Associate of Science in General Studies

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Advance your educational career on your own schedule with the Associate of Science in General Studies program.

Program Details

The Associate of Science in General Studies program is designed specifically for adult students who have little or no college experience. We know that altering your schedule and commuting to campus can be difficult. Fortunately, you can earn the core general education courses you need to advance toward a bachelor’s degree from the comfort of your home or office.

The General Studies associate degree consists of two sections:

General Education

General Electives

These courses may be taken online, transferred from another institution, or earned through CLEP / DANTES exams.
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The University of Mount Olive is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Mount Olive.

National Recognition

Top 20 Ranking for Exceptional Online Education — One of the top 20 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina by Accredited Schools Online. The organization analyzed data from hundreds of schools nationally with online Bachelor’s degrees. Those on the list offer the most notable balance of academic rigor, student support, and affordability for online learning. To view the list, click here.


30 Best Value Colleges and Universities in North Carolina 2015Ranked one of the top 30 colleges and universities in North Carolina by Best Value Schools. Awarded for striking the best balance of price and performance. To learn more, please click here.


Top 20 in Educate to Career RankingUMO was named 19th in the top 20 ETC ranking. What’s more, UMO was the only private institution in NC to receive such an honor. Click here to learn more.


Potential Career Options

While the Associate of Science in General Studies may serve as a stepping stone to further your education, it can prepare you for career fields that require analytical thinking and strong written and oral communication skills.

These can include:

  • Office Supervisor
  • Sales Representative
  • Customer Service
  • Executive Assistant

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or older (unless approved by the Vice President of Admissions).
  • Possess a valid High School Diploma or GED.
  • Have the ability to obtain official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

In order to sign up for online classes at UMO, you must have regular access to the Internet and email, as well as, be familiar with creating, formatting, and attaching Microsoft Word documents.

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Degree Course Requirements

Degree total credit hours
General education semester-credit hours
General elective semester-credit hours
Maximum transfer credits hours allowed

Program Course Details

General Education: 12 semester-credit hours in Communication

  • Written Communication (6)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Technology/Information Literacy (3)

General Education: 21 semester-credit hours in Cultural Literacy & Global Awareness

  • Fine Arts (3)
  • History (6)
  • Literature (3)
  • Global Understanding (3)
  • Citizenship (3)
  • Religion (3)

General Education: 13 semester-credit hours in Problem Solving & Analytical Skills

  • Biological/Physical Science (7)
  • Social/Behavioral (3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3)

General Elective: 18 semester-credit hours

General electives may be met by any course combination that matches your interest or eligible transfer credit.

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A degree you can afford.

Tuition & fees:

  • $440 per semester-credit hour
  • Active duty military pricing: $214 per semester credit hour
  • No application fee
  • No technology fee
  • $50 confirmation deposit (applied toward tuition) due upon acceptance of the offer of admission

Students in the Online Program at the University of Mount Olive benefit from generous transfer credit policies. See how affordable it can be to earn a degree.

  • $7,920 for students transferring in 46 credits
  • $13,200 for students transferring in 34 credits
  • $28,160 for students transferring in no credits

Tuition Fees Based On Incoming Tuition Credits
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Financial Aid Breakdown of Online Students*

Pell Grants Scholarship
Subsidized Loan
Unsubsidized Loan
North Carolina Need Based Scholarship

*Percentage of total students with valid FAFSA who attended either Fall or Spring semester at least half time and submitted a valid 2015/2016 FAFSA. Eligibility for Unsubsidized Direct Loans is 100% as long as the student has not exhausted their lifetime limits. Numbers in the chart included students who may have declined this fund.

Question: Why is earning an A.S. in General Studies through the University of Mount Olive Online Program a better value?

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Answer: At the University of Mount Olive, class sizes are small, so you receive focused attention. Coursework is asynchronous and may be completed any time of the day or night from wherever you have an Internet connection. More importantly, our generous transfer credit policies allow you to earn your degree quickly and affordably.

Obtain your Associate of Science in General Studies from the University of Mount Olive’s Online Programs. Have questions? Contact one of our online admissions counselors today!

Tim Bruhn

Phone: (919) 263-4089

Amber Turner

Phone: (919) 307-5907