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How to Choose a College Degree

Wondering how high to climb on the academic ladder? Here's a breakdown.


  • Step 1: Earn a Ph.D. if you want to pursue specialized academic studies to the highest level possible. You can study subjects in both the arts and sciences. It normally takes between two and three years beyond a Master's degree to earn a Ph.D. Now you know your options, so don't wait to get started.
  • FACT: The use of the term "Bachelor" for an academic degree dates to 13th century Europe.
  • Step 2: Consider pursuing a Master's degree if you want specialized graduate training in an academic field. The degree takes between one and three years to complete. The Master's degree is frequently –- although not always -- a stepping stone to a doctoral degree.
  • Step 3: Go for a Bachelor's degree if you want formal undergraduate training in the arts or sciences. The Bachelor's degree can take as little as four years to complete, although many students take five or more years to earn it. The degree is a typically a prerequisite for Master's and Ph.D. degrees.
  • TIP: It normally takes 2 years to complete an Associate's Degree.
  • Step 4: Earn an Associate's Degree if you wish to prepare for technical training or a vocational program. You can also use this degree to transfer to a 4-year college, where you can apply your academic credits toward a higher degree.

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