Awarded after completing 60 semester units of study, including major, district, and general education requirements. The degree awarded by community colleges and other "two year" schools. Can be in arts (A.A.) or sciences (A.S.). Most universities do not require that you earn an Associate Degree prior to transfer.
Awarded after completing at least 120 semester units of study, including major, general education, graduation requirement, and elective courses. The basic degree awarded by "four-year" colleges and universities. Units earned in community college count toward a Bachelor Degree if they are transferable. Usually earned in arts (B.A.) or sciences (B.S.).
Awarded after completing 30 to 60 semester units of study in a particular field beyond what is required for a bachelor degree. Examples include Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). Almost all universities require the completion of a Bachelor Degree before beginning work on a Master Degree.
Awarded after completing several years of advanced study, research, and practice in a particular field, usually beyond what is required for the Master Degree. Examples include Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). Almost all universities require the completion of at least a Bachelor Degree before beginning work on a Doctor Degree.