General Studies: A.A., A.S.

Our Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) in General Studies is a 64-credit program that is designed to allow students with a variety of college credits and life experiences without a completed degree to quickly complete an associate degree and move into a bachelor’s degree program at the university.  This is accomplished by maximizing transferrable credit and prior learning assessment, not requiring an area of concentration, and requires a minimum of 12 credits taken at Empire State University.

The broad approach of the program makes it possible for students to explore their academic interests without having to define a disciplinary focus, while laying a foundation for the next step in their educational path.  

For more information about general undergraduate degree requirements, please visit Earning an Undergraduate Degree.

Program Details

This program allows for a maximum of 52 transfer and life experience credits with a minimum of 12 credits earned at Empire State University for a total of 64 credits. 

Of these 64 credits, a minimum of 30 must meet SUNY General Education requirements. 

Transfer/Prior Learning Credits: May use up to52
Minimum Residency Requirements:
Required Course #1: Elective or Gen Ed4
Required Course #2: Elective or Gen Ed4
Required Course #3: Elective or Gen Ed4
Total Credits64

Specific credit requirements for the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science are specified below.

Keep in mind that General Education and credits designated as Liberal may come from a combination of transfer credits, prior learning credits, and/or courses taken at Empire State University.

Degree Total Credits Required Minimum Credits to be Earned at SUNY Empire Minimum Liberal Arts and Sciences Credits Required Minimum General Education Credits Minimum Advanced-level Credit in Concentration Minimum Advanced-level Credits in Degree Program
A.A. in General Studies 64 12 48 30 NA NA
A.S. in General Studies 64 12 32 30 NA NA

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to fulfill all of the SUNY general education requirements in at least seven content areas, with a minimum of 30 credits.
  • Students will be able to examine potential college-level learning completed outside of a traditional college setting which may be included.
  • Students will have completed the requisite number of liberal credits (48 credits for the A.A. or 32 credits for the A.S.).