Associate degrees are college degrees awarded to students after they earn enough credit. Associate degrees usually take around 2 years to complete, depending on the college or university attended. Associate degrees prepare graduates to go on to a career after graduation or it allows them to go on to earn a bachelor's degree. Associate degrees can be earned at the university level or at a junior college level. Many students choose to earn their associate degree at a junior college and then transfer their credits to a university or college to pursue their bachelor degree.
What are the advantages to earning associate degrees?
• Associate degrees can be completed in around two years.
• Many professional and higher-paying jobs require that candidates have a minimum of an associate degree in a specialized field to be considered for employment.
• Associate degrees are less expensive than bachelor degrees.
• Associate degrees allow you to move on to earn bachelor degrees.
There are three general categories of associate degrees:
1. An Associate of Arts degree is awarded to students with a major in the social sciences or humanities, or to those students who have not yet declared an area of concentration. These students usually intend on pursuing a bachelor degree after graduation.
2. An Associate of Science degree is awarded to students who have declared an area of concentration in mathematics, natural sciences, or technology.
3. An Associate of Applied Science degree is usually awarded to students who intend to enter the workforce upon graduation. This degree program is a more general area of study.
As time progressed and the business world began to change, more and more companies began to recognize and understand the importance of a college education. College provided students with the advanced knowledge and skills that they would need to succeed in the business world. Not only would these skills and knowledge be beneficial to the individuals, but the companies that they worked for would also benefit. This is when college degrees really started become almost a necessity for certain employment opportunities.
There are two main types of bachelor degrees that are awarded for completing an accredited college program of study. They are bachelor of science degrees, referred to as a BS degrees, and the bachelor of arts degree, referred to as a BA degrees. Bachelor degrees are the degrees that most students are pursuing when they enroll in a university or college in the United States.
Students pursuing bachelor degrees must select or declare their major by the end of their sophomore year. Students are then required to complete a required number of courses toward their major in order to graduate with a bachelor degree in that major. They also must complete general classes of study along with their major. There are a variety of majors to choose from when earning bachelor degrees. Someone may choose to earn a bachelor degree in finance or computer science or criminology or psychology, and the list just goes on and on.
People with bachelor degrees have the potential to earn substantially more than those who do not posses bachelor degrees. In fact, it has become increasingly popular for companies to require job applicants to have bachelor degrees as a condition of employment.
With the invention of the Internet, the business world was turned upside down. Businesses are now required to deal with globalization in order to stay competitive in their industry. And so entered an increased importance and demand for master's degrees - an academic degree awarded for completion of a postgraduate (or graduate) curriculum. Master's degrees are the highest form of education under earning a doctorate or a PhD. Master's degrees can be earned in online programs or in on-campus programs. Master's degrees are offered for a variety of specialties, giving students quite a variety of choices to choose from as far as majors are concerned.
Master's degrees are certifications to employers and potential employers that you have been trained in general business management as well as specifically trained on the applications that have to do with your specialty. More and more companies are now requiring that managers within their firm to have or obtain a master's degree as a condition for employment. While bachelor degrees provide students with advanced knowledge and theories of the subject of the major studied, master's degrees take it a step further by teaching students how to apply the theories and knowledge that they have learned from a bachelor degree and apply it to real-world business situations.
Besides being able to earn master's degrees online or on-campus, there are three main programs available to earn master's degrees.
1. Full-time: Full-time master's degrees are typically sought by students who have just graduated from undergrad and go directly to graduate school. These types of students usually to do work, or at least do not work in a full-time capacity yet.
2. Executive -- Master's degrees earned in an executive program are usually pursued by employers of a company that are asked to or want to attend a master's program to enhance their managers leadership and management skills. Some companies will have a group of managers complete the program together. Executive master's programs are targeted at those individuals who are already employed, but need to enhance these skills in order to be better leaders or to be marketable for a promotion into management. The time to earn master's degrees in executive MBA programs is usually shorter than a full-time program.
3. Weekend -- Master's degrees earned in a weekend program also teach managerial expertise, learning, and innovation and fit easily into a working professional's schedule because they only need to attend classes on weekends. The time to earn master's degrees in weekend MBA programs is usually shorter than a full-time program.