Undergraduate programs are of two different categories i.e. Associate and Bachelors degree. Associate degree is typically a 2-year
program offered in different fields. Associate degree in arts is called “Associate of Arts” and Associate degree in science is called
“Associate of Science”. This entails students 14 years of education which might not be considered enough for advanced studies for which
16 years education is required. However, it may be considered adequate in different occupations. Bachelors degree is a 4-year degree
offered in almost all fields of education and leads to completion of 16-years of education.
Graduate programs cover both Master’s and Doctoral programs. Masters degree is offered in both academic and professional areas.
Within academic degrees, there are degrees in both arts and sciences. For instance, Master of Science (MS) degrees are academic
qualifications while Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a professional qualification.
Doctoral degrees are also offered in academic and professional areas. Typically, doctoral degrees are significant from academic
standpoint but degrees like Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a sound qualification from professional standpoint and is different
from PhD in Business Administration, which aims in developing students into researchers and academicians.
* Interesting to note is that in some parts of the world, undergraduate degrees are called ‘graduate degrees’ and graduate degrees are
called ‘post-graduate’ degrees. This is why it becomes important to mention year of education completed in professional profiles.
Another important classification of programs is that of academic and professional programs. Academic programs help one excel mainly in
academic and research related fields for all or any fields. Professional degrees are useful in pursuing professional career and focus mainly
on practical learning. In US colleges and universities, both types of programs i.e. academic and professional are offered. Choice among the
kind of degree should be made primarily on personal career ambition under expert guidance.
Selecting the right program
With this fundamentals covered, now is time to answer many questions like deciding which program you can apply, which you qualify for,
where better transfer of credit options exist, which programs lead to better opportunities in desired areas of professional career and so
on. It is only an expert in the US higher educational system who can offer professional guidance for the best results specifically for your
case. You should consider the professional advice by ACHEIS advisors is invaluable in selecting the right program.
ACHEIS advisors will review your profile as well as aspirations and abilities and based on that they will provide you with the options best suited for your profile.