Bachelor’s, associates, certificate – what’s the difference?
From one-year certificates to four-year degrees, higher education equals opportunity.
Different careers require different levels of education. UtahFutures can help you understand the kind of education required for the career you want.
|DEGREE/CERTIFICATE||TYPICAL PROGRAM LENGTH||EDUCATIONAL OR CAREER GOAL ACHIEVED||EXAMPLES OF CAREER AREAS (WITH MANY MORE POSSIBLE)|
|Certificate||Typically one year, but may be longer||Entry-level employment in a particular career||
|Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)||Two years||Provides broad knowledge for solid employment preparation and possible career advancement||
|Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.)||Two years||Completion of the academic foundation for transfer to a four-year degree||Any field for which a four-year degree is offered|
|Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)||Minimum of four years, but may be longer depending upon major chosen||Specialized knowledge for entry into career or preparation for future study at the graduate level||The sky’s the limit…degrees from “A” (Accounting) to “Z” (Zoology)|
|Master’s or Professional||Varies, but generally two or three years; usually after earning a bachelor’s degree||Qualification for a particular career or for career advancement requiring preparation beyond the bachelor’s degree or for entry into doctoral program||Professional master’s:
Master’s for doctoral program entry:
|Doctorate||Varies, but generally no less than four years||Career entry or advancement for fields requiring experience in research methods||Almost any field|