The four types of degrees that are typically offered by both online and in-person institutions of higher learning include associate, bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees.
An associate degree is the first level among college degree programs and can help prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of fields. An associate degree usually takes approximately two years to complete, but can require less time with qualifying transfer credits or a year-round study plan. DeVry offers associate degree programs in technology, business and healthcare and some programs can be completed in as little as 1 year and 4 months.6
A bachelor's degree is the next step up in college degree programs. Typically known as a four-year program, a bachelor’s degree is an undergraduate degree that can help prepare graduates for either entry-level or more advanced employment, depending on your industry. Generally, a bachelor's degree is required to pursue a graduate degree program, such as a master’s degree. At DeVry, we offer bachelor’s degree programs in the fields of technology, business, accounting, healthcare, liberal arts and media arts and some programs can be completed in as little as 2 years and 8 months6. Within each of these fields, we offer several specializations designed to help you gain the necessary skills to pursue specific career paths.
A master's degree is a type of graduate degree program that typically requires a student to focus on a specific area of study. Generally, a master’s degree program takes one to two years to graduate. Some master's degree programs include a thesis or capstone project that students must complete in order to graduate. A master's degree can help prepare graduates for more advanced or executive-level career paths. DeVry offers master’s degree programs in technology, business, accounting and healthcare.
A doctoral degree represents the highest level of degree program achievement and is often referred to as a “terminal degree.” Typically, a doctoral degree program builds upon a master’s degree program and requires a master’s degree for a student to be admitted. A doctoral degree program can take several years to complete and can include a dissertation or major research project. Graduates of doctoral degree programs are often considered experts in their fields. Currently, DeVry does not offer doctoral degree programs.