Beyond High School Options

Delve deeper into these different options for students to pursue after high school. Each have different requirements and require a lot of research on the part of the student.

Types of Degrees

Encourage students to connect with advisors at the specific colleges or schools that they choose to explore. Be sure that students check institutions' websites for admissions requirements and deadlines.

Training Certificates
Training certificates are offered at community colleges and private trade schools. Certificates usually take less than two years to complete and are required to practice in specific career fields. 

Examples of careers: hairdresser/barber, massage therapist, certified nursing assistant, automotive mechanic, and welding professions.

Associate Degree
Associate degrees are offered at community colleges. Admission is not competitive and there is a rolling admissions process for entry. Degrees usually take two years for a full-time student. If students plan to go on to a 4-year college they need to ensure that their chosen associates degree and course credits are transferable. 

Examples of degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science,  Associate of General Studies, Associate Degree of Nursing,  Associate Degree of Business, Associate Transfer Degree

Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's degree programs generally take around four to five year to complete and are offered at private and public colleges and universities. Admittance to the schools is competitive and based on merit, essays, entrance exams (ACT  & SAT), and extracurricular activities. A bachelor’s degree is a type of undergraduate degree.
Examples of degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business, Bachelor of Nursing.

Master’s Degree
A master’s degree is an advanced degree also known as a graduate degree. Master's programs usually take from 1–2 years to complete.Admittance to master’s degree programs are competitive and based on merit, essays, entrance exams (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and undergraduate coursework and/or degrees.

Examples of degrees: Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science

Doctorate Degree
A doctorate degree is the highest level of an academic degree. Doctorate degree programs can last from 2 to 10 years depending on a chosen field of study. Admittance to doctorate programs is competitive and based on merit, experience, essays and other graduate coursework and/or degrees.

          Examples of degrees: Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Business Administration