US College Degree Levels Explained

If you’ve been researching colleges and universities inside the United States and have hit a brick wall when discussion of degree levels came into the picture, you’re not alone. Many students trying to study inside the US find that determining which US degree level they need to pursue can be a challenge. During the month of May our guest advisors, Matthew Peipert and Jamie Battjes, from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) hosted a Hangout On Air to bring you information on different degree levels. If you weren’t able to join the Hangout, here’s what you missed:

Undergraduate Studies
There are two types of degrees that fall within the undergraduate studies category: an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree.

An associate’s degree is obtained after the first two years of studies (or its part time equivalent), while a bachelor’s degree is obtained after a four or five year program (or its part time equivalent). The following associate’s and bachelor’s degrees can be obtained:

Graduate Studies
After your undergraduate studies have been completed, what’s next? If you wish to continue your education your graduate studies will follow. During this time you will pursue your master’s degree which can come in the form of any of the following:

Post-Graduate Studies
Once you’ve obtained your master’s degree you’re then able to pursue a doctoral degree. You must obtain a master’s degree prior to pursuing a doctoral degree as a doctoral degree is the most advanced degree level available.

Which degree do you need?

If you do not yet have a degree from a college or university you will start at the beginning and start the pursuit of either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. Students are able to start their higher education journey by obtaining an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. After a bachelor’s degree is obtained students can purse their master’s degree, followed by a doctoral degree.

Keep in mind that not every school will offer every degree level. When searching for a college or university inside the US to attend ensure that they offer the degree you need.

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By admin on 2nd February 2018 · Posted in Local Naija News

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