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An associate degree program here at 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.

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Our stackable programs allow you to earn a credential, then apply qualifying credits toward a future program here at DeVry.

Bachelor's
122
Credit Hours*
Associate
61
Total
Certificate
31
Credit Hours

This stackable program example shows the minimum credit hours required to earn the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program. Eligible courses apply to the Associate in Health Information Technology - Health Information specialization, and subsequently, the Bachelor's in Technical Management - Health Information Management specialization.

 

*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements. At 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. Future programmatic changes could impact the application of credits to a future program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.

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 program is right for you, or whether a hybrid1 or online associate degree program will work better with your schedule? Contact us and we can help you explore our various associate degree programs and flexible learning options.

Associate Degree Programs in Business

An Associate Degree Program in Business can help you develop the interdisciplinary skills needed to get started in today’s dynamic industries. Through this degree program you'll explore key topics related to accounting, marketing, management and data analytics. These concepts are taught through activities that simulate real-world decision-making scenarios.

Choose from 4 specializations:

  • Budgeting and Forecasting

  • General Business

  • Healthcare Business

  • Retail Management

Associate Degree Program in Engineering Technology

An Associate Degree program 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. Here at DeVry, we have a long history of preparing individuals to work in the technology field. We give students the opportunity to learn and test some of the latest hardware designs and software technologies.

Choose from 4 specializations:

Associate Degree Program in Health Information Technology

Our Associate Degree Program 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.

Choose from 4 specializations:

Associate Degree Program in Information Technology and Networking

Take the first steps toward pursuing an exciting career in IT by enrolling in our Information Technology and Networking Associate Degree program where you'll learn about networking, security, digital devices, programming and operating systems.

Choose from 3 specializations:

Associate Degree Program in Cyber Security and Networking

Develop the skills you need to manage and maintain network and cyber security technologies with this exciting degree program. Our Associate 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, including:

Greater earnings potential:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), graduates of associate degree programs generally enjoy higher average earnings than people with only a high school diploma.2

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:

According to the BLS, graduates of associate degree programs are less likely to be unemployed than someone with only a high school diploma.2

Personal satisfaction:

Earning an associate degree can bring a great sense of fulfillment and satisfaction and can help you prepare to pursue your career aspirations.

Serving as a steppingstone to further your education:

An associate degree includes fundamental courses that you may have the opportunity to stack into a related bachelor’s degree program here at DeVry.3

Comparison

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:

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Program Length:

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

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Coursework & Skills:

A bachelor’s curriculum will dive deep into the specifics of your area of study and can 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.

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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 diploma 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 here 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. In many instances, you may be able to take qualifying credits you’ve previously earned at DeVry and apply them toward a related bachelor’s degree.3

FAQs: Associate Degrees

What is an associate degree?

An associate degree is a post-secondary undergraduate degree that typically takes between one and two years to complete. 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.

What are the different types of associate degrees?

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 our Associate Degree in Engineering Technology. They are generally more geared towards career development and preparation than the other two types of associate degrees.

How long does it take to earn an associate degree?

At many schools, the average length of time it takes to earn an associate degree is just about two years. Here at DeVry, we offer a variety of options for you to customize your class schedules and course load to fit your life, potentially shortening the amount of time it takes to earn your degree.

We offer 6 class sessions per year, with classes lasting 8 weeks each. Many students take 1 or 2 classes per session. To give an example of how long it can take to earn an associate degree, our Associate Degree Program 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.4

4Accelerated schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 12-18 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks. Normal schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 12-18 credit hours per semester.

Can you earn an associate degree online?

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 our Internet of Things (IoT) Projects, which are designed to provide you with relevant experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

How many credits are required to earn an associate degree?

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 3 or 4 credit hours, making the average number of courses required to earn an associate degree typically somewhere between 15 and 25 courses.

Is an associate degree worth it?

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

How do I pursue a bachelor’s degree after earning my associate?

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

At DeVry, many of our programs are stackable. This means you can graduate with your DeVry associate degree and stack qualifying credits into one of our eligible bachelor’s programs.3 To learn more about which programs stack together, speak with an Admissions Representative.

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Tiffany Page
Associate Degree in Health Information Technology, 2022
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At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied. Future programmatic changes could impact the application of credits to a future program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.
Accelerated schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 12-18 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks. Normal schedule is per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 12-18 credit hours per semester.