Online Associate Degrees

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It usually takes about 2 years to complete an associate degree. Many students complete associate degrees at local community colleges, and after they’ve completed a program, transfer earned credits to 4-year colleges and universities to enroll in bachelor’s programs, which are usually 60 more credits long. Numerous opportunities are now available for students of all ages because of the growth of online universities and programs. More than 50 percent of all college programs completed online are associate programs.

Each 60-credit associate program is composed of general education, major, and elective credits. To complete an associate program in 2 years, students must enroll in 15 credit hours each semester if they plan on being in school for 2 semesters a year. However, students enrolled in online programs can study at their convenience. Those desiring to complete an associate program quicker can enroll in an accelerated program. Although online programs are completed entirely online, they have many similarities to traditional programs offered on campuses.

Associate programs can be completed at technical, community, and 4-year colleges and universities. General education or programs with specific majors are available at the majority of these institutions. There are also vocational training (Associate of Applied Science) programs available for students wanting to develop a specific skill, such as plumbing, automotive repair, etc. In fact, many technology firms heavily recruit individuals with Associate of Applied Science degrees to fill mid-level jobs.

Many associate degrees completed online, whether the emphasis be in science, business, or social science, can be transferred to 4-year schools offering bachelor’s programs.

Types of Associate Degree Programs:

  • Associate of Arts (AA) Degree
    Students acquiring these degrees usually transfer earned credits to four-year institutions.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree
    Credits earned from these programs can also be transferred to 4-year schools and applied towards bachelor’s programs. AAS degrees usually have industry specific titles, such as Associate in Engineering Technology.
  • Associate of Science (AS) Degree
    Many graduates transfer earned credits from these programs towards bachelor’s degrees offered at traditional colleges or universities.
  • Associate of Occupational Study (AOS) Degree
    Gradates of these programs leave school with specific job skills. It usually takes two years to earn an occupational degree. Most gradates begin their careers immediately after earning an occupational degree, although some graduates apply earned credits towards bachelor’s programs.

Online Associate Degrees Available

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