What Is the Order of College Degrees?

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From least to most advanced, college degrees include associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctorate degrees. Associate and bachelor’s degrees are undergraduate degrees, whereas master’s and doctorate degrees are graduate degrees.

Different types of degrees fall within these four degree levels. For example, bachelor’s degrees include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. The type of degree pursued largely depends on personal interest and career aspirations. For instance, a student would not pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree if his goal is to work in engineering. In this case, a Bachelor of Science is more appropriate.