The Associate of General Studies (AGS) program is designed to fit your needs. This customizable degree empowers you to take courses tailored to your specific goals and interests—whether your goal is to transfer or join the workforce. Students graduate with essential, transferable skills in critical thinking, information literacy, and communication that can be used in both the classroom and the boardroom.
You’ll get to choose from a variety of courses in:
Mathematics and reasoning
Life sciences, chemistry, and physics
History and sociology
Music and arts
Professional and transfer electives (explore courses from other Ivy Tech programs such as psychology, education, fine arts, business, technology, and health care)
The AGS was designed to meet you where you are in your academic or professional journey.
Maybe you’re hoping for a promotion and looking to earn an associate degree to help get you there. Perhaps, you’re looking to transfer to a four-year college or university and want a customizable associate degree that can maximize your success down the road. Or, you could be joining the workforce and want to increase your chances of landing a great first role. Wherever you are in your journey, the AGS could help you reach your destination. The degree establishes a solid foundation for future educational and career pathways.
As a General Studies student, you’ll have the opportunity to earn additional certifications from various areas based on your selected 22 elective credits. Reach out to an academic advisor to review your goals and create a custom degree plan.
Associate Degree – Transferable or Career-Ready
The Associate of General Studies provides a well-rounded curriculum across subjects. You may think of the courses as "Gen Ed" classes, a term that may sound familiar. While you can take your general learnings from this degree into the workforce, the most common use for the AGS is to transfer into a bachelor's program.
The Associate of General Studies degree program is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. You can save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring!
Our General Studies program currently has partnerships with fourteen schools so you can seamlessly transfer without losing your credits or time:
Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your associate degree at Ivy Tech. You are also encouraged to contact the university to which you plan to transfer. Note that admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in the General Studies program. You will need to be admitted to the institution you intend to transfer to.
Our General Studies program provides students with a strong foundation for careers in entrepreneurship, information technology, business, logistics, public health, and other fields.
Our Associate of General Studies degree can provide graduates with a competitive advantage in the job market and help them advance to higher-paying positions.
Speak with your local Ivy+ Career Link team to learn more about Ivy Tech's employer connections and tips for the job interviewing process.
Time to Complete
An Associate of General Studies degree can be achieved in four semesters, or about two years.
AGS graduates must complete a total of 60 credit hours:
A completion guide provides the recommended path to graduation, broken out by eight-week terms. For students taking fewer classes at a time, the courses are numbered to show the overall number that will be taken.
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