Types of degrees at UAA

UAA offers a number of different types of degrees and certificates.  Below is a description of each type.

  • Associate's Degrees are the shortest undergraduate degrees offered by higher education institutions. Associate's degrees generally prepare students for entry-level professional careers. They generally take two to three years to complete and can be pursued part time.
  • Baccalaureate Degrees or Bachelor's Degrees prepare students for professional career work. They are typically designed to be completed in four years of full-time study and are the foundation of further graduate degrees.
  • Master's Degrees are two to three year degrees of advanced study. Master's programs generally require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Master's degrees may be entirely course-based, entirely research-based or (more typically) a mixture.
  • Doctorate Degrees (including Ph.D.) are advanced degrees in professional fields. The requirements for obtaining Ph.D.s and other research doctorates typically entail successful completion of pertinent classes, passing of a comprehensive examination and defense of a dissertation.
  • Continuing Education is required by many companies and professional organizations. It is important to keep profession workforces up to date with methodologies and theories. Continuing education credits provide a portfolio of continued improvement.
  • Professional Certifications are generally certifications in vocational fields like information technology, automotive technology or computer networking. Professional certificates are often issued by companies or organizations. Academic programs for professional certification help people show their qualifications in a given field.