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Online Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s 100% online General Studies courses are designed for adult learners who want to complete their college degree but do not have a sufficient number of credits to enroll in an undergraduate degree-completion program or have enough total credits to graduate.

By combining our online General Studies courses with the subjects in your chosen undergraduate program, it is possible to obtain your degree in a very timely and convenient way. By working one-on-one with an academic advisor, you'll be able to create a graduation plan that's specifically designed to meet your individual academic needs.

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MVNU Online's General Education Requirements

MVNU’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS) blends a flexible, often online format with a quality, liberal arts–based education that challenges students to strive toward their personal and professional best. The MVNU Online curriculum, beginning with the online General Studies courses, encourages all candidates to improve their critical-thinking, communication, and research skills and weaves our ethical standards and Christian worldview in between.


Associate’s Degree Highlights

MVNU Online creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment, whether on campus or online, and bases course subject matters on relevant, professional experience that prepares you for today’s marketplace. Our online General Studies courses establish a foundation for whichever degree program you pursue, be it in education, social work, business, or ministry, and introduce essential skills and concepts that set you up for success at MVNU.

  • Arts and Humanities (15 Credit Hours): All students must complete three (3) credit hours of English composition with a research and writing component and three (3) credit hours in Bible studies and theology.
  • Natural and Social Sciences and Mathematics (15 Credits): Students must complete at least three (3) credits of mathematics, three (3) credits in social science, and three (3) credits in a natural science course with a laboratory component.
  • Liberal Arts Electives (9 Credits for Bachelor’s Degrees/6 Credits for Associate Degrees): Students have the freedom to explore a range of liberal arts courses, selecting subjects that pique their interest.

Our online General Studies courses are offered year-round on a rotating basis.

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Tuition & Cost

$265 per credit hour

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Program Length

30 months*

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Total Credit Hours



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Curriculum stats/highlights

Students in the online General Studies degree program are encouraged to develop as a well-rounded student and person through a comprehensive curriculum that integrates a variety of cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills. This curriculum includes the following 60 credit hours:

Ideal for working adults, our General Studies’ online delivery provides convenience, promotes flexibility, increases a candidate's personal marketability, and opens doors to job opportunities.

Our online General Studies courses are fully accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Higher Learning Commission and are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

All online general education courses are facilitated by supportive, expert faculty with relevant teaching experience.


Core Courses
Credit Hours
Student Success Strategies 1
Public Speaking 3
Computer Applications 3
College Writing 3
General Psychology 3
Critical Thinking 3
Art and Music in the Western Tradition 3
Biblical Perspectives 3
Literature in the Western Tradition 3
Earth Science w/Lab 4
Introduction to Business 3
Communication 3
The Western Tradition in World Context 3
Impact of Technology on Society 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Introduction to Mathematical Systems 3
Health and Wellness 3
Personal Finance 3
American Politics and Government 3
Social Problems 3
Human Biology 4
Total Program Hours 60

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Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience. 

Mr. Scott Campbell

Vice President for Finance/CFO

Dr. Eric Stetler

Vice President for SGPS, Dean of the School of SGPS, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Professor John Ballenger

Assistant Professor of English

How much will it all cost?

The costs shown below do not include the general education requirements and other courses outside of the AAGS core and major.

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