An Associate Degree is a type of undergraduate degree, requiring a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.
The program consists of three parts:
- general education requirements
- major requirements
You can complete an online associate degree at your own pace; full-time study is equivalent to 4 semesters or 2 years (15 semester credit hours). Accelerated online associate degree programs are available. Online associate degrees are the same as on-campus or in-classroom associate degrees, but the degree can be taken entirely through the Internet or by distance education.
Associate degrees are awarded by a community, junior or technical colleges indicating that you have completed a program of study with a broad base in general education and a concentration in a specific area. Your degree may be in an occupational area (such as Electronics) or in liberal arts (such as an associate degree in science or arts).
Associate of Applied Science degrees (or occupational associate degrees) are now preferred by many employers for mid-level technology positions.
An online associate degree in business, liberal arts, and other disciplines, is widely accepted for transfer into bachelor's degree programs throughout the country.
Types of Associate Degree Programs:
- A.A. - "Associate of Arts" degree
This degree is designed to transfer to a four-year college or university.
- A.A.S. - "Associate of Applied Science" degree
Designed to prepare graduates for career entry or job advancement after 2 years of college study. AAS degrees may transfer in whole or in part to 4 year colleges. A.A.S degrees may also be known by occupational specific titles such as Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Business, etc.
- A.S. - "Associate of Science" degree
Designed to transfer to a 4 year college or university.
- Occupational Degree
Also referred to as "applied" degree programs, an occupational degree program at a two-year college is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. The primary function is career preparation, however some courses and/or programs may transfer to 4 year colleges.
Online Associate Degrees Available
WorldWideLearn.com features universities and colleges offering online associate degree programs in the following disciplines: