Different Types of College Degrees in USA

Students pursuing higher education have a world of options to choose from, from credentials such as badges and certificates to a range of college degree levels. 

An associate degree is often an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.). A degree earned in a professional program 

Associate Degree

A bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, which adds up to an expected four years for a full-time student 

Bachelor's Degree

A master's degree follows a bachelor's degree for many continuing their postsecondary education.

Master's Degree

A doctorate degree is the highest traditional academic degree 

Doctorate Degree

Separate from the Ph.D., there are professional degree programs for aspiring doctors and lawyers.

Professional Degree

College officials say that computer science, information technology and engineering are currently the most in-demand majors 

Deciding On the Right Degree

Dooley says students should ask themselves where they want to be in two years and five years. "The time frames are really deliberate."

Associate Degree

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