An associate degree is a two-year degree, meaning that for most people, it takes two years of full-time study to earn this degree. When you have your associate degree, you will have completed your freshman and sophomore years of college. To earn an associate degree, you will need to complete 60 semester credits of study (or 90 quarter credits). This equals about twenty college courses. Most associate degrees are awarded by private career colleges or by public community colleges. In a similar fashion to certificate and diploma degrees, many students look to Associates degrees as a fast and less expensive alternative to a 4-year university. Associates degrees offer more career oriented course work that will contribute to a specific field of study.
Many online colleges are increasing their associate degree program offerings to match the student demand. Be sure to research all of a school's requirements to make sure it is the right choice for you.