Build a Strong Academic Foundation
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 773,800 business careers will be created in the United States between 2016 and 2026. Such rapid growth will expand this field by 10 percent, making business careers widely available to new college graduates. And while Malone University offers a variety of online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, the online Associate of Arts in General Studies degree can help you meet the requirements to achieve your educational goals and prepare for success as a professional.
Whether you’re returning to college to finish a degree you previously started, or are beginning a degree for the first time, the online Associate of Arts in General Studies program serves as the first stepping stone to earning a bachelor’s degree. Through an accelerated curriculum, courses featuring various collegiate topics, a dedicated faculty of expert professors, and a community founded on Christian principles, you’ll build a strong academic foundation that will support a variety of business careers. Once you complete the program, you’ll have 60 credits that can be applied to a bachelor’s degree.
Key topics covered in our online general studies program include:
- Writing and researching
- Christian theology and philosophy
- Public speaking
- Literary and visual fine arts
- Global culture
- Quantitative literacy
In addition to quality academics, this program’s curriculum also focuses heavily on faith-strengthening opportunities. Using a Christian worldview, you’ll learn how to apply your faith to your career and prioritize morality in the professional world.
Created with working individuals in mind, this program is offered fully online and provides you with the flexibility to learn when and where it’s most convenient. Accomplish your education goals as you explore an interactive curriculum and engage with experienced educators who are dedicated to your success.
Courses and Requirements
Your curriculum. Your career.
The online Associate of Arts in General Studies degree is intended to provide students with the educational background necessary to succeed in a bachelor’s degree program. Featuring a diverse curriculum heavily focused on Christian values, students build solid academic foundations as they meet the requirements to continue their education with an advanced degree. The full 60 credit hours required for this degree can be transferred in to a bachelor’s degree.
Foundations of Faith and Learning
Bible – BIBL
Theology – THEO
Philosophy – PHIL
Writing – ENG
Quantitative Literacy – MATH/PSYC*
Oral Communication – COMM
*Advanced substitution MATH/PSYC140 with BUS/MGMT 240 Statistics for Business
Engaging the Created Order
Natural Science – BIOL
Engaging the Human Experience
Understanding Persons in Society – ECON, PSYC, SOC
Literature – ENG
Fine Arts – ART, ENG
Engaging in Cultures and Institutions
World History – HIST
American Cultures & Institution – BUS, COMM, POL
Global Encounters – ENG/COMM, ENG, MUS, POL
Portfolio – GEN 240
A.A. General Studies Admissions
Candidates for Malone’s online A.A. in General Studies program must submit the following:
- Complete application
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended*
- If a student has less than 30 credit hours of college or university coursework, or a cumulative GPA that is lower than 2.0, a high school transcript may be required.**
*Only students who are transferring into the program must submit official transcripts.
**A letter stating performance issues may also be required.
Costs and Financial Aid
Program Cost & Fees
The A.A. in General Studies costs $500 per credit hour.
Fees are as follows:
- Graduation Fee $85
- Additional $100 per semester fee applies
There are various financial aid options available for our online students. To determine financial aid eligibility, complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The FAFSA form helps us determine what federal and state financial aid is available based on your financial need.
Our school code is 003072.
Students will also need to complete the Malone Financial Aid application once they have submitted their admissions application.
Malone proudly welcomes those who serve our country. We are a proud Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) consortium. Learn more below how your military experience can help you earn your degree.
Why Choose Malone?
Malone Online is a Christ-centered university that is recognized for its academic excellence, extraordinary leadership, career-oriented programs, and holistic approach to education.
Among its many accolades, Malone has been listed among the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Values and Best Colleges for Veterans for 2018.
Malone provides an intentional focus on promoting an education based on faith and its integration with intellectual, spiritual, and social growth.
Students work with renowned faculty, caring staff, and can take advantage of unique support programs after graduation.
Benefits of Learning Online
Pursuing an online degree means choosing to elevate your career. Online degree programs offer:
Online learning makes it possible to earn a degree while maintaining a balance of work and life responsibilities.
Spend more time with instructional materials, and adjust your learning schedule according to your needs.
Equal Access to Faculty
Students who earn their degrees online study with the same excellent professors as their on-campus peers.
Online programs allow students to remain at work, and do not incur the additional costs associated with earning a degree on campus.
Learn with like-minded individuals in a digital space that’s every bit as welcoming as an on-campus classroom.
Because students are afforded so much independence with an online degree, they graduate with the skills they need to excel in their careers.
Graduates emerge from online programs with a greater understanding of their own fortitude and excellence.