Selecting a degree or certificate that prepares you for life after graduation will make your future bright.
Types of Programs
Students can earn different types of programs based on their academic and career goals. The academic requirements of the program, average time to complete and job opportunities for graduates are important factors to consider.
- The College Credit Certificate is a series of college-credit courses that prepares students for entry-level employment in specific career fields or for career advancement.
- A Vocational Certificate is an educational certificate that specifically prepares an individual to work in a chosen field.
- The Applied Technology Diploma consists of a course of study that is part of an Associate in Science (A.S.), is less than 60 credit hours, is approximately 50% technical components (non-general education), and leads to employment in a specific career field.
- Advanced Technical Certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed a degree (at least an associate degree) and are seeking advanced, specialized preparation in a particular career field to supplement their degree.
- An Undergrad Certificate provides students with a solid foundation in a chosen area of study, or major, and are designed to transfer into a degree program.
- Graduate Certificate programs are short, focused programs designed to give students advanced skills in a particular subject or area of specialization. A wide range of graduate certificate programs are offered by accredited colleges and universities, both on campus and online.
- An Associate of Arts prepares students to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree. Most degrees require 60 credits and can be completed in two years. Students who earn an Associate of Arts at a state college are guaranteed admission to a state university, although not necessarily the university of their choice.
- An Associate of Science prepares students to directly enter the workforce. Most degrees require 60 credits and can be completed in two years. Students who earn an Associate of Science are not guaranteed admission to a state university.
- A Baccalaureate of Arts or Baccalaureate of Science, known commonly as a bachelor's degree, is a four-year degree. These types of degrees are offered at all state universities and most state colleges.
- A Master’s Degree is awarded by a graduate school or department, usually to a person who has completed at least one year of graduate study.
- Advanced Masters
- Engineering degree is a more advanced level than a standard U.S. master's degree, may include a graduate thesis, and at the level of the doctorates such as the PhD.
- The Specialist Degree is an academic degree conferred by a college or university. The degree is formatted differently worldwide and may be either a five year program or a doctoral level graduate program that occurs after a master's degree but before a doctoral degree.
- Doctorate is a degree awarded to a graduate of a school of medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science.
- Juris Doctor degree, also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, is a graduate-entry professional degree in law and one of several Doctor of Law degrees.
- The First Professional Degree prepares someone to work in a particular profession, often meeting the academic requirements for licensure or accreditation.
Degree Program Requirements
To learn what courses are required to complete a specific degree, you can check the requirements for the program at each institution.
Online Degree Programs
Florida's state colleges and universities offer multiple online degree programs.