Associate Degree FAQs:


Q: Were associate degrees awarded in the U.K?

A: Yes, in 1873 before spreading to the U.S. in 1898.

Q: Is an associate degree designed as a general academic education qualification?

A: Yes, and compared to the more vocational Higher Diploma, and allows articulation onto the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree or the second year of a three-year bachelor's degree.

Q: Are associate degrees considered equivalent to one year higher education courses such as the Higher National Certificate at level 4 of the British Framework for Higher Education Qualifications?

A: Yes.

Q: Are associate degrees usually earned in two years or more and can be attained at community colleges?

A: Yes, and technical colleges, vocational schools, and some colleges, as well as at some universities.

Q: Was an associate degree added to the Dutch system of higher education within the Higher Professional Education stream taught at universities of applied sciences?

A: Yes, Associate degree courses form part of HBO bachelor's degree courses, and advising requirements are the same for the two year associate degree and the related four year bachelor's degree.

Q: Were associate degrees first introduced into the territory in 2000 with the aim of increasing the number of students with post-secondary qualifications?

A: Yes.