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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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Valley Forge Military College

The Associate in Business Administration program offers a rigorous academic curriculum geared to fulfill all the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree while positi ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Wayne
August 2019
Full-time
Campus
Brighton College Virtual High School

High school and college just got easier! You can complete your high school diploma and associates degree at the same time with a special program offered only at Brighton ... [+]

High school and college just got easier! You can complete your high school diploma and associates degree at the same time with a special program offered only at Brighton College Virtual High School!

At BCVHS we refer to your high school diploma choices as Diploma Pathways. We call them Pathways because we believe that students should use their time in high school to embark on their own personal Pathway to success.

Offering accredited online programs with an NCAA-approved curriculum for students looking to gain access to all of the advantages of an American education, BCVHS delivers a world-class education -- wherever you are in the world. It also comes with all of the benefits of online learning, including flexibility, affordability, and customizability, thereby making it even easier for students to achieve their goals.... [-]

USA USA Online
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Online
Washtenaw Community College

This is an online program. Students may complete this program from their home country. Students will learn how to align supply chain strategies with corporate goals to co ... [+]

This program is available on campus or online

Description

This program prepares students for jobs with duties assigned to a beginning accountant such as verifying additions, checking audits, postings, vouchers, analyzing accounts, and preparing financial statements. Many of the courses transfer to four-year colleges.

Articulation

Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan has more than 120 articulation agreements with four-year colleges throughout the state. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college should meet with an advisor to ensure Michigan Transfer Agreement requirements are met.

Contact Information

We welcome your questions, suggestions or comments. Please email us at studrec@wccnet.edu or call 734-973-3543. Our office hours are 12:00pm to 11:00pm (GTM) Monday through Thursday, 12:00pm to 9:00pm (GMT) Friday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm (GMT) on Saturday.... [-]

USA Ann Arbor
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Online
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School China

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 su ... [+]

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 and... [-]
China Suzhou
March 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Lake Tahoe Community College

The Wilderness Education program at Lake Tahoe Community College offers academic field courses across the Sierra Nevada. Our courses challenge students to learn not only ... [+]

The Wilderness Education program at Lake Tahoe Community College offers academic field courses across the Sierra Nevada. Our courses challenge students to learn not only from books but also from the natural landscape. Because learning and living are integrated with the field, our courses provide the opportunity for both intellectual and personal growth. We seek students with a curiosity about the natural world, a willingness to work hard, and the ability to travel and study cooperatively in an outdoor setting.

The Wilderness Education degree or certificate is designed to prepare students to become theoretically and technically competent wilderness specialists who can apply their skills as outdoor leaders to diverse groups and environments in a world with a growing population and finite wilderness resources. The curriculum provides a balanced foundation for all aspects of wilderness education/outdoor recreation. Students will gain basic competencies in outdoor-based activities, wilderness first aid skills, experiential educational theory, group dynamics, leadership theory and skills, and environmental awareness. There is an emphasis on the integration of academic work and technical field skills. The completion of the major is appropriate for students who are outdoor-oriented and who seek individual enrichment and growth.... [-]

USA South Lake Tahoe
September 2019
Campus
Spartanburg Methodist College

Whether you are looking to move into a new position or just want the satisfaction of completing your degree … an online Associate in Criminal Justice degree can help you ... [+]

An online associate in Criminal Justice degree will help you learn skills that can lead to higher-paying jobs and promotion opportunities, and set you apart from the competition. This program was designed with the working professional in mind. Our virtual classroom experience allows you the flexibility to complete your degree in an effective learning environment – 100% Online. Courses are designed and taught by leading professionals working in the field and include: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Police Administration, Introduction to Criminology, Criminal Evidence and Procedures, Introduction to Criminal Law, Juvenile Relations, Introduction to Corrections, and Introduction to Forensic Science.... [-]

USA Spartanburg
July 2019
Full-time
Part-time
18 months
Online
Independence Community College

The two-year program of study in Athletic Training at ICC is designed for students who are interested in an allied health care profession specialized in the health care o ... [+]

Athletic Training Program

The two year program of study in Athletic Training at ICC is designed for students who are interested in an allied health care profession specialized in the health care of athletes. ICC student athletic trainers will gain valuable athletic training knowledge and skills through both academics and practical experiences. When not directly dealing with an injury in the workplace or on the playing field, athletic trainers often work to educate people on how to avoid common injuries such as sprains, strains and other job or sports related injuries. Independence Community College offers an Associate of Science Degree in Athletic Training with an emphasis in sports medicine, emergency care, and injury prevention. ICC student trainers receive valuable academic instruction as well as practical experience and hands-on-training through involvement with the college’s sports teams.... [-]

USA Independence
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Management and Technology

The ASGS offers courses for students who have completed high school or have passed the General Educational Development (GED) test, and who perhaps have completed some cou ... [+]

About

The ASGS offers courses for students who have completed high school or have passed the General Educational Development (GED) test, and who perhaps have completed some courses either at an appropriately accredited college or in the United States armed forces.

The ASGS program requires the successful completion of 60 semester credit hours of instruction at the lower level (freshman and sophomore years), including a minimum of 15-semester credit hours of general education courses comprising English, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities; and 6 credit hours in Information Technology.

Applicants to the ASGS program who have attended other appropriately accredited post-secondary educational institutions or have received training in the U.S. military with ACE-recommended credits may transfer up to 75 percent of the credit-hours towards the ASGS requirements. For all courses offered for transfer credit, the applicant must have earned a passing grade of C or better.... [-]

USA Arlington
September 2019
Online
Henry Ford College

The program explores accounting theory and practice, and how accounting interrelates with other important business operations such as payroll, budget, and finance. ... [+]

You have probably heard that accountants use a lot of math and have to like numbers. That is true, but accountants need to like working with people just as much as working with numbers. Accounting is like solving puzzles but you need to ask a lot of questions and do a lot of investigative work to find all of the missing pieces.

Accounting opens doors in every kind of business coast to coast. The reason accounting may be the best route to a successful business career is because accounting has always been considered as the language and basic tool of business. It has always concerned itself with determining how a business is doing and what is the bottom line. But over the last two decades, the field of accounting has been changing dramatically in response to such explosive trends as the computer revolution, increased government regulations, frequent tax law changes, the globalization of business, and the on-going downsizing and restructuring of corporations.... [-]

USA Detroit
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

Industrial maintenance technologists have only one goal: that the equipment works at its best. They work upstream, that is to say that they intervene to prevent problems ... [+]

Industrial maintenance technologists have only one goal: that the equipment works at its best. They work upstream, that is to say they intervene to prevent problems by setting up maintenance and control guides, they help to train other employees, they are valuable assets during the training. design and installation of equipment and are always looking for opportunities to improve material performance .

Of course, they can also provide diagnostics for breaks or breakdowns because they are extremely versatile , but after that they will be sure to provide advice and improvement strategies. And their versatility has no limit: hydraulic, pneumatic, lubrication, automation, mechanics, electricity, computers, robotics ... nothing is to their test!... [-]

Canada Levis
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Parkland College

With career options that range from office assistant to top-level management, business administration is a popular career field among students planning transfer to a four ... [+]

With career options that range from office assistant to top-level management, business administration is a popular career field among students planning transfer to a four-year college or university. Our transfer degree offers freshman and sophomore-level general business courses, as well as courses in accounting, business computer systems, and business law.

The business administration program includes courses in general business, accounting, finance, marketing, and management we well as general education courses. The option is available to take most classes in the online format.

The following recommendations apply to courses and programs in all of these fields:

To transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in business administration as a junior, students need to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Students are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. degree prior to transfer. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Students should plan their transfer programs with a Parkland academic advisor or counselor and the degree requirements of the four-year college or university they plan to attend. ... [-]
USA Champaign
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Moraine Valley Community College

This program requires a minimum of 64 credit hours and offers the foundation courses required in the first two years of a music degree. Students interested in transferrin ... [+]

A.F.A. Degree Art, Music & Theatre Transfer

Students can complete their first two years of study at Moraine Valley for virtually any bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. Each of the Moraine Valley’s associate degrees—Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)—are a combination of core general education courses and major-specific electives. For a successful transfer, students must consider which four-year college or university they wish to attend and will need to select coursework carefully. Moraine Valley academic advisors are available to help students develop an individual educational plan.... [-]

USA Palos Hills
September 2019
Full-time
64 - 65 hours
Campus
Goodwin College

Do you have a talent for working with numbers and organizing information? The demand for skilled Accounting professionals in the workforce continues to increase as employ ... [+]

Do you have a talent for working with numbers and organizing information? The demand for skilled Accounting professionals in the workforce continues to increase as employers seek individuals with strong skills and financial competencies. Goodwin College will prepare you to meet their needs and take your place as a valued employee. In our career-oriented associate degree program in Accounting, you will learn to manage bookkeeping and lower-level accounting operations in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. You will gain experience in entering transactional, adjusting, and closing entries into an accounting system; investigating trial balance discrepancies; managing payroll; and preparing financial reports. As an Accounting professional, you will organize, analyze, summarize, and report financial data through the knowledge and application of accounting concepts and principles. You will strengthen your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills by identifying, gathering, measuring, and summarizing financial data. You will learn to integrate and apply technological skills to accounting and business problems; develop awareness of professional and ethical issues facing the accounting industry; and create professional financial reports and analysis for users of accounting information. Upon completion of the associate degree in Accounting program, you will be prepared to sit for the professional certification in bookkeeping, QuickBooks, and Microsoft Excel. Our program can prepare you to work in a variety of settings as a:... [-]

USA East Hartford
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 - 4 semesters
Campus
Wallace State Community College

Wallace State offers an education that prepares students for seamless transfer to any number of public and private colleges and universities. ... [+]

About the Program

Wallace State offers an education that prepares students for seamless transfer to any number of public and private colleges and universities.

The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a course of study in a liberal arts area.

The Associate in Science degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a career of study in a general field or specialized professional field.

More than a hundred degree, career, and transfer options are offered through Wallace State. Some popular transfer programs include agriculture, dentistry, education, engineering, pre-law, pre-medicine, pharmacy, social work, and veterinary medicine.... [-]

USA Hanceville
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
Snow College

Agribusiness and Agriculture majors will want to complete an Associate of Science (AS), the AS is a transfer degree. ... [+]

Agribusiness

Agribusiness and Agriculture majors will want to complete an Associate of Science (AS), the AS is a transfer degree. Agri. Business and Agriculture students find it an ideal preparation for entrance into professions such as agriculture business management as well as many other business careers, livestock production, crop production, agriculture sales, agriculture marketing, agriculture education, and natural resource areas e.g. range management, forestry, grazing management and soil conservation.

Which Classes Should I Take?

It depends on your educational and career goals. Talk to Agribusiness/Agriculture director Jay Olsen or a Student Success Advisor. Note, the recommendations given are general suggestions—every major in Agriculture has different requirements. Students who have a transfer institution in mind should consult that institutions' Agriculture Department counselor regarding course transferability as soon as possible.... [-]

USA Ephraim
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus