- Higher Education
Education provided by universities, vocational universities (community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and technical colleges, etc.) and other collegial institutions that award academic degrees.
- Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Focuses on job-specific skills. A Certificate of Achievement is typically half the credits of an Associates degree. With this certificate, students typically take very limited general education courses (maybe only English and math). Later, if a student wants, they can go on to get an AAS degree.
- Associate of Arts (AA)
The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. With an Associate of Arts degree, students are qualified to transfer to a four-year college or university with junior standing.
- Associate of Science (AS)
The Associate of Science degree is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Science degree. The Associate of Science degree provides the math and science background students need to transfer to a four-year college or university with junior standing.
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
An Associate of Applied Science (AAS), generally attainable in two years, is considered a “terminal” degree. In other words, it is a degree someone might get if they have no intention of continuing on to get a Bachelor’s Degree. (Not all the credits will transfer into a Bachelor’s degree program.) It is also considered “vocational”, meaning that at the end of this degree a person will be ready for their chosen career, with no further degree necessary.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of Science (BS)
A Bachelor’s Degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases, five or six years.
- Master of Arts (MA)/Master of Science (MS)
A Master’s degree is a postgraduate academic degree awarded after the completion of a program of one to three years in duration. This acknowledgment comprises about 4-6 years of university study in total.
- Postgraduate Education
Often known as graduate education, involves studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor’s degree is required, and is normally considered to be part of tertiary or higher education. In North America this level is generally referred to as graduate school.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
An advanced academic degree.