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An Associate 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. Evidently it would take longer as a part-time student. Within the United States, the associates typically falls into three main categories; Associates of Arts (AA), Associates of Science (AS), and Associates of Applied Science (AAS). An associates of arts (AA), and associates in science (AS) degrees are typically designed for transfer to a four year college or university. Therefore, these degrees have a strong liberal arts emphasis and include a good balance of humanities, social science, and written communication along with the exact sciences especially in higher level math. They also have the foundational course work needed as prerequisites for the higher level courses at the four year institution. The AAS was typically designed as a terminal degree giving the student all the expertise needed to enter the workforce after completion of the degree. However, today, many AAS degrees are transferable, but the student should meet with the transfer counselor for appropriate direction when it comes to the AAS degrees. Depending on the program of study and state mandates, the associates can take anywhere from 60 to 64 credits to complete. Some programs of study (usually within the health related fields) may take a bit more in credits.

The bachelors degree is designed as a four year program of study provided the student takes the degree as prescribed by the college or university. Again, part-time students will take longer to complete the degree. How long it would take depends on the credit load taken per semester. Basically, within the United States there are two common categories; Bachelors of Arts (BA), and Bachelors of Science (BS). It depends on the institution and department within the school as to which focus they prefer.

The BA has a broader scope, with a strong emphasis on the humanities, theoretical and general knowledge in a recognized discipline, interdisciplinary field, or of a professional study.

The BS is more of a focused approach with a science base to include a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, math and computer oriented skills, and practical skills needed for a particular discipline within the field.

The number of credits required depends on the program of study. In general, the bachelors can take between 120 and 128 credits to complete. Some programs of study may take more. For example, architecture.

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Earning an associates degress takes less time and money than a bachelors degree. It is not as high of a degree as a bachelors, but it gets you into the work force quicker and with less school debt.

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Is bachelors required before an associates?

No the associate degree comes first followed by the bachelor's degree. However, many students go directly for the bachelor's degree without pursuing the associates degree.

If you have your Associates degree can you just go for your master's degree?

No, the prerequisite for the master's degree is a bachelor's degree.

What is the lower degree of bachelor?

I think you mean an Associates degree . That is below a baccalaureate.

Can I get an associate's degree in one field after getting a bachelors degree in another?

Yes you can. Many individuals with an existing bachelor's degree take an associate degree to either supplement the bachelor's or choose another career path that the associates can offer. Some courses will be able to be transferred from your bachelor's to the associates. How many depends on the program of study at the bachelor's level, and the one you choose at the associates level.

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Can you earn a MBA without an associates?

The requirement is a bachelor's degree.

What is the associate's degree equivilency to a bachelor's degree?

The associate's degree is not equivalent to the bachelor's degree. If a student chose to start with the associates degree the bachelor's would be the next step to a higher degree. Typically, the order of degrees from lowest to highest is as follows. * Associates * Bachelors * Master's * Doctorate (highest level of educational attainment)

Which is better a undergraduate degree or a associate's degree?

Associates degree is an undergraduate degree. The associates and bachelor's degrees are undergraduate degrees, The master's and doctorate degrees are graduate degrees.

Is there a school that will combine my associates towards a bachelor's degree?

Most all colleges and universities will evaluate your prior coursework toward a bachelor's degree. How many credits will transfer from your associates degree will be dependent on which program of study you choose.

What is the difference between a associate's degree in criminal justice and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice?

An Associates Degree is a 2 year degree and a Bachelor Degree is a 4 year degree. A Bachelor Degree will give you a lot more career options.

How long does it take to get a bachelor's degree in business management?

Two Years For An Associates, And Four Years For A Bachelor's.

Do you need a associate's degree to get a bachelor's degree at university of phoenix online?

There is no requirement to have an Associates degree prior to getting a Bachelor's degree. Your admission counselor should be able to help you with the requirements.