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Associate of Arts in General Studies

May 15, 2023

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WVU Potomac State College’s online Associate of Arts in General Studies allows you to achieve the goal of earning a degree, whether that degree alone allows you to advance professionally or is a milestone on the way to a bachelor’s and possibly a master’s degree. While pursuing this degree you will acquire in-demand skills in writing, critical thinking and communication. You can tailor the elective courses within the degree to match your personal and professional interests. Now, more than ever, employers are looking to distinguish between job applicants. An associate’s degree in General Studies will give you the foundation for many career paths and can speed up your professional advancement in many fields.

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Learning Formats

Online Asynchronous

Start Date

May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

WVU Potomac State College

Degree Awarded: Associate of Arts in General Studies

Program Details

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The online Associate of Arts in General Studies degree offered by Potomac State College of WVU is an affordable pathway to your first 60 credits – or all your general education (GEF) requirements – and it can lead to any career you want.

The degree encourages you to explore, discover and develop your special aptitudes and interests and to reach beyond your own perceived limitations.

You will acquire the knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamworkand social skills needed to support your immediate educational goals and life-long learning and are ever important in a world characterized by quick change and ever-evolving technology and ideas. These are valuable skills for professional advancement whether you are already in the workplace, or if you are just starting your educational journey.

You may also choose to obtain the Associate of Arts in General Studies to help you advance professionally in your career. You can use it as a starting point before you declare another major or move into a four-year program after completing the two-year degree.

The Associate of Arts degree is specifically designed for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at WVU, but the undergraduate course work could also transfer to degree programs at other four-year institutions.

The degree can be the foundation for a four-year degree in a specific major or for the WVU Multidisciplinary Studies degree, which enables students to earn a bachelor’s degree by following an individualized course of study based on their own academic interests and goals.

Students in the Associate of Arts degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required and elective courses. You may use credits earned at other institutions and the 12 hours of electives can also be used toward a minor of your choice.

More information on the recommended sequence of courses may be found in the Advisement Sheet.

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Admission Requirements

Potomac State has a rolling admissions policy, which means that you should receive our decision within a few weeks after we receive your application and required materials. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. Students can be admitted in the fall, spring or summer terms.


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Application Requirements

To apply to Potomac State College as a first-time freshman, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete all the information on the undergraduate application. There is no application fee.
  2. Send official transcripts of your previous high school work to Potomac State College. Also send official transcripts of any college work you have completed.
    Send transcripts to:
    Office of Enrollment Services
    WVU Potomac State College
    75 Arnold Street
    Keyser, WV 26726
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    For questions, please contact us at:
    (304) 788-6820
    Toll Free: 1-800-262-7332
  3. ACT and SAT scores are used to determine scholarship awards and for placement in math and/or English classes. Although they are not required, if you have taken the ACT and/or SAT, you are encouraged to send the scores to Potomac State College. SAT school code: 5539; ACT school code: 4529; TOEFL code: 5539. Note: If you do not submit these scores, you may be required to take a math and/or English placement test.
Students Who Have Taken the TASC, GED or HiSET

For students who have taken the TASC, GED or HiSET after their anticipated high school graduation date, please submit the WVU Potomac State College application for admission and contact the State Department of Education to request that scores be mailed to the Office of Enrollment Services. Score requirements:

  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) - score of 500 on each of the five subtest categories
  • General Equivalency Degree (GED) - average standard score of 2250 (450) or above
  • HiSET exam - minimum score of 45

Scholarship Eligibility

To learn more about scholarship availability and eligibility requirements, visit Scholarships.

More information on the recommended sequence of courses may be found in the Advisement Sheet.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Associate of Arts in General Studies requires 60 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $235.

Total Degree Cost

$14,100 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $235
3 $705
6 $1,410
9 $2,115

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

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