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 has flourished at both campuses and at offsite degree locations in northern New Jersey for many years, was recently converted to a fully online format. Because FDU relies on completely asynchronous (any time, any place) online learning 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 10-12 week terms, beginning in September, January, April, and June. For students who wish to continue their studies, the associate’s degree can roll directly into the online Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (BAIS)


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 three of the following areas must be represented:

 • Cultural Arts or Film
 • Fine Arts 
 • 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 1006 The Global Challenge 
 • CORE 2007 Perspectives on the Individual

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 specialization in business or public service administration. Certain courses may be important in the development of an upper-division major.