Learn the type of education you’ll need to follow your dreams.
From one-year certificates to four-year degrees, higher education equals opportunity.
Certificate — Generally one-year programs that lead directly to entry level employment in a specific occupation such as aviation pilot, diesel mechanic, or respiratory therapist.
Applied Associate Degree (A.A.S.) — Two-year programs that provide broader knowledge in fields ranging from biomanufacturing and computer information systems to dental hygiene and digital media. The in-depth knowledge and skills acquired in an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree prepare students for employment in a career track with advancement opportunities.
Transfer Associate Degree (A.A., A.S.) — Two-year programs that provide the academic foundation for transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) programs cover the curriculum taught in the first two years of a four-year program of study.
Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.S.) — Four-year programs that provide in-depth, specialized knowledge in a major or field of study. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees prepare students either for employment in fields from accounting to theater, or for further studies.
Master’s or Professional Degree — Programs offered at a postgraduate level, usually after earning a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degrees prepare students for occupations and/or additional study in a variety of fields. Common examples include education, engineering, nursing, and business.
Doctorate — Provides further training in a more specialized area, in occupations similar to master’s or professional degrees.
|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||Solid preparation for employment 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||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||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|