Associate of Occupational Studies
The Associate of Occupational Studies program is a postsecondary professional degree intended for persons who hold a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, but who have not completed a baccalaureate degree. This program requires sixty semester hours of academic credit for graduation.
The educational and career goals of the AOS program include training students for effective ministry as religious instructors, pastors, church staff members, and ministerial workers in the New York area and across the Northeast.
The AOS program is designed to provide quality ministry training for students who will pursue no further studies beyond it and be transferable into an accredited Bachelors program if the student chooses. It will also offer college level ministry training to students with GED or high school diplomas.
All applicants to the AOS program must have graduated from high school or received a GED (Graduate Equivalence Diploma). Students who have graduated from college with a baccalaureate degree will not be admitted to the Associate of Occupational Studies program.
Exceptions to these published requirements must be approved by the faculty upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee. In such cases, students will be granted conditional admission. During this period, the student is subject to the same limitations as students under academic probation, described under “Disciplinary Regulations” in the Catalog. Conditional admission will be removed after a student completes 16 semester hours at the Seminary and keeps a grade point average of at least “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
In order to qualify for graduation from the Northeast Branch, each student in the Associate of Occupational Studies program must satisfy the “General Requirements for Graduation” as set forth in the Catalog. In addition, each student in the program must complete the sixty semester hours of courses specified in the course listing, including fifty-seven semester hours of required core courses and three semester hours of electives.
Each student in the Associate of Occupational Studies program is required to complete a minimum of twenty-one semester hours of general education courses, with at least one course in each of three areas: the humanities or fine arts, the social or behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences or mathematics. The general education courses may be transferred from another postsecondary institution, or they may be completed within the required course structure of the Associate of Occupational Studies.