Types of Degrees

If you're starting out, you may be asking yourself: what type of associate degree is right for me?

Degree-seeking students work to obtain a degree, enhance career opportunities and perhaps transfer to a bachelor's degree program (which is also known as a baccalaureate-granting program). The type of degree that you choose to pursue is a roadmap to your particular goal, and each degree program has specific requirements. 

We encourage you to consult with the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success to review the degree requirements and chart a course to reach your goals.

Degrees Types

Associate in Art degree (A.A.) is for students intending to transfer into baccalaureate programs at a four-year college or university.

Associate in Science degree (A.S.) is for students intending to transfer into baccalaureate programs in fields such as engineering, mathematics or the sciences. Oakton’s A.S. degree is offered with an emphasis on either Mathematics/Computer Science or Science majors.

Associate in Fine Arts - Art (A.F.A.) is designed to prepare students to continue studies toward the baccalaureate degree in art in four-year colleges and universities.

Associate in Fine Arts - Music (A.F.A) is designed to prepare students to continue studies toward the baccalaureate degree in music in four-year colleges and universities.

Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) is for students to enhance their career opportunities, meet employment requirements, and to explore liberal studies curriculum.

Associate of Science in Engineering (A.S.E.) is designed to prepare students to continue toward the baccalaureate degree in four-year colleges and universities.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs are designed for students who seek education and the acquisition of skills for immediate entry to the labor force or advancement in their current careers.

Certificates are for students interested in shorter credentials, ranging from 12 to 45 credits, that can serve as an introduction to a field, build into a degree, or be completed to enhance an existing career.   

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