How long does it take to earn an associate's degree?
If you go to school full time (at least 15 credits per
semester), you can complete your degree in two years. However, the
average amount of time it takes to complete an associates degree in
the U.S. attending school part time is six years.
Though associate's degree are two-year programs, it will take
longer if basic skills courses are needed. Most colleges and
universities require all incoming students who are entering a
program of study be tested for basic skills. The test is broken
down into four parts: sentence sense(grammar), reading
comprehension, math computation, and elementary algebra. If a
student does not meet the minimum score requirement in any of these
areas, they are required to take non-credit refresher courses that
must meet state requirements. Thus, it is possible that some
students may have up to one academic year just in remedial courses
before entering the college level courses. Then again, it could be
a mixture of both remedial and college level. There are some
exemptions from basic skills testing like high SAT scores, but the
student should ask for the list of exemptions. The testing is to
ensure that students are appropriately prepared to handle the
college level courses successfully.
The associates degree is designed as a two year program of study
as a full-time student provided the student takes the degree as
prescribed by the college. There are some programs of study that
may take a bit longer depending on the number of credits required.
Usually these are programs within the health related fields. In
addition, for students who require developmental course work as a
result of basic skills testing, it would take longer. How much
longer would depend on the extent of the developmental courses they
are required to take. Evidently, those individuals who attend
college on a part-time based would also extend their time in
school. How much longer would depend on the credit load carried
each semester. Typically, an associates degree takes between 60
and 64 credits to complete depending on the specific school,
program of study, and state mandates. Associates
Here is more input:
- Typically two of full time study. Full time study is generally,
12 to 15 credits per semester. It depends on the college. Most
schools have a course sequence chart on-line.
- AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE REQUIRES TWO (2) YEARS OF COMMUNITY/JUNIOR
COLLEGE: Community (aka Junior) Colleges offer Associate Degrees
after successful completion of a TWO (2) YEAR curriculum. Some
curricula may vary from the two year standard due to the particular
field of study.