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An associate degree from DeVry University can help you acquire the skills you need to pursue an exciting new career. Take advantage of our tech-forward curriculum, dedicated faculty and focus on hands-on, experiential learning.

You can choose to earn your associate degree online, take courses on campus or take a hybrid approach. Advance your ambition on your timeline and study part-time or attend full-time to earn your degree. Whatever you choose, an associate degree from DeVry can help you discover new passions and build relevant career skills that can help you pursue your goals.

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Choose the Right Associate Degree Program for You

At DeVry University we are here to support you as you build career skills.  Need help deciding which degree is right for you, or whether a hybrid or online associate degree will work better with your schedule? Contact us and we can help you explore our various associate degree programs and flexible learning options.

Associate Degrees in Business

An associate degree in business can help you develop the interdisciplinary skills needed to get started in the world of business. Through this degree program you'll explore key concepts related to accounting, marketing, management and data analytics. These concepts are taught through activities that simulate real-world decision-making scenarios.

Four concentrations are available for those who want to pursue an associate degree in business:

  • Budgeting and Forecasting

  • General Business

  • Healthcare Business

  • Retail Management

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Associate Degree in Engineering Technology

An Associate Degree in Engineering Technology can help you develop the skills needed to apply basic engineering principles to solve technical problems, implement technical solutions and support engineers in the execution and maintenance of systems, processes, and technical operations. DeVry University has a long history of preparing individuals to work in the electronics industry. We give students the opportunity to learn and test some of the latest hardware designs and software technologies.

We offer three specializations for those who wish to get an associate degree in this field:

Associate Degree in Health Information Technology

Our associate degree in health information technology (HIT) is designed to help you develop the skills needed to manage digital health information and technical systems. In this program, you'll explore the techniques used to ensure the quality, accuracy, accessibility and security of health information in both electronic systems and paper files.

Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking

Take the first steps toward pursuing an exciting career in IT by enrolling in an information technology and networking associate degree program. In this degree program, you will learn about networking, security, digital devices, programming and operating systems.

We offer three specializations for those who wish to get an associate degree in this field:

Associate Degree in Cyber Security and Networking

Develop the skills you need to manage and maintain network and cyber security technologies with this exciting degree program from DeVry. An associate degree in cyber security and networking can help you learn the fundamentals of interconnected computing devices, peripherals and associated software to maximize network efficiency and productivity. This degree program includes a focus on using technology and information systems, including information systems security and infrastructure security.

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Benefits of an Associate Degree

There are many potential benefits of earning an associate degree, which include but are not limited to:

Greater earnings potential:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates of associate degree programs generally enjoy higher average earnings than people with only a high school education.1

Enhanced skillsets:

 An associate degree can teach you the skills that employers may require today. Many associate degree programs teach highly technical skills that may help you stand out to employers.

Lower likelihood of unemployment:

Graduates of associate degree programs are less likely to be unemployed than someone with only a high school degree.1

Personal satisfaction:

Earning an associate degree can bring a great sense of fulfillment and satisfaction for meeting a personal goal that can help you pursue your career aspirations.

Serving as a Steppingstone to Further Your Education:

An associate degree may cover the fundamental concepts you need to help prepare you for success in your pursuit of your bachelor’s. When part of a stackable program, classes taken in one program may stack directly into the next applicable degree program at DeVry.2


Associate Degrees vs. Bachelor's Degrees

Both associate and bachelor’s degrees can be valuable preparation for your future but choosing which one to pursue ultimately depends on your personal goals and circumstances.
A few notable differences between associate and bachelor’s degree programs include:

Program Length:

Associate degrees are generally shorter in length, taking about half as long to complete as a bachelor’s program.

Coursework & Skills:

A bachelor’s curriculum will dive deep into the specifics of your area of study and often also help you improve your leadership abilities. An associate degree tends to provide more general education courses that build your core skillset through hands-on learning.

Career Potential:

Associate degrees are designed to help you prepare to pursue more entry-level jobs, whereas bachelor’s degree graduates may find that they meet the qualifications for a wider range of roles in their area of interest.

Requirements to Get Started with an Associate Degree

An associate degree program is a post-secondary degree. That means you’ll generally need to have a high school degree or its equivalent, such as a GED. Aside from that, requirements depend on the specific degree program you choose to pursue.

To enroll in an associate degree program at DeVry, you must meet our admissions requirements. This includes:

  • Completing an interview with an Admissions Representative

  • Meeting the age requirement

  • Having earned a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Completing a college-level skills evaluation

Additional requirements may apply depending on the program you choose to pursue, your previous college, military or work experience and other factors.

Choosing a Program

When it comes to choosing an associate degree program, here are a few things to consider:

  • Area of Interest:

    You might know that you want to pursue a future in technology, but haven't decided which focus you'd like to target. Learning more about the specific facets of the industry can help you hone your studies in the area you’re interested in most – such as information technology or network systems administration.

  • Career Opportunities:

    Take some time to review job openings on sites like LinkedIn. What kind of degree is required for the roles that interest you most? The program you choose should support the career path you ultimately want to take.

  • Flexibility:

    Are you looking for flexible online associate degree programs? Year-round classes? The ability to study at your own pace? Different schools offer different learning options, so be sure to weigh your priorities when determining which program to choose.

  • Stackability:

    After completing your associate degree program, you might plan to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree. If this sounds like you, look for a program that stacks. You may be able to take the credits you’ve previously earned at DeVry and apply them toward a bachelor’s degree, furthering the value of your hard work.1

FAQs: Associate Degrees

An associate degree is a post-secondary undergraduate degree that typically takes between one and two years to complete. It represents the first level of post-secondary degree options and is followed by a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree. An associate degree helps provide the foundational skills and knowledge needed to pursue a variety of careers.

Like other postgraduate degrees, an associate degree is targeted towards a specific field of your choosing. You should consider the career path you wish to take prior to choosing your degree program.

There are three types of associate degrees. Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Applied Science (AAS).

  • Associate of Arts (AA):

    Focuses on the liberal arts and includes fields of study such as the humanities and social science. Common degrees in this field include law, business administration and psychology, though the classification of a major may differ from school to school.

  • Associate of Science (AS):

    Focused on more scientific fields. Both AA and AS degrees typically include general education courses that can often be applied towards a bachelor’s degree. Some degrees in this category include biology, meteorology and physics.

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS):

    This degree classification caters to a more specific field of study, such as DeVry’s Associate Degree in Engineering Technology. They are generally more geared towards career development and preparation than the other two types of associate degrees.

All of these degree types can be earned through online associate degree programs.

At many schools, the average length of time it takes to earn an associate degree is just about two years. However, because DeVry offers a variety of options for our students to customize their class schedules and course loads to fit their lives, the length of time it takes to earn an associate degree can vary.

At DeVry, classes start every 8 weeks. There are six sessions per year, and many students take one or two classes per session. To give an example of how long it can take to earn an associate degree, DeVry’s associate degree in health information technology can be completed in as little as 1 year and 4 months with an accelerated schedule, 2 years with normal schedule or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.*

*Accelerated schedule is per 12-month period, does not include breaks and assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. Normal schedule is per 12-month period, does not include breaks and assumes 2 semesters of full-time enrollment.

Yes, you can earn an associate degree online. An online degree can be great for people who are already working or supporting a family, but would like to expand the career options available to them. Many students enjoy the flexibility that an online program offers when compared to the schedules of in-person learning.

If you’d like the convenience of attending college online, our online programs offer a consistent quality of education whether your degree program includes courses online or in the classroom. For hands-on technology lab work, online associate degree students participate with DeVry’s Internet of Things (IoT) Projects, which are designed to provide you with relevant experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Check out more online degree programs that can be taken at home and remote locations.

The number of credits you’ll need to complete an associate degree program depends on the specific program you choose and any qualifying transfer credits you may have. At DeVry, our associate degree programs require a minimum of 60 credit hours, with some requiring up to 71 credit hours or more. Most non-lab courses are worth either three or four credit hours, making the average number of courses required to earn an associate degree typically somewhere between 15 and 25 courses.

We think so! In fact, there are many potential benefits to earning an associate degree including:

  • Build your skills in a specific area of study

  • Potential to prepare for a wider range of career opportunities

  • Adding a credential to your resume

  • Accomplishment of personal goals

  • Gaining essential business skills

Depending on the program you are enrolled in, some or all of your credits earned in your associate degree program may apply toward a qualifying bachelor’s degree.

At DeVry, many of our programs are stackable. This means you can graduate with your DeVry associate degree and stack your credits into one of our qualifying bachelor’s program.2 To learn more about which programs stack together, speak with an Admissions Representative.

Tiffany Page
Associate Degree in Health Information Technology, 2022
"DeVry has been so much more than I expected. Not only am I earning my degree but I'm getting interview tips and advice. I'm getting help with making a resume. Also I feel confident to know that DeVry will be there to help me through the job search process."

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1 Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,…rnings-education.htm.
2At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.