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Selecting a degree or certificate that prepares you for life after graduation will make your future bright.

Certificate and Degree Programs

Florida's colleges, universities and Technical Colleges and Centers offer many programs across the state.

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Program Requirements

To learn what courses are required to complete a specific certificate or degree, you can check the requirements for the program at each institution.

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Types of Programs

Students can earn a degree or certificate 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 Career 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, and leads to employment in a specific career field.
  • Advanced Technical Certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed at least an associate degree and are seeking advanced, specialized preparation in a particular career field to supplement their degree.
  • An Undergraduate 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 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program, allows students with intellectual disabilities to earn credentials or certification based on their career goals.


  • An Associate of Arts is a two-year program that prepares students to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree. Most degrees require 60 credits.
  • An Associate of Science is a two-year program that prepares students to directly enter the workforce. Most degrees require 60 credits.
  • A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, 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.
  • 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 Professional Degree prepares someone to work in a particular profession, often meeting the academic requirements for licensure or accreditation.