Which Degree Is Right for You?

There are many different types of Educational degrees out there. Determining the one that is right for you depends on what you want to do with your education and career. Specific degrees are required for specific jobs for ex medical degree for doctors ,MBA is a degree that is useful in many different fields. Some people choose to earn degrees that are for their own personal requirement, or because they have a passion for a certain topic.  So what are your choices? There are certificates, licenses, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees, sometimes referred to as post-graduate degrees. Have a look at each category.


Professional certification and licenses, in some fields, is the same thing. In others, it is not, and you'll find it's the topic of heated controversy in certain areas. The variables are too numerous to mention in this article, so make sure to research your particular field and understand which ones you need, a certificate or a license. You can do this by searching the Internet, visiting your local library or university, or asking professionals in that particular field. In general, certificates and licenses take about two years to complete, and tell potential employers and customers that you know what you're doing. When you hire an electrician, for example, you want to know that they are licensed and that the work they do for you will be correct, to code, and safe.


The term "undergraduate" encompasses those degrees you earn after a high school diploma or GED credential and before a Master's or Doctoral Degree. Sometimes referred as post-secondary. Classes can be taken at different colleges and universities, including online universities. There are two general types of undergraduate degrees, Associate's Degrees and Bachelor's Degrees. 

Associate's Degrees are usually earned in two years, often at a community or vocational college, and generally require 60 credits. Programs will vary. Students who earn an Associate's Degree sometimes do so to determine if the path they've chosen is correct for them. Credits can cost less and are usually transferable to a four year college if the student chooses to continue their education. 

Bachelor's Degrees are earned in four, and sometimes five, years, usually at a college or university, including online universities. Bachelor of Arts (BA) focuses on critical thinking and communication in a wide variety of liberal arts areas, including languages, math, science, social science, and the humanities. Majors may be in subjects such as History, English, Sociology, Philosophy, or Religion, although there are many others. 

Bachelor of Science (BS) focuses on critical thinking, too, with an emphasis on sciences such as technology and medicine. Majors may be in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nursing, Economics, or Mechanical Engineering, although, again, there are many others.


There are two types of graduate degrees and named as Master's Degrees and Doctorates. 

Master's Degrees are usually earned in one or more years depending on the field of study. They are generally sought to improve a person's expertise in their given field. A few examples of Master's Degrees: 

Master of Arts (MA) 
Master of Sciences (MS) 
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) 

Doctorates generally take three or more years depending on the field of study. There are professional doctorates, a few of which are: 

Doctor of Medicine (MD) 
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) 
Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) or Law 
There are also research doctorates, known as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and honorary doctorates, awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to a field.


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