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Associate Degrees

Earn your degree where and when it works for your schedule. Taylor’s online programs 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. View AA in Biblical Studies 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 64 credit hours: 47 general education credits and 17 major credits. View AA in Human Services 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 66 credit hours: 47 general education credits and 19 major credits. View AA in Professional Writing curriculum guide.

Professional Writing Certificate

The certificate in professional writing is a 22 credit hour program that emphasizes learning the different styles of writing. View Professional Writing Certificate curriculum guide.

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, along with a recommendation. Financial aid is not available for this program.

*Course descriptions are available in the course catalog.

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 may 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.

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.


Applications are accepted year round. Students using financial aid can begin in spring, summer, or fall semester.  Start and end dates for each term are found on the Five-Year Calendar.

The process for applying to a Taylor University online degree program requires the submission of the following:

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials are submitted. Students will be notified of acceptance within a week of the office receiving the last portion of the application.


Tuition is $400 per credit hour. The total cost of the program ranges from $25,600 (64 credit hours) to $26,800 (67 credit hours) plus the application fee ($40). There are no other fees. Textbooks are the student’s responsibility to purchase, and are not included in the price of tuition.

Service persons receive a tuition discount at the rate of $250 per credit hour. Learn more.

Scholarships, Grant Awards, & Financial Aid

A merit-based scholarship and church matching grant are available to degree seeking students only. Financial aid is also available. Learn more about scholarships, grants, and financial aid.

Service persons receive a tuition discount at the rate of $250 per credit hour. Learn more.

Degree Policies

Taylor University Online upholds the following policies to ensure students are treated fairly and consistently, and to maintain academic integrity. Download the complete catalog to review all of the policies. The policies listed below are the most notable for degree students.


It is the responsibility of the student to obtain textbooks.


Students who are receiving financial aid cannot purchase extensions for classes taken within the semester.

Academic Calendar

If you are taking classes within the semester, please review the academic calendar for important dates. While not all of the information will apply to you, be aware of the semester dates, the drop/add period, and the last date to withdraw. View the calendar.


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  • BA, Communications, Purdue University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Ball State University
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