Online Associate of Arts Degree
The Online Associate of Arts (OAA) degree is a flexible two-year degree designed for students who want to begin their studies at Tri-C and plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting college or university for completion of a four-year degree. Students should meet with an academic counselor to plan a course of study that will meet their transfer requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you dream of earning a four-year degree in the social sciences or humanities? You can begin that journey at Tri-C® by earning an Associate of Arts — a flexible two-year degree designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. Common majors for AA transfers include:
- Communication studies
- Foreign languages
- Political science
- Religious studies
- Urban studies
- Women’s studies
Meet with an academic counselor to plan a course of study that will satisfy your transfer requirements.
The OAA offers the same quality programming as the traditional AA, with several added benefits:
- The flexibility of online courses — study when and where it fits into your schedule.
- Dedicated support from a program specialist to help you navigate College processes.
- Priority registration.
For acceptance into the Online Associate of Arts program, you must complete a Tri-C application, be accepted as a student, and be determined eligible for college-level math and English in one of the following ways:
- Submit SAT or ACT scores. (Preferred)
- Take Tri-C placement tests through the Testing Center.
- Complete developmental education courses.
If you are a continuing or returning Tri-C student who meets these criteria and would like to apply, email your S-Number to email@example.com. You will receive a response regarding the status of your application once your file undergoes review.
To indicate your interest, select “Associate of Arts” as your desired major on the Tri-C application. Once your application is processed, you will receive an email notification and an acceptance letter via U.S. Mail with your Tri-C student ID number. You will also receive an email asking if you are interested in the Online Associate of Arts. Click the “Yes, I’m Interested” button in the email and follow the instructions.
Please select the campus that is closest to your current location as your campus of choice.
If you graduated from a high school outside of Ohio, type “Out of State/Foreign” in the High School field.
Yes, but not until you complete your developmental education course(s).
Yes, current and returning students seeking an Associate of Arts degree are eligible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your S-Number if you are interested in switching to the online program.
The Natural and Physical Sciences lab is the only AA degree requirement that cannot be completed online under normal circumstances due to lack of approval from the Ohio Department of Education. However, an exception was recently put in place to maintain social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes. Although OAA students must complete at least 90% of their coursework online, you may choose to take the remaining 10% in person.
Tri-C Testing Centers are currently offering online testing due to COVID-19. Upon return to pre-pandemic conditions, alternative testing options will remain available for students residing outside of Northeast Ohio. Testing Centers will assist these students in identifying approved testing locations in their local area. Students themselves will be responsible for any costs associated with testing at an external site. Contact a campus Testing Center for more information.
A full list of technology requirements for online learning is available on the Online Learning and Technology website. Please ensure the equipment you plan to use for your coursework meets these requirements.
The cost is based on Tri-C’s Tuition and Fee Schedule. Out-of-county and out-of-state tuition surcharges apply.
Tri-C’s Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office is dedicated to helping students navigate financial aid options for their college expenses. Speak with a Student Financial Aid advisor to obtain information about financial aid options including grants, scholarships, student loans and public benefits.
No. The online AA appears identical to the traditional AA on our transcripts.
Beginning in Fall 2020, Tri-C will offer a range of modality options for students:
- Online with no set meeting times (DWB)
Fully online; does not require live participation at specific times.
- Online with web meeting times (DWS)
Fully online; requires participation in live classes on specific days at specific times (see course schedule).
- Online with some on-campus meetings (DWH)
Mainly online; some on-campus meetings required to use specialized labs or equipment. Students must wear face
coverings and practice safe distancing when visiting campus.
- On-campus with set meeting times (MEET)
Classes meet on campus; no online component. Days/times listed on course schedule. Students must wear face
coverings and practice safe distancing when visiting campus.
OAA students should register for DWB or DWS courses, as they take place fully online. If you prefer the flexibility to study when it fits your schedule, select DWB sections. If you like interacting with your instructor and classmates during set meeting times, select DWS sections.
It depends on the number of credits you take each semester. The OAA degree requires 60 credits to complete. Tri-C considers 12 credits or more per semester full-time enrollment; anything less is part time. We recommend working with a counselor to develop an academic plan that fits your schedule.
- Full-time enrollment
To complete your degree in two years, you must earn 30 credits per academic year (fall, spring, summer*). You can break them up however you like, as long as you register for at least 12 credits each fall and spring. *If you do not to register for summer sessions, it may take longer than two years to complete your degree.
- Part-time enrollment
Time to completion can vary greatly among part-time students, depending on the number of credits earned each semester. To complete your degree in four years, you must earn 15 credits per academic year (fall, spring, summer)
The OAA degree includes a set of general education courses that are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution of higher education in Ohio. These courses are part of the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM). Visit Tri-C’s Transfer Resources page to learn more about the OTM and other specific transfer opportunities. We also recommend working with a counselor to develop an academic plan based on your intended area of study.