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Associate in Arts Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Associate in Arts program is designed to meet the two-year general college requirements of four-year colleges and universities. This broad-based curriculum of the allows you to transfer with junior-level status in almost any field, ranging from traditional academic areas such as economics, education, psychology and English, to pre-professional areas including medicine, law, criminal justice and pharmacy. The Associate in Arts program is also for students who prefer a broad education without predetermined transfer plans.

Looking to fast-track your transfer to a four-year university for a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce sooner? Consider a fast-track degree program! The Associate in Arts fast-track degree can be completed entirely online and started at the beginning of any semester.

COA’s Fast Track program is designed to condense the time required to complete an associate degree compared to a traditional program. This program often involves intensive coursework, allowing students to earn their degrees more quickly. Students in this program often need to handle a heavier workload and may find themselves immersed in coursework throughout the year.

Fast Track Associate Degree programs offer several advantages:

    • Earn your Associate’s degree in just 17 months or less
    • Save thousands by completing two years at COA versus a four-year institution
    • Enter the workforce faster
    • Have the option to transfer to a four-year college or university faster*

*Students who intend to transfer are encouraged to work with the intended four-year college or university and consult with the published CAA Baccalaureate Degree Plans. Courses should be chosen based upon requirements for the student’s intended major at the receiving four-year institution.

**Note there are limited course offerings in the Winter Intersession and students on financial aid must register for Winter Intersession when they register for their fall semester classes.

Transferring to a Four-Year College or University

COA has a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement CAA (PDF) with certain universities for students in specific programs of study, allowing you to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at COA.

Be sure to check the minimum transfer admissions requirements for the programs you’re interested in. Most University of North Carolina (UNC) system universities require at least 30 credit hours, and that transfer students meet the specific admission requirements for their major.

Visit our college transfer page for more information and links to four-year college transfer admissions websites.

Transfer Agreements


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Curriculum Guide

Associate in Arts Curriculum Guide (PDF)