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Types of associate's degrees

Thursday, October 20, 2011
When you enroll in a community college, you will typically be working towards an associate's degree. However, this credential can vary depending on your college major, as some degrees are designed to help you transfer to a bachelor's degree program, while others prepare you for a career.

If you are pursuing a degree in the liberal arts or social sciences, including college majors such as English, history, political science or psychology, you will typically earn an Associate of Arts. An Associate of Science can be earned in subjects such as biology and mathematics.

An associate’s degree typically is awarded after the completion of 60 to 64 credits. The credits you receive in either Associate of Arts or Associate of Science programs are designed to transfer into a four-year college or university, where you can complete a bachelor's degree in your chosen field.

If you plan to enter the workforce directly after the completion of your community college studies, you should consider earning an occupational associate's degree to expedite your entry into the job market. Degrees in business administration, nursing or industrial technology often lead to employment opportunities straight from college. Over the course of these two-year programs, you acquire skills that will serve you in entry-level positions. The education you receive is also more focused on your desired career field, so you often take fewer general education courses.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800623570-ADNFCR - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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Pace University
Known for its exceptional academic experience and preparing students for careers, 1,200 students yearly participate in the University internship program, the largest in the NY metro area.

Mount Aloysius College
Our liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills for success in a wide range of professions.

Roger Williams University
Come for the 40+ majors, 20 varsity athletics teams and 60+ clubs and orgs, stay for the top-rated food and waterfront views.

Lesley University
Offering degrees that prepare students to become leaders in education, human services, the arts and environmental studies.

Niagara University
Niagara University emphasizes ethics, lifelong learning, and service to others to prepares for lives and careers that are both successful and fulfilling.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Polytechnic Institute of NYU is New York metropolitan's major educational resource in science and technology education and research.

University of Phoenix
U of P Online, a true innovator in distance education, allows students to earn their degrees and advance their careers - all online.

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