Associates degree

Associate degrees are two-year college degrees.  Some associates degrees are designed to transfer to a four year college or University.  Others are considered professional or applied degrees.   Many of the courses in a professional degree program are designed to suit specific careers.

  • Professional technical or Applied Associates degree:  A professional technical degree is a two-year degree that prepares students for direct entry into the workforce.  An example of an Applied Associates degree is be the A.A.S (Associates of Applied Science). 
  • Transfer degrees:  Transfer degrees are Associates degrees with a program of study that will be accepted for a transfer at a four year institution.  Many of the credits in these programs will be accepted for transfer and apply towards graduation requirements.  Two examples of transfer degrees are the A.A. (Associate of Arts) and the A.S. (Associate of Science).  

It's best to check with your college when deciding on a class schedule or program of study. Every state has different rules and arrangements that guide transferring credits between community and technical colleges and the state colleges and Universities.  It's best to know the rules before you sign up for classes.


 

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