Online Associate Degrees

Why an Online Associate’s Degree?

Everyone agrees that, in order to stay competitive in the job market, having a good education and a good set of skills under your belt is more critical now than it ever has been before. But chances are you’ve already got a full-time job and bills to pay (and maybe even kids).

The idea of driving across town to a community-college class after a full day’s work isn’t too appealing. Pulling up stakes and relocating to a university for full-time classes is just not a workable option.

You can work on that online AA degree at your own pace and around your own schedule. With no traditional classroom time, you can fit study for an online associate’s degree around work, your personal life and kids while taking all the benefits of a campus education.

What Kind of Online AA Degrees Are Available?

Here’s just a brief overview of online associate degrees you can go after:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Criminal justice/paralegal
  • Graphic/web design
  • Health administration
  • Nutrition
  • IT/programming
  • Technical trade-specific training (auto mechanics, electrical, veterinary, HVAC, etc)
  • General studies

Almost all employers recognize the value of an online associate’s degree, as more and more adults decide to pursue their degrees online rather than through traditional programs. As with other types of degrees online, many employers are willing to help with tuition costs for those who want to pick up new skills.

An online AA degree can be useful either for someone who wants a basic set of skills for the job market, or those who want to branch out and diversify their skill set. Many programs will help with job placement after you complete your coursework.

What Goes into Obtaining Associate Degrees Online?

An online AA degree is the equivalent of two years’ worth of coursework in a community-college setting, typically calling for 60 semester hours of work. If you decide to use that as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree, expect to put in another two years/60 hours’ worth of work. Of course, with an online associate’s degree, you can complete all these expectations at your own pace and schedule.

What Institutions Offer Online Associate Degree Programs?

There are many, many options to choose from here. Chances are, also, that your local community college will offer an online associate’s degree program. Here’s a very brief directory of schools to consider:

  • University of Phoenix
  • DeVry University
  • Westwood College
  • Walden University
  • Regis University
  • Mountain State University
  • Harrison College
  • George Washington University
  • Liberty University
  • Benedictine University