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What is an Associate Degree?

An Associate degree is a higher education degree offered at community colleges, technical schools and universities that usually takes about two years to complete. In some countries, an associate degree can be granted after a student completes the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Some conventional types of associate degrees are Associate of Arts (AA) degrees, Associate of Science (AS) degrees and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Associate degrees are the required higher education qualification for some professional fields, while in other sectors they provide an advantage over those without a degree. 

 

What are the benefits of taking an Associate Degree?

There are numerous benefits of taking an associate degree program. Getting an associate degree offers a student the college experience for two years. This develops a more advanced understanding of the field of professional focus as well as helps to build character. Associate degree graduates are often more sought after than those without a higher education degree, and may also be eligible for higher pay. Employers recognize the deepened familiarity and increased understanding of the subject that comes with associate degree level study.

What do we study in an Associate Degree?

Associate degree programs are offered in a wide range of specializations across most academic disciplines. There are associate degrees in Technology, Business, the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. Associate degree programs are offered at schools around the world. For example, one might want to obtain an Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design in Australia, or an Associate of Science in legal Assisting in the USA.

What kind of career improvement can you expect with an Associate Degree?

Obtaining an associate degree can have a significantly positive impact on one’s career prospects – from competitiveness in the job search to better pay and eligibility for promotion. Companies may be more willing to consider a bid for promotion from a working professional with experience if they also have a degree. Associate degrees also open the door to continued higher education, as some degree credits may be transferrable towards a bachelor’s and on to a master’s program.

How much does it cost to take an Associate Degree?

The costs of taking an associate degree vary from one country to another and one school to another. The tuition cost may also vary depending on the subject of the associate’s degree. It is important to gather information about the cost of an associate degree program while making a choice of which associate degree is right for you. You can contact the school offering the associate degree program of choice to get more information about the tuition prices, other costs and if any financial support can be given (in the form of scholarships or aid).

Why take an Associate Degree Online?

 

Taking an associate degree online can open the door to higher education to those who would not be able to study otherwise, due to scheduling conflicts or location. Associate degree online programs make use of e-learning technology to bring the classroom to you in your home office or wherever you are. Working around a busy schedule can seem daunting, but online associate degree study is designed to help you realize your goals without giving up on your other commitments. Teachers can communicate directly with their students in associate degree programs online. The end result of a successful pass in an associate degree online program is the same degree full-time on campus students obtain.

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Associate in Business Administration

Valley Forge Military College
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Wayne

The Associate in Business Administration program offers a rigorous academic curriculum geared to fulfill all the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree while positioning the student for a major in Business at VFMC and subsequent transfer to a four-year institution, in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Associate in Business Administration The Associate in Business Administration program offers a rigorous academic curriculum geared to fulfill all the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree while positioning the student for a major in Business at VFMC and subsequent transfer to a four-year institution, in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The goal of the program is to expose the student to the theories and principles underlying various business disciplines such that the student may better assess their interests and aptitude for this particular area of study. The theory is further enhanced using applications to real life and business experience in the business arena and current events. Upon completion of the program the student should be well-positioned to transfer into a four-year institution to major in: Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, International Business, Finance or Marketing. Programs of Study Our military tradition benefits all students: those who go on to officer training and those who choose to pursue other paths. A study by Korn/Ferry International shows that the leadership skills learned in military training enhance success in corporate life – which may be why many of our graduates go on to captain their own businesses. Whatever your goal, VFMC has academic programs that will help you get there. The Academic Program at VFMC leads to an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Science, or an Associate in Business Administration degree. The strong core curriculum, developed on the basis of careful analysis of the general education requirements of competitive... [-]

Associate Degree of Design [Jewellery + Object Design]

TAFE Western Australia
Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2018 Australia Perth Bentley Geraldton Broome Bunbury Albany + 5 more

This course will prepare you for a career as a designer by ensuring you have the right mix of inside knowledge, practical skills, jewellery design industry links and the ability to develop and apply unique design ideas. Jewellery and object design requires finely honed skills and an extensive knowledge of metals, gemstones and other specialised materials, processes and equipment. [+]

Associate Degree of Design [Jewellery + Object Design]

This course will prepare you for a career as a designer by ensuring you have the right mix of inside knowledge, practical skills, jewellery design industry links and the ability to develop and apply unique design ideas. Jewellery and object design requires finely honed skills and an extensive knowledge of metals, gemstones and other specialised materials, processes and equipment. Students will develop their craft and acquire current digital design skills so they are able to construct and fabricate their ideas into market ready forms. The program is supported by lecturers and technicians with industry experience and a wide network of contacts.... [-]


Associate Degree in Business Administration

West Hills College - Coalinga
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Coalinga

Business Administration curriculum is intended for those interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. Students are encouraged to consult with business staff to ensure that their course selections reflect their career interest and the career goals of their major. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Business Administration curriculum is intended for those interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. Students are encouraged to consult with business staff to ensure that their course selections reflect their career interest and the career goals of their major. Business Administration AS or AA Degree Program student learning outcomes Students will be able to critically evaluate, analyze, and interpret information to solve problems. Identify the laws affecting sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. [-]

Criminal Justice Associates Degree - with transfer to 4-year university

North Iowa Area Community College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Mason City

The NIACC Criminal Justice program prepares you for employment with public or private agencies concerned with public safety, crime prevention, or the apprehension and rehabilitation of criminals. Graduates of this two-year program earn an Associate in Arts (AA) Degree and a NIACC Criminal Justice Certificate. [+]

The NIACC Criminal Justice program prepares you for employment with public or private agencies concerned with public safety, crime prevention, or the apprehension and rehabilitation of criminals. Graduates of this two-year program earn an Associate in Arts (AA) Degree and a NIACC Criminal Justice Certificate. Picture of Crime SceneThe curriculum also meets requirements for those already employed by criminal justice agencies who wish to obtain further education for professional advancement, as well as for those who desire advanced study in criminology or social welfare. Approximately half of the graduates from this program go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at senior institutions. NIACC has an agreement with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy which allows up to 15 hours of credit earned at the Academy to be awarded at NIACC. What Will I Learn? Crime Scene Investigation Latent fingerprint collection procedures Basic criminal law Application of fundamental investigative techniques Identification, handling and proper collection of evidence Rules and procedures for courts, corrections and police Rules governing admissibility of evidence in court Interview and interrogation tactics Effective report writing …and much more! Career Opportunities Picture of Officer pat downCriminal Justice program graduates may obtain employment in a variety of positions such as: Police Officer Sheriff Deputy Probation/Parole Officer State Investigator Federal Investigator Private Security NIACC’s strong articulation agreements with four-year academic institutions also allow credit for Criminal Justice program classes to transfer and facilitate completion of a four-year degree in Criminal Justice. [-]

Bachelor in Theatre Arts (1st two years)

San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley
Campus Full time January 2018 USA San Mateo

We offer a holistic approach to the study of theatre -our students develop skills in all aspects of production, including: acting, directing, design, set construction, lighting, sound, playwriting, and dramaturgy. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. The Hands-On Experience You Want and Need We offer a holistic approach to the study of theatre -our students develop skills in all aspects of production, including: acting, directing, design, set construction, lighting, sound, playwriting, and dramaturgy. Because we are small, we can offer all of our students a chance to be involved - as actors, directors, designers, managers, etc. You'll learn everything you need to know to be a valuable contributor to a community, professional, or four-year university theatre. Professional Connections in an Exciting Location Cañada College is located half an hour from San Francisco, and half an hour from San Jose. These two culturally diverse and artistically vibrant cities offer exciting opportunities for those interested in starting a career in theater arts. We are planning to offer students internships, visits from guest artists and administrators, and other opportunities to network with professionals in the field. Support From Your Dedicated and Knowledgeable Instructors We understand that your success is our success. We make use of email, cell phone, and even iChat to make sure that you can get a hold of us when you need to. We offer guidance on development of professional tools that will really help you promote yourself, such as headshots, resumes, and portfolios. Careers In Theatre Arts Graduates can pursue careers in: acting for stage, film, and television; voiceover for radio, TV, and video games, disk jockey; teaching drama and public speaking to children and adults in schools, theatres, and professional environments;... [-]

Academy Professional (AP) degree in International Sales and Marketing

International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM)
Campus Full time Part time October 2017 Kosovo Mitrovica

The IBCM International Sales and Marketing programme specializes in business studies with a strong focus on international marketing, economics, communications, organization management and entrepreneurship and innovation. [+]

Academy Professional (AP) degree in International Sales and Marketing The IBCM International Sales and Marketing (ISM) programme specializes in business studies with a strong focus on international marketing, economics, communications, organization management and entrepreneurship and innovation. The ISM programme will equip you with the problem solving and entrepreneurial mind-set that you need to succeed. International and accredited degrees The programme is taught in English and is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The courses are internationally recognized and transferable. All IBCM Students receive a double degree. This means that you will get a diploma from IBCM and a diploma from our partner institution, Lillebaelt Academy for Professional Higher Education in Denmark. The Marketing & Management Department offers two qualifications: Bachelor degree in International Sales & Marketing: 3.5 years/7 semesters (210 ECTS) Academy Professional (AP) degree in Marketing & Management: 2 years/4 semesters (120 ECTS) Real work experience You will have the flexibility to focus on an industry that is interesting to you. This includes mandatory work experience through two three-month, full-time internships (which take place during your fourth and seventh semester of studies). This experience, highly valued by our students, ensures that you have the skills to make a positive impact working in the real world. Rich and varied programme As an ISM student, you will gain knowledge and skills in a wide range of business-focused areas. In your first and second semester, the units studied include: Effective Communication, Strategic Marketing, Organizational Behavior, and Principles of Entrepreneurship. In... [-]

Associate Degree in Agriculture Business

Butte College
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Chico

The Agriculture Business program provides the student with employable skills and provides a framework for further study if desired. Course work is practical and broad-based. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills in business management, marketing, finance, computers, human relations, and agricultural accounting. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Associate Degree in Agriculture Business Agriculture Business Program: www.butte.edu/departments/careertech/agriculture/ Bruce Hicks, Chair (530) 895-2514; Department Office: AHPS 251 (530) 895-2551; Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378 About the Program The Agriculture Business program provides the student with employable skills and provides a framework for further study if desired. Course work is practical and broad-based. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills in business management, marketing, finance, computers, human relations, and agricultural accounting. The computer labs, campus farm, and greenhouses provide an ideal setting for hands on learning. To gain practical experience on and off campus internships are available. Numerous area agriculture businesses provide opportunities for field trips, internships, and employment. Student clubs such as the Agriculture Ambassadors provide opportunities for leadership development and community service. Career Opportunities A career in Agriculture Business is both financially rewarding and personally challenging. For job seekers, it is probably the most readily available entry-level position in the agriculture industry. Numerous specialized companies throughout northern California require qualified persons for marketing, sales, finance, policy, government, farm ranch management, and international trade and development. For job entry and advancement, however, certain basic skills remain fundamental. These include proficiency in computers, record keeping, finance, management and marketing. The following is a list of possible Agriculture Business Career Opportunities: Bookkeeper, Business Manager, Business Owner, Commodity Broker, Community Development, Consultant, Equipment Dealer, Farm and Ranch Manager, International Development Specialist, Insurance Agent, Land Appraiser, Livestock buyer, Loan Officer, Management Specialist, Produce Buyer, Public Relations, Retail Sales and... [-]

Associate of Science in Business Administration

Humboldt International University
Online Part time 24 months March 2018 USA USA Online

The Associate of Science in Business program focuses on educating, training, and developing students’ skills to manage the ever-increasing complexities of business. The program will give a foundation on which to build a successful career in business and provide understanding of implementation of business functions in the local and international environment. [+]

The Associate of Science in Business program focuses on educating, training, and developing students’ skills to manage the ever-increasing complexities of business. The program will give a foundation on which to build a successful career in business and provide understanding of implementation of business functions in the local and international environment. This program offers a sequence of courses that provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers such as entry-level management trainee positions in the marketing and international business environment. The Associate of Science (AS) in Business program is offered for those students whose career goals require a broad knowledge related to marketing and international business. All students will take coursework in the areas of finances, accounting, general business management, information technology, computer applications, and business law. In addition, students will choose an area of concentration that will provide the remaining courses in the major. The following describes each area of concentration. Concentrations Marketing The concentration in Marketing is designed to provide students with a basic marketing background to prepare them for entry-level positions in business. International Business International Business is an important aspect of the business world today. This concentration equips graduates for employment in entry-level positions with companies engaged in international commerce. General Education ASB 1001 English Composition I ASB 1002 English Composition II ASB 2038 College Algebra ASB 2039 Statistics ASB 2045 Origin of Western Civilization Core Courses ASB 2006 Principles... [-]

Associate Degree of Business

El Camino College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Torrance

The Business Division at El Camino College offers a wide variety of courses in all business disciplines. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. WELCOME TO THE BUSINESS DIVISION The Business Division at El Camino College offers a wide variety of courses in all business disciplines. The courses in our programs are designed to help students pursue immediate career goals and objectives, along with preparing them for transfer to a four-year college or university. As dean of the Business Division, I take great pride that the Business Division combines a quality faculty with current practical experience in their disciplines, along with state-of-the–art-computer facilities. The Business Division, the leading educator in business and technical training in the South Bay, looks forward to helping you meet your short- and long-term career objectives. -Virginia Rapp, Dean DEPARTMENTS Accounting Business Management CIS Marketing Office Administration Paralegal Studies / Law Real Estate [-]

Associate Degree of Business in International Hotel and Resort Management

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School China
Campus Full time 2 years March 2018 China Suzhou

This degree program gives students a broad business - focused education and training in all key aspects of hotel and resort management. The program prepares students for supervisory and management trainee positions upon graduation in the hotel industry, as well as associated accommodation, hospitality and tourism sectors. [+]

Study Journey 2 years in China - Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) 6 months in Australia - Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) This degree program gives students a broad business - focused education and training in all key aspects of hotel and resort management. The program prepares students for supervisory and management trainee positions upon graduation in the hotel industry, as well as associated accommodation, hospitality and tourism sectors. Study our two-year undergraduate Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel & Resort Management) in Suzhou. Why study at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Suzhou? Study at Australia and Asia Pacific's Number 1 Hotel School (TNS Survey 2013) Graduate with a globally recognised qualification specifically designed for the hospitality industry (TEQSA Accredited) Benefit from the advantages and global career opportunities available as you study in China. Graduates successfully move onwards to excellent career opportunities in the global hotel industry. International students study Chinese language throughout the Associate Degree of Business (Hotel & Resort Management) and are provided with full student visa support. Advantages GUARANTEED CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Hospitality and Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world. China's hospitality industry is booming. INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION The School has established a large network of international chain hotels and education institutions where students have built their career or furthered their education overseas thanks to their hospitality education. OUR COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH Our curriculum and learning materials are developed and follow the same learning outcomes... [-]

Associate Degree in Arts - Criminal Justice Education

Parkland College
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Champaign

The AA in Criminal Justice Education prepares students for careers and furthers studies in fields related to criminal justice, policing, and law. Students gain strong complete coursework in psychology, sociology, and communications as well as specialized training in law enforcement standards and police tactics and techniques. There is also the opportunity for students to complete internships in the law-related fields. Many students who complete the AA in Criminal Justice pursue Bachelor degrees in criminal justice or subjects that prepare them for law school. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. The AA in Criminal Justice Education prepares students for careers and furthers studies in fields related to criminal justice, policing, and law. Students gain strong complete coursework in psychology, sociology, and communications as well as specialized training in law enforcement standards and police tactics and techniques. There is also the opportunity for students to complete internships in the law-related fields. Many students who complete the AA in Criminal Justice pursue Bachelor degrees in criminal justice or subjects that prepare them for law school. Criminal Justice Courses: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice CJS 102 Police Administration and Operations CJS 104 Introduction to Corrections CJS 127 Juvenile Delinquency CJS 203 Criminal Law CJS 209 Criminal Investigation SCI 108 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry SCI 208 Forensic Science II: Death Analysis SOC 202 Sociology of Deviant Behavior SOC 204 Criminology Offering more than 100 Associates Degree and Certificate programs, Parkland College is well known for its small class sizes, state­-of-the-­art facilities, inclusive learning environment, and personable faculty. Parkland boasts the largest international student body of any 2 ­year college in the state of Illinois, with more than 300 students representing more than 40 countries. The Associate Degree offers an ideal and inexpensive doorway for international students wanting to enter the American education system. Having worked to perfect their English language skills through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program or earned two years­ worth of transferable credits, many of Parkland’s international students then transfer on to 4­ year universities... [-]

Associate Degree in Mathematics

Seward County Community College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Liberal

Mathematicians make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in diverse fields. Students who choose to study mathematics will earn a degree that allows them to use mathematical theories and techniques to formulate and solve practical problems across multiple disciplines such as business, government, engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences. [+]

Mathematicians make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in diverse fields. Students who choose to study mathematics will earn a degree that allows them to use mathematical theories and techniques to formulate and solve practical problems across multiple disciplines such as business, government, engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences. The mathematics program at SCCC provides students with a broad knowledge base through general education requirements, as well as important concepts and applications of mathematics through math and science courses. With a Math Resource Center providing free assistance with course studies and access to exclusive mathematics and science computer labs, SCCC mathematics students will graduate prepared to either continue their education at a four-year institution or enter their desired career path. [-]

Associate in Environmental Studies

Goodwin College
Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA East Hartford

Over the past four decades, protection of the environment has grown rapidly to become a major profit-making, job-creating industry. Our associate degree program in Environmental Studies is designed to meet the workforce needs. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. A Growing Field Over the past four decades, protection of the environment has grown rapidly to become a major profit-making, job-creating industry. Our associate degree program in Environmental Studies is designed to meet the workforce needs. The Connecticut River Is Your Classroom Goodwin College is located on 900 acres of riverfront property. Our campus setting enables you to spend time in the field, conducting real research and learning the technical aspects of the field first-hand. Our Environmental Studies program provides technical training for in‑demand careers while focusing on the scientific aspects of environmental stewardship. Flexible Scheduling For your convenience, you can take classes on-campus, online or in a hybrid format. Whether you are interested in attending full- or part-time, this is the degree for you! Employment Opportunities include: Administrative Aide Assistant Energy Analyst Environmental Health Technician Field Monitoring Technician Laboratory Assistant Science Technician Water Distribution System Operator Water Treatment Plant Operator We offer hands-on training: Our new River Campus has hundreds of ecologically rich acres that will serve as a living hands-on laboratory to conduct environmental studies. These sensitive flood plains and river uplands provide an unprecedented learning environment along the Connecticut River. Opportunities abound for studying flora, fauna and wildlife in this unique habitat. Here at Goodwin College we build everything around you with: Flexible day, evening, weekend, and online classes Small class sizes and personal attention Internships and job placement assistance Career advisors networked with some of today’s leading corporation Personal Financial Aid advisors And... [-]

Associate of Science in Environmental Landscaping

College of Marin
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Kentfield Novato

Environmental landscaping is more than making the world around us a beautiful place. It’s about creating environments that function practically and in harmony with nature. It’s growing plants, designing the spaces, and installing the landscapes. [+]

Environmental landscaping is more than making the world around us a beautiful place. It’s about creating environments that function practically and in harmony with nature. It’s growing plants, designing the spaces, and installing the landscapes. The courses are designed to meet the needs of both the home gardener and the professional gardener wanting to gain more knowledge in environmental landscaping. The field is appealing to those wanting to work in outdoor occupations, as well as those who like to work with high-tech equipment. This curriculum is designed so that graduates, depending on their interest, abilities, and achievement, may qualify for employment in a wide variety of capacities. Career Options Arboriculture (Tree Care), Commercial Landscape Management, Environmental Planning, Interiorscape Design and Maintenance, Landscape Design and Installation, Landscape Irrigation, Landscape Salesperson, Nursery Specialist/Propagator, Park Supervision, Residential and Estate Maintenance, Retail Nursery Sales, Wholesale Nursery Production Transfer Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should complete the lower division major requirements and general education pattern for the appropriate transfer institution and major. Exact major requirements for UC and CSU institutions can be found on www.assist.org. Please see a counselor for more information as curriculum requirements may vary among transfer universities. A.S. in Environmental Landscaping, Occupational (Certificate of Achievement in Landscape Construction and Design Concepts Specialty, Landscape Maintenance Specialty, and Nursery Management Specialty also awarded) This curriculum is designed so that graduates, depending on their interests, abilities, and achievement, may qualify for employment in a wide variety of capacities. [-]

Associate Degree in Communications (Transfer)

The American College in Spain
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Spain Marbella USA Davie + 2 more

The University Transfer Program offered by the American College in Spain allows students to begin their first two years of studies in our Marbella university center by taking a large portion of the basic courses required for a Bachelor's degree by U.S. universities. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Associate Degree in Communications (Transfer) University Transfer Program (2+2) The University Transfer Program offered by the American College in Spain allows students to begin their first two years of studies in our Marbella university center by taking a large portion of the basic courses required for a Bachelor's degree by U.S. universities. Once these first two years have been completed in Spain, the students will transfer their credits to a university in the USA where they will finish their last two years of studies and earn a Bachelor’s Degree. This system, known as 2 + 2, is an academically differentiating element since it allows students to study for two years in Spain and another two years in North America, but with the great advantage of receiving a degree from a university in the USA (where the student will complete these last two years). The advantage of the 2 + 2 method is that it allows students to gradually adapt to the American educational system and language, with much less financial strain for students and their family. ► BROWARD 2 years in SPAIN and 2 years in the USA. (2+2) 1st and 2nd Year: Students take their first two years of courses in The American College in Spain, which is the equivalent of taking two years of courses in an American university, since ACS follows the Broward College curriculum. The credits obtained will allow students to transfer and complete their degree in the USA. 3rd and 4th Year:... [-]