Letters Arts and Sciences student

Associate in Arts in
Multidisciplinary Studies

Program Summary

Improve your writing and communication skills to help prepare yourself to succeed in your career. Credits earned in this online liberal arts associate degree program may be applied toward a more advanced degree.
How To Apply
Apply by March 15 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

60 Credits $620/$664 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Broaden Your Career Opportunities with an Online Liberal Arts Associate Degree

Build a solid foundation for a future career. Increase your writing and speaking skills by taking courses in the arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and quantification. The course work can help you prepare for a future career, or you can transfer the credits you’ve earned in the program toward a more advanced degree such as:

Why a Multidisciplinary Studies Degree Online at Penn State?

Customize your degree — The Associate in Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies at Penn State is a student-designed major that allows you to use elective courses to enhance your learning experience in business, history, or math.

Immediate results — While earning your associate degree online, you can add credentials to your résumé by acquiring a professional certificate. For example, both the Undergraduate Certificate in Organizational Communication and the Undergraduate Certificate in Labor and Human Resources include many of the courses required for the Associate in Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies. You can gain credits toward the associate degree while also achieving these notable milestones along the way.

The Penn State Difference — In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

Who Should Apply?

Create opportunity — If you are interested in exploring new job opportunities or if you want to prepare for entry-level positions, a career change, or career advancement without having to set foot in a classroom, the Associate in Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies could be for you. With the broad base of knowledge, communication, and critical thinking skills you can acquire in this program, you can immediately apply what you’ve learned in your present job — and add an important credential to your résumé.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

A multidisciplinary studies degree can give you the ability to work in a broad range of positions, including:

  • retail or sales manager
  • purchasing agent
  • social and human service assistant
  • human resources assistant
  • administrative support specialist
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