Online Associate Degrees

Most associates degrees take 2 years to complete. Once you earn an associate's degree, you usually will need an additional 60 credit hours (about 2 years of college education) in order to complete a bachelor's degree. While some graduates go on to complete a bachelor's degree, others the workforce and obtain entry-level career positions.

Many associate's degrees are now available entirely online, enabling students to earn their degree at their own pace, according their schedule. According to the National Center of Education Statistics, over 50% of all degrees earned online are associate's degrees – so rest assured you're in good company.

Associate's degree programs typically consist of three components: general education courses, major courses, and elective courses. Earning an associate's degree requires full-time study for 4 semesters, or 2 years (15 credits per semester). However, many schools offer accelerated online programs that enable studet to earn their associate's degree much quicker. Online associate degrees are almost identical to campus-based associate degrees earn in the classroom, but online degrees can be completed entirely over the Internet via distance education.

Associate degrees are typically offered in an occupational area (such as Veterinary Science) or in liberal arts (such as an associate degree in humanities). Occupational associate degrees (specifically the Associate of Applied Science Degree) are now preferred by many employers for mid-level technology positions. An associates degree in liberal arts is good choice for students planning on pursuing a bachelor's degree upon graduation.

Accreditation
Earning an associate degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution is imperative if you plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university following graduation. Most four-year colleges and universities are regionally accredited and will only accept transfer credits from other regionally accredited schools. Unfortunately, many community colleges and vocational schools hold national accreditation status. Credits earned at a nationally accredited institution are not transferrable to regionally accredited institution.

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