Undergraduate degrees are available from both two year and four year colleges and universities. There are several types including Associates and Bachelors Degrees that can be earned at various institutions.
Students enrolled in community or junior colleges work toward the completion of 60 credits and earn one of the following Associates degrees. A student that is enrolled full time can complete these degree requirements in about two years.
A.A. - Associates of Arts
A.A.T. – Associate of Arts in Teaching
A.E.S. – Associate of Engineering Science
A.F.A. – Associate of Fine Arts
A.S.– Associate of Science
A.A.S – Associate of Applied Science
Students enrolled at a four-year college or university work toward the completion of up to 128 credits and earn one of the following Bachelors degrees. A student that is enrolled full time can complete the degree requirements in about four years.
B.A – Bachelor of Arts
B.S. – Bachelor of Science
B.F.A – Bachelor of Fine Arts
B.B.A. – Bachelor of Business Administration
There are several types of advanced degrees that can be earned after receiving a bachelors degree. The advanced degree typically requires more focus on analysis and research, and a higher standard of knowledge to complete. It typically takes one to three years to complete a masters degree. Completing an advanced degree will increase your earning potential.
MA – Master of Arts
MBA – Master of Business Administration
MFA – Master of Fine Arts
A doctoral degree can be earned in two to five years sometimes longer. It requires research under the professor’s supervision and can prepare you for work in a high-level profession. It is know as the Doctor of Philosophy and is noted after a person’s name with the acronym Ph.D.
A professional degree is required for careers in law and medicine.
Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
Master’s of Law (LL.M.)
Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D)
Medical Doctor (M.D.)
Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)