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** Associate degree **

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An *associate degree* is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by
community colleges, junior colleges, technical colleges, and bachelor's
degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of
study usually lasting two years. In the United States, and some areas of
Canada, an associate degree is often equivalent to the first two years of a
four-year college or university degree.^[1] It is the lowest in the
hierarchy of post-secondary academic degrees offered in these countries.
Although an associate degree is, on average, less financially lucrative in
the long term than an academic degree, new research into earnings shows
that community-college graduates right out of school often make more than
graduates of four-year universities. In spite of persistent high
unemployment, there is high demand for people with so-called
“middle-skills” that often require no more than an
associate’s degree, such as lab technicians, teachers in
early-childhood programs, computer engineers, draftsmen, radiation
therapists, paralegals, and machinists.^[2]

*Contents*

· 1 Time requirements

· 1.1 Names of associate degrees

· 2 Europe & Australia
· 3 Canada
· 4 Hong Kong
· 5 United States
· 6 Notes
· 7 References
· 8 External links

*Time requirements[edit]*

The associate degree is awarded to students who complete 90 quarter credit
hours or 60 semester credit hours of schooling.^[3] Typically, on a full
time schedule, this requires two years to complete.

Other requirements include "general ed" courses such as English
composition, Algebra, social interaction, humanities, etc. Some people
refer to associate degrees as "two-year" degrees


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associate_degree


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