Understanding the Different College Degrees

Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate... Do these words sound confusing to you? While terms like these are thrown around regularly by teachers and parents, keeping them all straight in your mind can be a challenge. Here's a quick rundown of what you're getting into with each degree:

Associate's Degree

An associate's degree can be earned at a community college, or a regular university. It usually only takes two years to complete. You can also earn an associate's degree at a vocational or technical school!

Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's Degree is what you earn at a college or university. The normal time to earn this degree is four years. Community colleges do not offer this type of degree program, but if you earn an associate's degree from a community college, you can attend a four-year college for two more years and earn your Bachelor's Degree.

Confused yet? Don't worry, there are only two more to go!

Master's Degree

Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees are considered undergraduate degrees, but now we're in the land of graduate degrees. A Master's Degree is earned when you complete two more years of school after earning your Bachelor's Degree, meaning that when you get this degree, you've completed six years of college.

Doctoral Degree

This is it. The highest step, as far as college goes. A Doctoral degree is earned when someone with a Master's Degree completes two additional years of schooling. That's eight total years of college! But after this degree, you're done! You've gotten a PhD, and you're now a doctor.