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Associate of ArtsGeneral Studies

A.A. in General Studies

The MVNU School of Graduate and Professional Studies is pleased to offer an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree program that is intentionally designed for ambitious adults to receive a high-quality education while maintaining personal and professional responsibilities.

This program is designed for students to take one course at a time and can be completed in just over two-and-a-half years with an additional option for eligible students to take two courses at a time after the first term. Students take courses from a variety of areas to build a foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills while developing skills in written and interpersonal communication. Students complete the core of a liberal arts education, preparing them for success in an ever-changing professional world.

This fully online, 60-credit hour program fulfills all of the requirements for the general education core required for an MVNU School of Graduate and Professional Studies bachelor degree, preparing students for a seamless transition into a bachelor's degree program should they choose to continue their education after graduation.

  • Well-rounded education — Take courses in a variety of areas from the core of liberal arts education, preparing you with the basic skills and knowledge you need to be successful in any job market. Plus, this is a great opportunity for you to explore multiple areas of study and perhaps discover new talents and career interests.
  • Convenience — The fully online format of this program allows you to complete the general education core for MVNU's bachelor's degree programs from the comfort of your own home.
  • Experienced Faculty — Our high quality curriculum is taught by capable, supportive faculty members who are committed to helping you succeed.

Credit Hours
Introduction to the College Experience 1
Introduction to Business Communication
Computer Applications
Biblical Perspectives
Principles of Biology with Laboratory
Public Speaking 3
Introduction to Communication 3
Impact of Technology on Society 3
Literature in the Western Tradition 3
College Writing 3
Astronomy with Laboratory 4
Personal Finance 3
The Western Tradition in World Context 3
Art in the Western Tradition 3
Introduction to Mathematical Systems 3
Music in the Western Tradition 3
American Politics and Government 3
General Psychology 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Social Problems 3
Total Program Hours 60

For cost/credit hour click here.

Admission Requirements

Although we try to keep our admissions process as straightforward as possible, our knowledgeable staff is always available and happy to help you.

Admission requirements include:

  • Submission of an official high school transcript and/or GED. Students with prior college credit do not have to submit a high school transcript. Instead please submit official transcripts of all previous college or university courses completed to date. (Please note, if you have earned over 56 total credits, you may be eligible to start directly into one of the bachelor degree programs.)

Applicants from countries and U.S. territories in which English is not the primary language must also provide recent evidence of proficiency in English by scoring 70 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL with subscores in writing, reading, speaking, and listening of at least 20; or scoring 525 or above on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with subscores in both writing and reading of at least 50. All tests of English proficiency must have been taken in the last 2 years to be considered for acceptance.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your application.
  2. Request all official transcripts to be sent to MVNU from each college or university you have attended to date.* Please have your transcripts sent to:
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Attn: GPS Admissions
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Official Electronic Transcripts should be sent to

  1. Complete a Registration Agreement form.

*Applicants to the AA program may be conditionally accepted and begin their program before official transcripts have been received; however, official transcripts must be received no later than the last day of the student's second course in order to remain enrolled in the program.

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