Types of Degrees

Types of DegreesOhio's public institutions of higher education offer a number of different types of degrees and/or training:

Non-credit Programs
Workshops, seminars, or courses that improve skills for professional development, but do not lead to academic degrees.

Certificates
Documents granted by colleges and Ohio Technical Centers after completion of study for specific occupations. Certificates usually require a full-time, six-month to one-year program of required courses or its part-time equivalent.

Associate Degrees
Degrees granted by colleges after students complete two-year, full-time programs of required courses or its part-time equivalent.

Bachelor’s Degrees
Degrees granted by universities or colleges after students have satisfactorily completed four-year, full-time programs of required courses or their part-time equivalent.

Advanced Degrees
Master’s or Doctorate degrees earned after Bachelor’s degrees, taking at least two years for full-time students to complete.