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Online Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree

The Liberal Arts Transfer program online leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and the Associate in Science (A.S.).  This program of study is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university.  By completing an  associate degree at Madison College, you will generally satisfy the first two years of general education requirements to transfer into various majors in four-year colleges and universities and obtain an educational foundation in languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and the social sciences.  Apply Now!

Questions & Answers:

  • Q:  When can I start the Online Liberal Arts Transfer program?
  • A:  The Online Liberal Arts program accepts applications in both the Fall and Spring semesters.  Fall applications are open until November 21, 2014 and Spring applications are open until April 6, 2015.

  • Q:  Are there any special requirements for the online Liberal Arts Transfer program?
  • A:  Yes.  You must complete the Orientation to Online and Accelerated Learning prior to being accepted into the online program.  It is vital that you have access to a personal computer and reliable, high-speed Internet connection that meets the technical requirements for Blackboard, the learning management system used in online courses at Madison College. 

  • Q:  Is every course offered at Madison College available in an online format?
  • A:  Yes and no.  While all the required courses and a variety of electives to complete the Liberal Arts Transfer program curriculum are offered in an online format, not all electives offered on-campus are also offered online.  Similarly, the only World Language offered entirely online is Spanish, but other choices are available face-to-face.  Be assured, you can absolutely earn an A.A. or A.s. degree by taking only online courses, but more choices exist by combining online courses with face-to-face courses.

  • Q:  What courses will I take to earn the A.A. or A.S. degree online?
  • A:  The general curriculum for the degree requires you to complete courses in a range of disciplines.  However, not every course offered at Madison College is offered in an online format every semester.  Please consult this page for a list of courses offered in the online format.  You can then use the Degree Planning Tool to select the courses you want to take.

  • Q:  Is there a suggested sequence to complete the courses in?  What do I take first?
  • A:  You may sign up for any course that you have met the pre-requisites to take.  New students are encouraged to complete the English and Math requirements first.  Use the Liberal Arts First Semester Planning Worksheet (PDF, 383KB) to pick your first courses or contact an Advisor in the School of Online and Accelerated Learning.


  • Q:  Do I need to take the COMPASS test?
  • A:  COMPASS test scores are not a requirement for admissions; however, unless you have successfully completed a college-level English or Math course, you will need to take the COMPASS test as some courses require COMPASS scores for enrollment.

  • Q:  If I enroll in an online A.A. or A.S. degree, do I have to take every class online?
  • A:  No.  Students can combine traditional face-to-face courses with online courses.  While you may take all required courses online, many students complete the majority of courses online, but prefer a face-to-face format in certain content areas.

For all other questions regarding the Online Liberal Arts Transfer program, please contact an Advisor in the School of Online and Accelerated Learning.