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Types of Degrees

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  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Masters Degree
  • Ph.D Degree  


An “Associate's degree” is awarded by either a community college, or University upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years. 

Types of Associate's degrees:

  • Associate in Engineering Technology 
  • Associate of Nursing 
  • Associate in Physical Therapy 
  • Associate of Arts 
  • Associate of Science 
  • Associate of Applied Arts 
  • Associate of Applied Business 
  • Associate of Applied Science 
  • Associate of Business Administration 
  • Associate of Engineering 
  • Associate of Political Science 
  • Associate of Software Development  


Bachelors Degree in the United States consists of four years of study at an institution of higher learning which are called 

  • Freshman Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior Year 

The two most common bachelor degree given in the US are

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (called the B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (called the B.A.)

Completing a Bachelors Degree

All students pursuing a Bachelors Degree must select a major by the end of their second year. Students must complete a required number of courses within their major in order to graduate with a bachelor degree in that major. For example, a student majoring in 'Anthropology' will not only have to complete 'Anthropology', but also calculus, chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics etc. in order to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology. Students are required to complete a series of courses outside their major in addition to the requirements for the major. 

Some Majors our students have opted for:

  • Applied Engineering Technology
  • Architecture 
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business and Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering 
  • Environmental Science
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences 
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Music Industry
  • Psychology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sport Management

Types of Universities that offer a Bachelors Degree

  • Private Universities 
  • Public Universities 
  • Liberal Arts Colleges 
  • Institutes of technology 
  • Religiously Affiliated Universities  

Students traditionally apply for admission into colleges. Admissions criteria greatly differ but are broadly based on the ‘Grades earned in high school’, ‘Grade Point Average’, ‘Class ranking’, and ‘Standardized test scores such as the SAT or ACT’. Some colleges also consider factors like personal essay or statement of purpose, extracurricular activities, participation in sports, etc. 


A master's degree is granted to students who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery on a specific field of study or area of professional practice.

Some Masters Degree Programs that our students have gone for:

  • Accountancy
  • Aeronautical Science
  • Applied Science
  • Architecture
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Finance
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Developmental Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Geographic Information Science and Systems
  • Health Administration
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Kinetics
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • International Business
  • Information Technology
  • Information System Management
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Professional Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Master of Public Management
  • Social Work
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology  


The Ph.D. is the highest degree awarded by universities in the United States and most of the other countries. Most Ph.D programs consist of two steps.

Step 1:  The first step consists of coursework in the area in which the student wants to specialize. This phase consists of normal classroom teaching, tests, mid-term examinations etc. This phase lasts for the first 2-3 years.   

Step 2: The second step usually requires research work and presentation in the form of a written dissertation, which ranges from 500 to 1000  pages in length. This step again takes anywhere from 2-3 years.

Getting Admitted in a Ph.D Program

Out of the 282 universities in the United States that award a PhD degree, the selection criteria varies widely depending on a Bachelors and Masters Degree, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose, Standardized Test Scores, past work in the field of interest etc.

Financial Assistance for your Ph.D Program

Most PhD students typically receive a tuition waiver and some form of annual stipend.

Some Ph.D. programs that our students have gone to
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Doctor of Arts
  • Doctor Of Management
  • Doctor of Organizational Leadership 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 June 2011 08:52 )  

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