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
To learn more about specific associate degree programs select a degree category below.
- Liberal Arts & General Studies
- Business Administration
- Communication Arts
- Computer Information Systems
- Network Administration & Computer Networking
- Computer Programming
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Development
- Fire Science
- Graphic Design
- Health Administration
- Health Sciences
- Hospitality Management
- Human Resources Management
- Information Technology
- Paralegal Studies
- Medical Assistant
- Social Sciences
- Web Design
- Veterinary Technician
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Featured Schools that Offer Associate Degrees
|Kaplan University Kaplan University's campus locations provide the facilities, faculty, staff and career programs to help you achieve your personal goals. You can learn from professionals specializing in identifying career opportunities and preparing students for a brighter future. Learn More >|
|Everest University Online Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, makes career education convenient and accessible. With courses tailored for working students and others who need a more flexible class schedule, Everest University Online allows students to learn from home and offers the same well-respected curriculum available at our traditional campuses. Learn More >|
|Westwood College You have a dream, and we'll put you on the fast track to achieving it. Our degree programs provide you with the knowledge, tools and support you need to earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months, your bachelor's degree in as little as three years, or your master's degree in just over a year. By offering year-round classes focused on the most critical skills needed to start or advance your career, you can complete your coursework in less time than students at traditional schools. Learn More >|
|Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) At Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) we specialize in healthcare education in a supportive atmosphere that promotes student success. We educate future allied health professionals through our online classroom and at our campuses in Clearwater and Tampa, Florida. Since 1994, UMA has educated thousands of students for careers in the healthcare industry. Learn More >|
|American InterContinental University (AIU) You're serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelor's or master's degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7. Learn More >|