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Bachelor's Degree

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Master's Degree

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First Professional Degree

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Doctoral Degree

 

Training Certificate: A training certificate is awarded for the successful completion of a program of study at a college, university, or private training provider or after passing a standardized industry test 

Diploma: A diploma is similar to a certificate but is often awarded for the successful completion of a program for specific employment skills beyond a certificate. 

Associate Degree: An associate degree is awarded for the successful completion of a roughly two-year education program at a post-secondary education institution, such as a community or technical college or a private career school but also universities

Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.):  The first two years (freshman-sophomore) of coursework which is designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree at four year colleges and universities.  It emphasizes broad general education.

Associate of Science Degree (A.S.):  The first two year of various majors leading to the baccalaureate or professional degree in several technical areas.  Students planning to continue their education should carefully plan their program with a counselor and follow the requirements of the institution to which they will be transferring.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.):  This degree is granted for successful completion of the occupational programs.  The A.A.S. career programs are designed to prepare students for entry into chosen occupations.  While the liberal arts courses and some technical courses may transfer to four-year programs, this is not considered a transfer degree.  Students planning to go on to a four-year degree should be aware that acceptance of technical credits at the four-year institution is dependent upon the policies of the individual schools. 

Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor's or baccalaureate degree is awarded for the successful completion of a roughly four-year education program at a post-secondary education institution, such as a four-year college or university

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.):

Bachelors of Science (B.S.):

Bachelors of Applied Technology (B.A.T.):

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Bachelor of Social Work (B.SW.)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N 

Master’s Degree: Are awarded in the academic disciplines and applied research fields for study and research from 1 to 3 years beyond the bachelor's degree or the first-professional degree. The length of the program depends upon the requirements of the discipline and the institutional faculty, which may include work in several fields related to the subject being studied.  Studies for research master's degrees involve the completion and defense of an independent thesis, the passing of comprehensive examinations set by the graduate faculty, and occasionally the completion of special projects in addition to participation in advanced seminars and courses.

§         Master of Architecture (M.Arch) is usually a 2-3 year professional degree.

§         Master of Arts (M.A.) is usually, but not always, awarded for research studies in a wide variety of subjects

§         Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is generally a one-year professional degree

§         Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is nearly always a 2 year professional degree in management

§         Master of Education (M.Ed.) are awarded for both professional and research studies in education subjects

§         Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) is a 2-3 year professional degree in studio, applied, or performing arts that is often considered a terminal degree

§         Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) is a 2-year professional degree

§         Master of Music (M.M.) is a 2-3 year degree in music that is usually professional (performance) but may sometimes be a research award

§         Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is usually a 2-year professional degree

§         Master of Science (M.S.) is awarded for both research and professional studies in a wide variety of subjects

§         Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) is usually a professional degree but also awarded for research

§         Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) is usually a 2-year professional degree

§         Master of Theology (Th.M.) is generally a research degree but may also be professional

First Professional Degree: A first professional degree is awarded for the completion of a program that meets all of the following criteria:

1.      Completion of the academic requirements to begin practice in the profession

2.      At least 2 years of college work prior to entering the program

3.      A total of at least 6 academic years of college work to complete the degree program, including prior required college work plus the length of the professional program itself.  Although first professional degrees often have the word "doctor" in their title, they are not research doctorates.

First Professional Degrees are offered in these 10 fields:

·        Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.)

·        Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.)

·        Law (J.D.)

·        Medicine (M.D.)

·        Optometry (O.D.)

·        Osteopathy (D.O.)

·        Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

·        Podiatry (D.P., Pod.D., or D.P.M.)

·        Theology (M.Div., M.H.L.)

·        Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

Doctoral Degree: A doctoral degree is the highest attainable academic degree. This degree is awarded for mastery of field of knowledge and demonstrated ability to independently perform scholarly research.   The best-known research doctorate title awarded in the United States is the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). However, there are a number of other doctoral titles that enjoy the same status and represent variants of the Ph.D. within certain fields. All of them have similar content requirements.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recognizes the following degrees:

·        Doctor of Arts (D.A.)

·        Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.)

·        Doctor of Applied Science (D.A.S.)

·        Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

·        Doctor of Chemistry (D.Chem.)

·        Doctor of Criminal Justice (D.C.J.)

·        Doctor of Comparative/Civil Law (D.C.L.)

·        Doctor of Criminology (D.Crim.)

·        Doctor of Environmental Design (D.E.D.)

·        Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.)

·        Doctor of Environment (D.Env.)

·        Doctor of Engineering Science (D.E.Sc./Sc.D.E.)

·        Doctor of Forestry (D.F.)

·        Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)

·        Doctor of Geological Science (D.G.S.)

·        Doctor of Hebrew Literature/Letters (D.H.L.)

·        Doctor of Health and Safety (D.H.S.)

·        Doctor of Hebrew Studies (D.H.S.)

·        Doctor of Industrial Technology (D.I.T.)

·        Doctor of Library Science (D.L.S.)

·        Doctor of Music (D.M.)

·        Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

·        Doctor of Musical Education (D.M.E.)

·        Doctor of Ministry (D.Min./D.M.)

·        Doctor of Modern Languages (D.M.L.)

·        Doctor of Music Ministry (D.M.M.)

·        Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.Sc.)

·        Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.Sc.)

·        Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.H.)

·        Doctor of Physical Education (D.P.E.)

·        Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.)

·        Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.)

·        Doctor of Design (Dr.DES.)

·        Doctor of Religious Education (D.R.E.)

·        Doctor of Recreation (D.Rec./D.R.)

·        Doctor of Science (D.Sc./Sc.D.)

·        Doctor of Science in Dentistry (D.Sc.D.)

·        Doctor of Science and Hygiene (D.Sc.H.)

·        Doctor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (D.Sc.V.M.)

·        Doctor of Sacred Music (D.S.M.)

·        Doctor of Social Science (D.S.Sc.)

·        Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W.)

·        Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

·        Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.)

·        Doctor of Juristic Science (J.S.D.)

·        Doctor of the Science of Law (L.Sc.D.)

·        Doctor of Rehabilitation (Rh.D.)

·        Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)

·        Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)

·        Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)

 

 

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