AA (Associate of Arts) in Liberal Arts

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Give yourself a powerful career boost by building a strong foundation in the liberal arts.

Why Earn Your Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts?

Are you planning to earn a bachelor’s degree down the road but want to jump-start your professional growth right away? Adelphi’s AA in Liberal Arts is a fast, accessible and affordable pathway to success. This program will provide you with a well-rounded education in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences as you sharpen your writing, thinking, research and communication skills.

Many students in the AA program take advantage of fast-track admission to a bachelor’s degree through Adelphi’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS) or other colleges and schools at Adelphi in areas ranging from business to health sciences, social sciences, social work and criminal justice.

Why Earn An AA in Liberal Arts At Adelphi?

  • Study while balancing work, family and other obligations with convenient, flexible course schedules—with both online and on-campus options. Busy adult learners also have access to a wide range of academic support services and a dedicated team of advisers.
  • Plan the fastest route to graduation by earning credit for prior college-level experiences (including CLEP exams and credits for life experience) on your résumé. Many traditional associate’s degrees do not offer this important benefit, which reflects Adelphi’s commitment to valuing the unique skills and background every returning student brings to the table. A student who successfully applies for the maximum 34 life experience credits can complete this degree program in just two semesters.
  • Enjoy personalized attention in small classes from faculty who are recognized for their outstanding teaching and scholarship as well as their real-world industry experience.
92%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our baccalaureate graduates say that Adelphi University increased their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

“Through engaged conversations, I feel privileged to come to know the students in CPCS. The CPCS students bring much depth to the subject matter as they discuss their travels, service, professional careers and family interactions. These narratives and rich discussions are of utmost importance as we interact and communicate across multiple platforms.”

Josefa Pace ’05, PhD, Senior Adjunct Faculty, Writing

Exceptional Hands-On Learning (optional)

Students in the program benefit from small classes, personalized attention from faculty and access to Adelphi’s labs and learning studios. The program culminates in a capstone experience that provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to employers by engaging in real-world problem-solving.

Program Info

Application Requirements

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies was founded to serve the nontraditional and adult student, and its admission policy reflects a commitment to enrolling students who may not have had the opportunity to complete their degree in a traditional undergraduate program. Although past academic records are required and reviewed, more focus is placed on a student’s present motivation to earn a degree than on previous academic performance. An SAT score is not required.

The Office of University Admissions makes every effort to notify candidates of their admission decision approximately three weeks after a completed application is received.

Transfer and Life Experience Credits

Want to learn more about how your prior credits and life experiences can count toward your degree, or create a customized plan for finishing your degree that meets your unique needs?

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