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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Associate degree

core definition

An associate degree is a sub-Bachelor qualification.

explanatory context

Associate degrees are usually two-year equivalent qualifications and are studied in the American college system. Associate degrees are also known as associate's degrees.

Cocke (2011) explains:

An associate's degree takes about two years to complete and can be completed at a community college. Most associate's degrees are designed to transfer to a four-year degree program, except for an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), which is usually terminal (meaning that there is no further study available). Other types of associate's degrees are Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.). Most programs require sixty to seventy credit hours.

analytical review

The Common Data Set of U.S. Higher Education Terminology (2010) states:

Associate degree: An award that normally requires at least two but less than four years of full-time equivalent college work.

The Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC) (2002) define Associate's degree as:

A degree traditionally awarded by community or junior colleges after two years of study, or completion of 60 to 64 semester hours.

The Indiana College Network (2007) does not indicate level in its definition of an associate's degree:

Associate's degree: degree program requiring 60+ hours of specified course work.

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related areas

See also

foundation degree

foundation programme


Cocke, A., 2011, The Definition of "Educational Degrees" available at, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 31 December 2016, still available 19 June 2019..

Common Data Set of U.S. Higher Education Terminology, 2010, Glossary, available at, updated 10 November 2010, accessed 20 September 2012, page not available 31 December 2016.

Indiana College Network (ICN), 2007, ‘Glossary', last modified 14 October, 2003 . Address of 'Glossary' at 31 January 20111 is, updated 15 February 2007. Definition unchanged from 2003 version, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 19 June 2019.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary. , accessed 20 September 2012, still available 31 December 2016, not available 19 June 2019.

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