Associate of Arts Online

Be equipped through Biblical training to make an eternal impact for Christ.

The Associate of Arts degree allows students to get started on their academic program while still discerning the career path God is calling them to. This option is perfect for students who want to lay a solid biblical foundation before continuing further studies.

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In the Associate of Arts program, you will receive an overview of communication, humanities, science, social science, theology and the Bible. You will also have the option of pursuing one of four emphasis areas:  Business, Communication, Leadership and Ministry or Social Science, or you can design your program by choosing from a broad list of electives to fill out your degree. This is a wonderful time to explore different subjects of interest as you grow in wisdom to serve the Lord in every area of life.

Grace Christian University intends that the information from this page complies with various state, federal, and accreditation requirements. 


Upcoming Start Dates
July 2, 2024
August 6, 2024

24 MONTHS*
60 CREDIT HOURS
5 WEEK COURSES

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You will need the following to gain admission to Grace Christian University:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Completed Application – It is free to apply.

*Taking one five-week, three-credit course at a time on a year-round rotation, students typically complete 9-10 courses per year. The 60-credit A.A. degree can be completed in as little as two years.

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What to Expect

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An Associate of Arts Degree, Grounded in Faith

Transform your future with a powerful step. Your Associate of Arts degree from Grace is more than a piece of paper—it’s a promise of growth, opportunity, and endless potential. Embrace your journey, ignite your passions, and let Grace propel you toward the life you’ve always dreamed of.

2024–25 Tuition Cost

An Affordable Associate of Arts Degree

Other Associate Program Fees

Resource fee (covers all textbooks and other resources required for Grace Online students) – $150 per 3-credit course

Graduation fee – $100

$470

Tuition Cost
per Credit Hour

$250

Tuition Cost
per Credit Hour
for Military Personnel

$1,410

Tuition Cost
per 3-Credit Course

Career Paths

Associate of Arts
Career Paths

Common Careers include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Accountant
  • Admissions Coordinator
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Account Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
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Course Descriptions

Associate of Arts Courses

Every program at Grace is focused on intertwining spiritual and academic growth. The school aims to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth.

The Associate of Arts (60 credit hours) is comprised of:

  • Arts and Sciences Core (24 credits)
  • Bible and Theology Core (12 credits)
  • Approved Electives or A.A. Emphasis* (21 credits)
  • A.A. Capstone (3 credits)

*With the Associate of Arts program students have the option of declaring an Emphasis. Emphases are not required. Here are the emphases that are offered:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Leadership & Ministry
  • Social Science

If students have transfer coursework, they will be able to apply the accepted transfer electives toward their A.A. degree and will supplement (as needed) with lower division electives offered at Grace. Elective courses may be swapped in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor.

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Testimonials

What Our Students Are Saying

Discover the transformative power of a Grace degree through the words of those who’ve walked this path before you. Hear their stories, experiences, and the impact of their journey toward academic and personal growth. Welcome to a community where success knows no bounds.

Renee Y
My time here at Grace has been a blessing, although I have faced challenges along the way. The students, staff, and facility have encouraged me and prayed for me, and I've been able to learn a biblical approach in all my studies. I was reluctant at first to step into obtaining a degree in the online courses; however, after having joined, I'm glad I have because it's helped my relationship with God grow and my understanding of how to apply biblical principles and understandings to what God has called me to do.
Renee Y
Online - Psychology
My time here at Grace has been a blessing, although I have faced challenges along the way. The students, staff, and facility have encouraged me and prayed for me, and I've been able to learn a biblical approach in all my studies. I was reluctant at first to step into obtaining a degree in the online courses; however, after having joined, I'm glad I have because it's helped my relationship with God grow and my understanding of how to apply biblical principles and understandings to what God has called me to do.
Renee Y
Renee Y
Online - Psychology
Kaylyn Y
This has been my first year at Grace Christian University, and I have loved it! I am a transfer student at Grace, and the whole experience has been fantastic! Transferring to Grace was a seamless process. I love the quick-paced classes and the intentionality of the professors and staff. Any time I have questions, I know I can ask them, and they will help me to the best of their ability. The staff is very intentional in reaching out, making sure I am doing okay, and seeing if I have any prayer requests. They also do a phenomenal job of encouraging me on the coursework and encouraging me to finish the course strong!
Kaylyn Y
Human Services Online Undergraduate
This has been my first year at Grace Christian University, and I have loved it! I am a transfer student at Grace, and the whole experience has been fantastic! Transferring to Grace was a seamless process. I love the quick-paced classes and the intentionality of the professors and staff. Any time I have questions, I know I can ask them, and they will help me to the best of their ability. The staff is very intentional in reaching out, making sure I am doing okay, and seeing if I have any prayer requests. They also do a phenomenal job of encouraging me on the coursework and encouraging me to finish the course strong!
Kaylyn Y
Kaylyn Y
Human Services Online Undergraduate
Jarod F
The professors, faculty, and staff members here at Grace Christian University are so knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Their leadership and guidance have been tremendous in my path into the world of psychology. As an online student, they go above and beyond to ensure that I am part of the family.
Jarod F
Online - Psychology
The professors, faculty, and staff members here at Grace Christian University are so knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Their leadership and guidance have been tremendous in my path into the world of psychology. As an online student, they go above and beyond to ensure that I am part of the family.
Jarod F
Jarod F
Online - Psychology
Willie K
After receiving my A.A. degree in Leadership and Ministry from GCU, with prayer, I believe this was the path God wanted me to take. The Criminal Justice program at Grace Christian University has diversified plenty of training and courses that prepare me for my new career path, wanting to be a probation or correctional officer. Thank you, Grace Christian, for having programs that are fit for a student like me.
Willie K
Online - Criminal Justice
After receiving my A.A. degree in Leadership and Ministry from GCU, with prayer, I believe this was the path God wanted me to take. The Criminal Justice program at Grace Christian University has diversified plenty of training and courses that prepare me for my new career path, wanting to be a probation or correctional officer. Thank you, Grace Christian, for having programs that are fit for a student like me.
Willie K
Willie K
Online - Criminal Justice
Alex B
During my time at Grace Christian University, I have experienced many great professors who have pushed me to grow spiritually and in my knowledge of business. The business program has prepared me in all areas of management and has strengthened me to use business as a mission, serving God through business.
Alex B
Business - Online Undergraduate
During my time at Grace Christian University, I have experienced many great professors who have pushed me to grow spiritually and in my knowledge of business. The business program has prepared me in all areas of management and has strengthened me to use business as a mission, serving God through business.
Alex B
Alex B
Business - Online Undergraduate
Jon M
My time in the Criminal Justice course taught me critical information about the procedures and history of United States law enforcement. I am very grateful to my professor, Dr. George Ackerman, for his encouragement and direction in this class. I found Dr. George Ackerman's instructions clear and easily understandable, which I greatly appreciate. The students in my class were very kind but, at the same time, interested in difficult conversations, which was a welcome surprise.  
Jon M
Criminal Justice - Online
My time in the Criminal Justice course taught me critical information about the procedures and history of United States law enforcement. I am very grateful to my professor, Dr. George Ackerman, for his encouragement and direction in this class. I found Dr. George Ackerman's instructions clear and easily understandable, which I greatly appreciate. The students in my class were very kind but, at the same time, interested in difficult conversations, which was a welcome surprise.  
Jon M
Jon M
Criminal Justice - Online
Nancie W
It's never too late to pursue education, and the journey here at Grace has brought newfound purpose and endless opportunities for growth. The professors are encouraging, accommodating, kind, and helpful. Returning to college later in life turned out to be one of the most fulfilling decisions in my life.
Nancie W
Leadership & Ministry Online-Undergraduate
It's never too late to pursue education, and the journey here at Grace has brought newfound purpose and endless opportunities for growth. The professors are encouraging, accommodating, kind, and helpful. Returning to college later in life turned out to be one of the most fulfilling decisions in my life.
Nancie W
Nancie W
Leadership & Ministry Online-Undergraduate
Shamea E
Going back to school after ten years, I was extremely nervous and a little overwhelmed because all my classes are online. However, the faculty at Grace are extremely helpful and supportive in making sure Students can navigate successfully through their first semester. I can honestly say I have grown spiritually and emotionally. My desire is to please God and continue to share the gospel of Jesus.
Shamea E
Leadership & Ministry Online-Undergraduate
Going back to school after ten years, I was extremely nervous and a little overwhelmed because all my classes are online. However, the faculty at Grace are extremely helpful and supportive in making sure Students can navigate successfully through their first semester. I can honestly say I have grown spiritually and emotionally. My desire is to please God and continue to share the gospel of Jesus.
Shamea E
Shamea E
Leadership & Ministry Online-Undergraduate
Jennifer T
The Lord led me to Grace in the fall of 2023. I expected to simply get a biblically based education, but I am getting so much more. My walk with Christ has deepened, I have learned so much about myself, and I have gained lifelong friends on top of a great education that fits perfectly into my hectic schedule.
Jennifer T
Human Services Online Undergraduate
The Lord led me to Grace in the fall of 2023. I expected to simply get a biblically based education, but I am getting so much more. My walk with Christ has deepened, I have learned so much about myself, and I have gained lifelong friends on top of a great education that fits perfectly into my hectic schedule.
Jennifer T
Jennifer T
Human Services Online Undergraduate
Charles V
In the study of psychology and the Bible, the more we understand God and His will, the more we understand ourselves and how we can connect that with the Word of God. Every day, my classes and professors have challenged me to grow stronger in my understanding of God’s Word. I have learned how to apply the Word daily to my life. Through this, I am able to grow in my faith a little more every day.
Charles V
Psychology, Online Undergraduate
In the study of psychology and the Bible, the more we understand God and His will, the more we understand ourselves and how we can connect that with the Word of God. Every day, my classes and professors have challenged me to grow stronger in my understanding of God’s Word. I have learned how to apply the Word daily to my life. Through this, I am able to grow in my faith a little more every day.
Charles V
Charles V
Psychology, Online Undergraduate

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO IS THE ASSOCIATE'S PROGRAM FOR?

Anyone who has a high school diploma or equivalent and is seeking a quality Christian education. We offer tuition discounts for military personnel and payment plans for cash paying students. We also accept Federal Financial Aid.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE PROFESSORS OF THIS PROGRAM?

Your professors have first hand knowledge working in their areas of instruction, along with advanced degrees and higher education experience. They are eager not just to instruct, but to guide you on your faith journey and pray for you throughout your time here. Their desire is to help you succeed and equip you for where God has called you.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM?

Students in the online Associate’s degree Programs will be able to:

  • Attend classes on a flexible schedule that allows for work and family responsibilities
  • Expand career and ministry opportunities with a degree that opens doors
  • Obtain an affordable, high-quality education
  • Gain collaboration skills through working with classmates and professors
  • Achieve an educational goal

WHAT FLEXIBILITY DOES THE ASSOCIATE’S PROGRAM OFFER?

Students can work on one course at a time, at a time of day and week that is convenient for them.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY ONLINE AT GRACE?

Advance your career from the comfort of your own home.

Our online master’s degrees are designed for busy professionals who desire to advance their careers. Through our flexible classes, our professors will encourage and mentor you as you expand your current pursuits.

Experience a caring community.

Connect with professors and students who will come alongside you as you pursue higher education and growth in Christ. At Grace, we’re passionate about equipping and supporting you to serve the Lord and others in all that God has called you to do.

Strengthen your biblical foundation.

At Grace Christian University, the Word of God is taught, valued, and celebrated. Deepen your knowledge of God’s Word as you receive an education grounded in objective Biblical truth.

The Grace Experience.

As closely as possible, the Graduate Studies program will reproduce the experience of undergraduate students (On Campus and Online) in an authentic Grace Christian University experience, expressing the ethos, core values, and historic mission of the University. This includes the University’s commitment to being a Bible-centered institution, committed to our historic Grace theological position, which values transformative relationships and service to church and society.

WHERE CAN I VIEW THE ACADEMIC CATALOG?

View or download the Online Undergraduate Academic Catalohere.

WHERE CAN I VIEW THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR?

You can view the Academic Calendar here.

WHAT SETS OUR ASSOCIATE'S PROGRAMS APART?

Our Enrollment Advisors are there for you.

One-on-one coaching through the admissions process and the first class with your assigned Enrollment Advisor. Your advisor will want to know:

  • Your passion
  • Your path and goals
  • Life circumstances that could help or hinder your success
  • How can they pray for and with you

Your advisor will take this information seriously and provide tailored care as you get started with your degree.

We Prioritize You

Your goals and giftings are prioritized so they drive your success; this is opposed to a one-size fits all mentality & communication.

We take care of all class registration and your personalized education plan is created when you begin your program, so you are able to see all courses required until your graduate date.

One Class at a Time

No required log-in time (you log in throughout the week when it works best for your schedule!)

Students finish their online degrees in the same period as if they were attending an on-campus program.

Our Professors Care

Staff and faculty care about each student’s eternal impact, which influences the care and resources we provide. Professors care and are easily accessible.

Low professor-to-student ratio:

  • Online Undergraduate – 9.3 students per course section
  • Online Graduate – 7 students per course section
The Bible is Central

All classes are taught from a biblical foundation, regardless of subject, with weekly devotions.

Low Cost Quality Education

Low tuition for a private Christian education.

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