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Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates

Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates - What's the difference?

You may wonder what's the difference between an associate degree, a technical diploma, or a certificate. Here's a quick overview:

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University Transfer Liberal Arts

Provides the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate college education. Credits readily transfer to four-year institutions.

Associate of Applied Science  Degree

Two-year degrees that combines technical skills with general education, such as math, communication, and social sciences.

One- and Two-year Technical Diplomas

Hands-learning of occupational skills and can be completed in one or two years, depending on the program


Designed to provide busy students with streamlined education to enhance their job skills.

Advanced Technical Certificate

Offered as a small block of 9-12 credits with at least six of the credits having advanced content beyond the associate degree.

Short-term Diploma

Designed to focus on one particular occupation and can take less than one year to complete.


A combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly-skilled occupation.