How Long Does It Take to Get an Associate Degree?

How Long Does It Take to Get an Associate Degree?

How Long Does It Take to Get an Associate Degree?

It takes two years to get an associate degree for students taking the recommended full-time course load. Associate degree programs at U.S. colleges require a minimum of 60 credits, though additional credits may be required depending on the program.

While virtually all associate degree programs are designed to be completed in two years, many students - especially those who maintain employment during their studies - usually take more than two years to finish a degree. On the other hand, students who take courses during the summer or who take a heavier course load each term can finish an associate degree program in less than two years. Some associate degree graduates move directly into careers, while others transfer into a bachelor’s degree program as junior-level students.