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
A bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, which adds up to an expected four years for a full-time student
A master's degree follows a bachelor's degree for many continuing their postsecondary education.
Separate from the Ph.D., there are professional degree programs for aspiring doctors and lawyers.
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."