US Academic Degree Types
Are you planning to get a degree from the USA or researching college/university options or exploring online/campus degree programs? The US Higher Education System offers in general 4 Degree Types as detailed below.
Associate's Degree Programmes
Associate's degree programmes are offered through community colleges. Types of associate’s degree examples are:
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Science
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Occupational Studies
If you eventually want to earn a bachelor’s degree, take an AA or AS program. AAS and AOS programs are meant to help you find a job immediately after earning your degree.
Bachelor's Degree Programmes
Bachelor's degree programmes are offered through various University Colleges and University Departments. Types of bachelor's degree examples are
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
You also may earn a more specialized bachelor’s degree, such as a bachelor of arts in journalism.
Colleges and universities in the USA have their own list of majors in which you can earn a bachelor’s degree. Some schools may allow you to create your own college major.
Master's Degree Programmes
Graduate schools across the United States offers Masters's programmes also called Graduate Programmes in many-many study disciplines. The subject you study in a Grad School will determine the type of master’s degree you will earn, for example:
- Master of Arts
- Master of Science
- Master of Business Administration
Some master’s degree programs are terminal, but others can eventually lead to a doctoral degree.
Doctoral Degree Programmes
A doctor of philosophy (PhD) is the most common type of doctoral degree. After this stage opportunities are open for Post Doctoral Research in academics and innumerable opportunities in the industry.