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Explore your career interests in nova's general Studies Program

Save money on tuition while you explore your interests and passions for your future degree and career path through NOVA's general studies program.


Associate Degree in General Studies

Parallel the first two years of a bachelor's degree program with the flexible NOVA Associate of Science (AS) in General Studies degree program. If you don't plan to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree, you can structure your program to suit your goals.

Two Years
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
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Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS)

Build a solid foundation in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and NOVA general education core competency areas in NOVA's Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS) program. Essentially the first year of an associate of science degree, this certificate is awarded to students in A.A. and A.S. degree programs who complete requirements.

One Year
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
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Why General Studies at NOVA?

Supportive General Studies Faculty

You'll learn from NOVA faculty with relevant experience and expertise in a range of fields and in teaching. They are passionate and caring educators who will help you prepare for your future.

Broad Generals Studies Courses

You'll take a range of courses in NOVA's general studies program that will help you develop skills such as communication, critical thinking, and problem solving - skills valued in any career field.

Affordable General Studies Programs

You'll save money on tuition and fees by completing your first two years of college at NOVA. You may qualify for NOVA scholarships to offset the cost of your general studies degree or certificate.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree and certificate in general studies.

General Studies Program Career Outcomes

NOVA's general studies program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue your bachelor's degree in your chosen field of study.

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Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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