The length of time a degree takes depends on the type, with a two-year associate degree being the shortest traditional college degree program. A bachelor's or undergraduate degree normally takes four years to complete. Graduate and professional degree programs vary in length.
A master's degree is an advanced degree that normally takes one or two years to complete. A doctoral degree is a research-based advanced degree that requires at least four years to complete. Professional degrees, such as those completed by medical doctors and lawyers, typically require at least three years of school after a bachelor's degree is finished. In some cases, students can combined undergraduate and graduate degrees into one program to reduce the total time.