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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
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
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
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
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

Helping people: This is the reason for insurance and financial services. Upstream, brokers, agents and planners who advise clients by offering products tailored to their ... [+]

Helping people: This is the reason for insurance and financial services.

Upstream, brokers , agents and planners who advise clients by offering products tailored to their financial and family situation to help them achieve their financial goals or to get flawless protection in the event of a hard time. In the field, claims adjusters who move to the scene of the tragedy, take matters into their own hands and conduct their investigation . Behind them, subscribers , who master the statistics , study the files and act as a resource to their colleagues.

At the heart of everything: the customers. Families, businesses, yoga schools, restaurants, festivals; a phenomenal diversity . Impossible to be bored!... [-]

Canada Levis
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of Management and Technology

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

About

The ASCS offers courses for students who are high school graduates 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 armed forces.

The ASCS 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.

The core studies include both practical and theoretic courses. General education courses are included that are designed to broaden a student's educational foundation. They include courses in such areas as communications, English, government, history, psychology, sociology, mathematics, and statistics.... [-]

USA Arlington
September 2019
Online
Seward County Community College

Engineering applies the theories and principals of science and mathematics to research and develops economical solutions to technical problems. Engineers design products, ... [+]

When you complete the engineering course of study at Seward County Community College, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of options within the engineering profession. Our associate's degree or one-year transfer program will provide you with a broad knowledge base in science, mathematics, and communications. The rigor and challenge of an engineering career are evident in the types of courses, course load, and time-management skills required in the associate's degree program. If you enjoy science, mathematics, and solving problems, the engineering field may be a good option for you to explore.

Curriculum

Suggested courses and information provided on curriculum pages are not to be used in place of academic advisement from the student's assigned advisor. Students should always visit with an advisor before enrollment to ensure selected options contribute to the overall course of study, academic schedule, and student success.... [-]

USA Liberal
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Wallace State Community College

Program length is approximately 63 semester hours. Students may need to take remedial classes (thus increasing hours required) depending on placement test scores. ... [+]

About the Business Administration Program

Program length is approximately 63 semester hours. Students may need to take remedial classes (thus increasing hours required) depending on placement test scores.

Completion Outline

The Business Administration Program is designed for students who wish to pursue a four-year degree in a business-related area such as Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing. General Education Core courses and Professional Core courses are taken at WSCC and then transferred to a four-year institution. As students progress through the curriculum, contact must be made with the four-year (senior) institution to ensure that guidelines are met for transfer.... [-]

USA Hanceville
September 2019
Full-time
5 semesters
Campus
College of Marin

The course offerings are designed to familiarize students with the facts, theories, and contemporary trends in psychology and human development and how these principles c ... [+]

The course offerings are designed to familiarize students with the facts, theories, and contemporary trends in psychology and human development and how these principles can be incorporated into a meaningful understanding of oneself. For students intending to major in psychology, there are several areas of concentration and career options.

Career Options

Activities Director, Administrator, Advertising Account Executive, Art Therapist, Child Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Community Mental Health Worker, Correctional Officer, Counselor, Customer Service Representative, Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Employee Relations Specialist, Employment Interviewer/Counselor, Experimental Psychologist, Industrial Psychologist, Manpower Development Specialist, Market Research Analyst, Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, Minister, Personnel Specialist, Probation/ Parole Officer, Program Director, Psychiatric Social Worker, Psychiatric Technician, Psychiatrist, Psychometrist, Public Health Educator, Public Relations Representative, Recreation Specialist/ Therapist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Research Assistant, Residential Counselor, Sales Representative, School Psychologist, Special Education, Speech Pathologist/Therapist, Statistician, Training Specialist, Welfare Worker, Youth Organization Leader... [-]

USA Kentfield Novato
September 2019
Full-time
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
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Civil Engineering Technology graduates are prepared for careers in the civil engineering and surveying fields. As a civil engineering technician, you examine and interpre ... [+]

Civil Engineering Technology graduates are prepared for careers in the civil engineering and surveying fields. As a civil engineering technician, you examine and interpret prints and specifications; confer with contractors and owners to enforce contract specifications, building codes, and zoning ordinances; test soils, asphalt, and concrete and observe and inspect other related construction activities; perform land surveying and computer aided drafting; and observe building, highway and utility construction. With additional education and work experience, you can become a professional licensed civil engineering, construction superintendent, building inspector, civil designer, construction projects manager, or professional land surveyor. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.... [-]

USA Green Bay
August 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