Associate Degrees

Online Associate Degrees

The mission of Taylor's online programs is to provide a Christ-centered education in a format that works within your schedule. These degree offerings are marked by flexibility and academic excellence:

Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies

This degree provides a solid understanding of theology through Bible survey courses and an emphasis on hermeneutics. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to serve a church. The online biblical studies degree consists of 65 credit hours: 44 general education credits and 21 major credits. Download the curriculum guide.

Associate of Arts in Human Services

This degree blends the disciplines of social work and psychology. Upon completion, students can seamlessly transition to campus to complete a BA/BS in social work in two additional years. The requirements for the online human services degree consist of 65 credit hours: 47 general education credits and 18 major credits. Download the curriculum guide.

Associate of Arts in Professional Writing

Learning the different styles of publishable genres through courses in article writing, freelance writing, journalism, and scriptwriting is emphasized in order to train the student to deliver quality content in various forms. This online writing degree consists of 67 credit hours: 47 general education credits and 20 major credits. Download the curriculum guide.

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Professional Writing Certificate

The certificate in professional writing is a 24 credit hour program that emphasizes learning the different styles of writing.

Course Requirements
ENG110 Expository Writing (3 credits)
Literature: ENG240 American Literature (3 credits) or ENG250 British Literature (3 credits)
PWR313 Article Writing I (2 credits)
PWR314 Article Writing II (2 credits)
PWR320 Writing for Business (4 credits)
PWR323 Non-Fiction & Scriptwriting (3 credits)
PWR327 Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 credits)
PWR472 Freelance Writing (4 credits)

Course descriptions are available in the course catalog.

Note: Students may transfer up to 8 credit hours toward the certificate.

To start the admissions process, please submit the certificate program application. Official high school and college (if applicable) transcripts are also required.


Program Structure
The structure of the programs is unique. Classes are either taken in 15-week semesters or 4 month terms, depending on financing. Per federal regulations, students who use financial aid take semester-based classes. Otherwise, you have the option of taking classes within a 4 month term, in which you determine the start date of your classes. Note: Financial aid is not available for students pursuing the professional writing certificate.

Most students attend part-time, taking two or three classes at a time. Classes are completed online and have weekly assignment due dates, but no meeting times. The faculty members are professionals in their fields, and share a Christian worldview. They purposefully incorporate faith in their classes. 90% of students report feeling cared about by the professors even though they are separated by distance, according to a recent survey.

Course Format
Classes are taught in an independent study format in which students work one-on-one with the professor. You can work on a class any time of the day, and never have to be online at a specific time. Taylor utilizes Blackboard, a password protected interactive website, as the platform to deliver courses.