Program Overview

The Associate of Arts program at Azusa Pacific University is designed to prepare students for entry-level work or future study at the baccalaureate level at either APU or another accredited institution. This program may act as a stepping-stone into various bachelor degree programs at the university. Students should receive a rounded liberal arts education on which they may build future study or success.

Azusa Pacific University is a faith-based institution, so the curriculum of the AA program integrates faith and knowledge in order to prepare students through a Christian worldview. This means giving a foundation for responsible citizenship, historical and cultural literacy and therefore an appreciation of context, and respect for God-honoring diversity. This program may be completed entirely online, the flexibility of which is intended to aid working students with demanding schedules.

In this program, students will attempt to establish habits and skills that aid in both lifelong learning and life in general. To complete the program and earn the Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete a 60-credit curriculum. Of this total, 18 credits go towards the section of skills and university requirements, which prepare students for future classes. This includes topics such as written composition and basic software tools. As this is an arts degree, students must also complete four to six credits in any one foreign language in order to demonstrate proficiency.

Finally, 31 credits go towards Integrative Liberal Arts core requirements and the remaining five to seven credits are applied to general electives chosen by the student. The LA core is divided into sections, each consisting of their own credit totals and course options. Sections include Heritage and Institutions, Literature, and Identity and Relationships, among others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


    Applicants must complete the online application, submit high school transcript(s), and college transcript(s).

    School Overview

    University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”

    Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

    University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.


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