at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Students completing the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas.

I. Communication, Mathematics and Computer Skills
Requirement: 12 credits

The ability to use the English language, the ability to understand and use basic mathematical symbols and the mastery of basic computer skills are required of all students in the program.

  • ENGL 1111  Literature & Composition I (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1112  Literature & Composition II (3 credits)
  • MATH 1131 College Mathematics I (3 credits)
  • MATH 1141 Mathematical Methods (3 credits)
  • MIS 1135     Intro to Computers (3 credits)

      II. Liberal Arts and Sciences
      Requirement: 27 credits

      Students are exposed to social, scientific, aesthetic, moral and religious ideas.

      Humanities (18 credits)
      At least one course from each of the following areas must be represented:  

      • Fine Arts, Cultural Arts or Film 
      • Literature
      • History
      • Philosophy

      Social Sciences (6 credits )
      At least two of the following areas must be represented:

      • Economics
      • Psychology
      • Sociology

      Natural Sciences (3 credits)
      A course in one of the following areas:

      • Life sciences
      • Earth and Planetary Sciences
      • Physics

      III. University Core
      Requirement: 6 credits

      Fairleigh Dickinson University requires all students to complete this common University Core curriculum that has a strong emphasis on liberal arts:

      • CORE 1001 Perspectives on the Individual 
      • CORE 3004 Global Issues 

      IV. Free Electives
      Requirement: 15 - 18 credits

      Students should consult with their advisor for help in selecting from the many varied course offerings. Electives can be chosen to form a concentration in an area such as business or public service administration. Certain courses may be important in the development of an upper-division major.