What Are the Different College Degree Levels?

What Are the Different College Degree Levels?

In the United States, there are associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral college degree levels, with nondegree options including sub-baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs. Doctoral programs are split into two groups, including those for research and scholarship and those in professional practice.

An associate degree is typically a 2-year program completed at a community college and may lead to such careers as nurse or teacher's aide, mentions cafecollege.org. A bachelor's degree takes 2 additional years of study beyond the associate degree, although students can enroll without an associate degree and take 4 years of classes.

A master's degree program usually requires a bachelor's degree for admission and can take 1 to 3 years to complete. A doctoral degree can take between 3 and 8 years of post-bachelor's degree study, depending on the field and any other graduate studies completed.