There are several types of college degrees that prospective students can choose from, including associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The basic college degree is the four-year bachelor's degree, the most common of which are the bachelor of science and the bachelor of arts, depending on the subject studied.
Students also can choose an associate's degree, which typically takes about two years to complete and can be a precursor to a bachelor's degree. It also is awarded as an associate of arts, an associate of science or other specialty degree. Other college degrees include master of arts, master of science, law degrees, medical degrees and doctorate degrees. These are graduate degrees that require additional coursework above the bachelor's degree level.