LEVELS OF ACADEMIC DEGREES AND PROGRAM INFORMATION
LEVELS OF ACADEMIC DEGREES
An undergraduate degree (first degree, bachelor's degree or degree) is a colloquial term for an academic degree taken by a person who has completed undergraduate courses. It is usually offered at an institution of higher education, such as a university.
An associate degree (or associate degree) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded
by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study intended to usually last
two years or more. An associate degree is a greater level of education than a high school diploma or GED.
A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin baccalaureus) or baccalaureate (from Modern Latin baccalaureatus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting three to seven years depending on institution and academic discipline.
The Master’s degree (from Latin magister) is usually a second-cycle academic degree awarded by universities or colleges upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional
practice. The Master’s degree normally requires previous study at the bachelor's level, either as a
separate degree or as part of an integrated course.
The doctorate (from Latin docere, "to teach") or doctor's degree (from Latin doctor, "teacher") or doctoral degree (from the ancient formalism licentia docendi) is an
academic degree awarded by institutions that is, in most countries, a research degree that qualifies the holder to teach at the university level in the degree's field, or to work in a specific profession.
Program courses are completely 100% self- contained. All the required course study materials are provided as a part of the program with no excess purchase of textbooks.
Each certificate is designed to be easily completed in three to four months.
Courses are completed one at a time, and self-checked.
After all the courses are completed, a self-paced open-book general exam is completed.
After completing the general exam, the student is graduated and awarded the certificate.
Earning a certificate is considered a stepping stone toward earning a degree if that is the