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Associates degrees are college degrees that can usually be completed in two years. Some associates degrees are designed to transfer to a four year college or University. Others are considered professional or applied degrees. Many of the courses in a professional degree program are designed to suit specific careers.
- Professional technical or Applied Associates degree: A professional technical degree is a two-year degree that prepares students for direct entry into the workforce. An A.A.S (Associates of Applied Science) is an example of an Applied Associates degree.
- Transfer degrees: Transfer degrees are Associates degrees with a program of study that will be accepted for transfer at a four year institution. Many of the credits in these programs will be accepted for transfer and will apply towards graduation requirements. Two examples of transfer degrees are the A.A. (Associate of Arts) and the A.S. (Associate of Science).
It's important to check with your college advising program when deciding on a program of study. Every state has different rules and arrangements when it comes to transferring credits between community and technical colleges and state colleges and Universities. It's best to know the rules before you sign up for classes.