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The Associate Degree
An Associate's degree is an academic degree typically awarded by community colleges, junior colleges and some bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of 60 undergraduate credits.

Full-time students traditionally earn an Associate's degree in two years. Many students complete their Associate's degree online in less time. Part-time students enjoy greater scheduling flexibility with our online classes, and most students have access to a much broader selection of programs than are available through their local colleges and universities. There are two primary types of Associate's degrees: transfer degrees and vocational or professional degrees.

Transfer degrees form the foundation of a Bachelor's degree by enabling students to complete some or all of the general education requirements to transfer to a Bachelor's degree program.

The most common transfer degrees are:

Associate of Arts (AA) degree, typically for majors in the social sciences or humanities or general studies.

Associate of Science (AS) degree, typically for majors in mathematics, natural sciences, or technology.

Occupational or professional Associate's degrees qualify students for entry-level positions that do not require a Bachelor's degree. Our colleges and universities offer occupational/professional degrees in fields such as computer programming, criminal justice, graphic design, paralegal studies and medical assisting. Occupational/professional Associate's degrees are often terminal, in that the credits may not be transferable to a bachelor's degree program.

Follow the choices below to explore our available Associate's degree programs and request more information today. The respective college or university will assist you in making sure that a particular Associate's degree program is the best choice for your educational and career goals.

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