Degree Types

Graduated from high school, or advancing your career? There are different degree types from different colleges and universities, online and campus based, to choose from to get you the education and training you need.  First, you need to figure out what kind of career field you want to pursue, and then you can look for a college or university that can provide the career training you need to get there.  Depending on your chosen career path, you may be able to get started with a certificate program, or you may need to plan for a Masters Degree.  But it all starts with the career you want to end up in!  In the meantime, however, below you can find out more about the different degree levels, which may help you narrow down the career choices you are weighing.

Associate Degree

An undergraduate academic degree also known as a “Two-year degree” being that it usually takes two years to complete – around 60 credit hours and 20 courses. This degree is usually completed at a junior college, community college or technical institute and can be a great occupational degree or beginning to your college career as transfer credits. occupational degrees allow on to enter directly into the workforce and are usually more hands-on. These credit hours may also be applied to a bachelor’s degree if one decides to pursue more education. Using an associate degree as a transfer allows you to enter directly into a bachelor’s program with half of the credits required: this route can save a lot of money.

Bachelor’s Degree

An undergraduate degree, often called a baccalaureate degree, that usually takes four years to complete if studying full-time – 40 courses or 120 credit hours. Once completed, one can continue education with a master’s program in a related field or enter the workforce. Like the associate, a bachelor’s degree can be completed full-time or part-time. A bachelor’s degree can also be completed online to accommodate any time restrictions.

Master’s Degree

After completing a bachelor’s degree a master’s degree can be completed in up to two years and is a great way to advance your current career or enter the job force. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that a person with a master’s degree can be paid up to three times more than a person with a high school diploma. There are many fields of study one can enter into when pursuing a master’s but the main ones are a Master of Science and Master of Arts.

Ph.D./ Doctorate

The highest level of postgraduate academic degree known as a Doctorate of Philosophy which refers to the Greek translation “Love of wisdom” not the field of philosophy. A doctorate can be completed in up to three years and is usually obtained with the purpose of becoming a professor. As Ph.D. student you may be required to teach some classes as an undergrad. However, the requirements for a Ph.D. vary from school to school including coursework, graduate exams (GMAT, GRE), recommendations, grades, etc. Most require a candidate (Ph.D.c) to submit a dissertation or thesis and to study on campus under a supervisor. As popularity rises in online and distance learning some universities allow a part-time campus study and the other half is done online.


A specific area of study usually completed in a year or less used to quickly develop a skill or train for a job. There are two types of certifications. One is a lifetime certification once an exam is passed and the other expires and has to be renewed through a test or other re-certification program. Certifications can vary by profession and by the levels of expertise within that profession.

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