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.