What is an online associate degree?
An Online Associate (AA, AS, AAS, AOS) Degree is an undergraduate degree that takes 2 years (60 credits) to complete. Students can earn their online associate degree from a junior or community college; 4-year colleges and universities may also offer associate degree programs.
Each 60-credit online associate program is composed of general education, major, and elective credits. To complete a traditional associate program in 2 years, doing 2 semesters a year, students must enroll in 15 credit hours each semester. Alternatively, students who are enrolled in online programs can study at their own pace. Those desiring to complete an associate program quicker than normal can enroll in an accelerated online associate program.
Growth of Online Associate Degrees
Numerous online associate degree opportunities are available for students of all ages because of the growth of online classes, programs, and colleges. In fact, 28.8% of students who are enrolled in a 2-year associate program are taking at least one online class and 10% are doing 100% of their classes through an online associate degree program.
Transferring Online Associate Degree Credits
Many online associate degrees, whether the degree emphasis is in science, business, or social science, can be transferred to 4-year schools offering bachelor’s programs. We do suggest that before you begin an online associate degree, that you check with the school you’ll be attending to ensure it is regionally or nationally accredited and that the school you want to transfer to will accept those credits once you have your associates.
Types of Online Associate Degree Programs
- Online Associate of Arts (AA) Degree
Students acquiring these degrees usually transfer earned credits to four-year institutions.
- Online Associate of Science (AS) Degree
Many graduates transfer earned credits from these programs towards bachelor’s degrees offered at traditional colleges or universities.
- Online 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.
- Online Associate of Occupational Study (AOS) Degree
Graduates of these programs leave school with specific job skills. It usually takes two years to earn an occupational degree. Most graduates begin their careers immediately after earning an occupational degree, although some graduates apply earned credits towards bachelor’s programs.
Online Associate Degree Programs
To learn more about specific online 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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General education or programs with specific majors are available at the majority of these institutions. There are also vocational training, also called Vo-tech, (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.
Featured Schools that Offer Associate Degrees
Southern New Hampshire University
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