Types of College Degrees

Undergraduate Degrees

Associate’s Degree (A.A.) is a two year degree.  It is made up of a lot of general education classes like math, science, English, P.E., Art, and Social Studies.

Bachelor’s of Art (B.A.) or Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) is a four year degree.  It is a 2 part degree.  The first part is the A.A. (see above) and the second part consists of classes that are specific to what a person is studying.  A student picks a major which is a set of classes.  So for example, if a person was getting a Bachelor’s of Art in History that person would take two years of general education and two years of history classes only.  If a person receives a Bachelor’s of Science in Math then that person would take two years of general education and two years of math classes.

Graduate Degrees–Student’s must have a Bachelor’s degree first to receive any of the degrees below.

Master’s of Art (M.A.) or Master’s of Science (M.S.) is a two year degree.   A Master’s degree is a continued study for a specific subject.  For example, a person might want to study education to be a teacher.  A person could then take higher level classes that have to do with education.

Juris Doctor (J.D.) is a two-three year degree.  A person who wants to become a lawyer would take the classes for this degree.

Doctorate Degree (P.h.D.) is a two-four year degree.  A person who wants even a higher degree than a Master’s would work for a Doctorate degree.

Don’t confuse a Doctorate degree with a Medical Degree (M.D.).  A person who wants to be a medical doctor must have a medical degree. An M.D. takes another 3-8 years of schooling.

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