Associate Degree Programs
An associates degree is designed to prepare students (1) for a bachelors degree, by allowing them to complete general education requirements prior to transferring to a 4-year university, and (2) for entry level career positions. Associate degrees include:
Associate of Arts - This degree is typically designed for students who intend to transfer to a 4-year college or university following the completion of their degree. Students usually focus their studies in the social sciences and humanities.
Associate of Science - Like the Associate of Arts this degree is frequently earned by students who plan on transferring to a 4-year college or university. However, students usually focus their studies in mathematics, technology or natural sciences.
Associate of Fine Arts - This degree is usually pursued by students in Theater, Music, and Art and can be transferable. This degree often does not satisfy general education requirements of most 4-year colleges and universities.
Associate of Arts in Teaching - This degree can allow students who transfer to a participating 4-year college or university to receive credit for approved education courses. This degree can also qualify students for Teacher's Aide career positions. This degree can be earned while pursuing a bachelor's degree.
An associates degree can be earned in as little as two years (and sometimes even faster via a fast track program). An associate degree can equip students with the foundational knowledge and skills required to get started in a new career.