Types of college degrees

It is seen that majority of students are deciding to continue their studies in college. Because they will earn more money in their life time career that someone who had only a high school diploma. When deciding to continue studies in a college they will face many different types of college degrees available for their choices. Each type of college degree has its program requirements and duration. In the following we are going to introduce these types in details:

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are the simplest courses, but are often a fast track option to a specialized career of your choice. Certificate programs generally are short term courses which train you in a very niche segment of your career and are used by people who are looking to update their knowledge of a particular subject. Certificate programs enhance your know how of a particular subject, so they should be supplemented with some other course as well. What these college degrees do is that they provide you a skill, which may be a beneficial to you on the job, but you may not have learned. For example, suppose you are an engineer in a company, but also want to learn how the finances work, you can enroll yourself in such a certificate program and that qualification can suffice if you wish to work in the financial department of your company. The good thing about certificate courses is that you are provided with the coursework and tests online, which negates the need to sit in a classroom.


This type of degree, which typically takes one year, could qualify you for professions such as a secretary, computer repairperson, paralegal or cosmetologist.

 Associate Degree

Associate’s degrees are generally two-year programs. Specific associate degrees include the associate of arts (A.A.), associate of science (A.S.), associate of arts in teaching (A.A.T.), associate of engineering science (A.E.S.) and the associate of fine arts (A.F.A.). While associate’s degree programs will introduce students to basic principles in their specific field of study, they tend to place a heavier emphasis on general education principles.

Bachelor Degree

Bachelor Degree, punishing four years of university studies full time. This degree is equivalent to a license. There are two types of disciplines according Bachelor: Bachelor of Art in the humanities and arts, and Bachelor of Science for others. In principle, a Bachelor Degree offers the option to either continue their education leading to specialized trades senior, either directly integrates life. Students must specialize in a specific discipline (accounting, math, science, etc…). This specific discipline is called “Major”.

Master Degree

A Master Degree punishes two years full-time university studies performed following a Bachelor Degree (Bachelor + 2 years). This degree is equivalent to a Master. Master Degree can be optionally qualified by discipline (Master in Arts, Master in Sciences, Master in Education, etc…) This is usually a two-year degree prepared that specializes in a specific area of the business world. Students admitted to a program leading to the Master’s very often have their Bachelor’s Degree in a similar specialty.


An MBA is actually a Master Degree in Business Administration – Master in Business Administration (MBA). MBA students are not necessarily specialists in finance or marketing. Found in this category including military students, architects, doctors, etc… It is against mandatory to have work experience before.


PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) punishes two to three years of full-time university studies, performed following a Master’s Degree (Master + 2 to 3 years). This degree is equivalent to a PhD. The PhD requires the submission of a thesis, which is a very in-depth research report that absolutely must be done before graduation. It is always required of students pursuing a PhD, and may sometimes be required of students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree.