An Associates degree can expand your career and educational options. It can also accelerate your four-year process if you’re looking to get a bachelor’s degree: Many of the credits you’ll earn while gaining a two-year degree can be transferred and applied to your four-year requirements.
Featured Online degrees and program areas
Don’t wait for your dreams to come true. Make them happen! Whether you do it part-time or full-time, you can get your degree on your time. With over 40 start dates, you can start learning as soon as next Monday!
Transfer to a four-year degree
A Community of Students
Get a head start on your major! The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are designed for maximum transferability to the university of your choice. A strong choice for students interested in pursuing majors and careers in the Liberal Arts or Sciences.
A community of number-crunchers
Learn the basic skills and training you’ll need to succeed in the accounting field. You’ll learn how to prepare financial statements, record business transactions, and track financial performance. This program will prepare you for entry-level jobs in the field of accounting.
Addictions & Substance Use Disorders (ASD)
A community of counselors
Learn how to be a force for healing and health in your community by joining our nationally respected ASD program. Designed by experts in the field, this program can help prepare you for a career in ASD counseling.
Associate in Applied Science (61-64 credit hours)
Certificate of Completion (18-21 credit hours)
Administration of Justice
A community of peacekeepers
Completing an online Administration of Justice degree or certificate program will get you ready to join a dynamic field where you can make a difference. Learn about the structure of the U.S. judicial system, the history of law enforcement, Constitutional rights, and how communities can make their neighborhoods safer.
Associate in Arts
A community of creators
Expand your creative horizons or get a head start on your bachelor’s degree with our Associate in Arts program. This program provides general and degree-specific studies that can help you meet your liberal arts requirements for a four-year degree at a university.
Associate in Science
A community of exploratory thinkers
Interested in medicine or entering a science-related field? Gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to transfer to a four-year institution with our Associate in Science program. Meet your general education requirements and learn about physics, chemistry, engineering, health sciences, biology, and more.
A community of tech-lovers
Our Computer Technology program will teach you how to navigate the constantly changing world of computer technology. Learn about the use, application, and technological development of computers. Get plugged in to the latest business trends on computers and computer operating systems.
A community of game-changers
This program will teach you the fundamental skills and knowledge you need to thrive in the business world: management, accounting, and legal issues related to business. Get the know-how that will lead you to succeed in a variety of high-demand careers in finance, marketing, investing, human resources, retail, insurance, and more.
A community of collaborators
This program will prepare you for entering the Paralegal field. It offers an overview of the foundations of the American legal system, including ethics, business law, and tort law. Learn the fundamental skills of legal writing and research. Gain the know-how to assist attorneys with case management and the preparation of exhibits.
A community of problem-solvers
Gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to excel as a government employee or military service member. Our Public Administration program is designed to offer students training in communication, organizational behavior, teamwork, management, and policy-making
Other Programs at Rio
The eight degree programs you see here are a small sample of our curriculum. For a more comprehensive list of our degree programs, visit Riosalado.edu.
Two-year degree vs. certificate of completion. Which is right for you?
Certificate of Completion
A Certificate of Completion is a strong choice for students looking to enter the workforce. Certificates are designed to help students develop and enhance specific occupational skills.
Take Your Credits With You
We’ve designed our programs with maximum transferability in mind. Whether you’re planning on moving on to a four-year program after getting your Associate’s, or you’re already enrolled at another school and are looking to pick up a few extra credits, Rio's Success Coaches will work with you to make sure that the transfer process goes smoothly.
Looking To Take a Few Classes?
Are you already working on a four-year degree and need to pick up a few extra credits to make up a class or finish off your requisites? Rio is here to get you one step closer to graduation. Our flexible scheduling system lets you take online classes whenever it’s most convenient for you. Full-time, part-time, anytime: Learn at your own pace.
Your Online Classroom
See for yourself what an online education at Rio Salado looks like with our RioLearn demo. RioLearn is our online learning platform: a place where you can take your classes, interact with your instructors, and track your academic progress.