Associate’s Degree Programs
University of the Potomac is an accredited college offering extensive adult learning degree programs in a career-oriented educational format. We give you the flexibility to earn your associate degree online or through our Washington DC or Virginia college campuses. Our associates degree faculty are very knowledgeable professionals with real world experience. We offer the following Associate’s degree programs:
Associate’s Degree Overview
Each Associate degree program consists of common core courses providing a solid technical foundation for later work in the related field. This core associate’s program is complemented by a series of specialized courses, which enables each student to pursue a program that will enhance his or her professional and personal growth.
With an Associate’s degree from University of the Potomac, you will be laying a foundation at school for your future career. Your courses will broaden your knowledge of industry-related language and common office procedures. With a degree in accounting, you will be able to work in a firm’s tax or audit sectors. With a Management or Information Systems degree, you will work in your area of interest and with people who are interested in the same field as well. If you prefer an International Business degree, you can travel across the world after you complete your classes. Your time at University of the Potomac will help prepare you for the job you want to have in Washington DC, Virginia, or anywhere in the world.
How Many Credits for an Associate’s Degree?
The Potomac Associate’s Degree requires 60 credit hours. This includes 18 general education credit hours, 30 core course credit hours and 12 elective credit hours.
How Long Does It Take to Earn an Associate’s Degree?
Typically most students complete an associate’s degree in about two years. With the Potomac flexible format, students can work faster or slower to mold their education around their schedule and their goals.
Associate’s Degree Paths & Pay
There are a few different paths students earning their associate’s degree typically take. While some students choose to get their associate’s degree and start in the workforce earlier, others choose to continue on to get their bachelor’s degree. Depending on the field of study, some associate’s degree graduates may average only slightly lower starting salary than those in the same field with a bachelor’s degree (1). This tends to be true in many of the technical fields. No matter whether you are planning to work right away or go on to attain a higher degree, studies confirm that the attainment of an associate’s degree correlates with higher pay. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), full-time workers with an associate’s degree earned on average 25% more than those with only High School credentials.
For many, earning an associate’s degree is a great start to an improved career path. It is a relatively low cost investment in a better future. The most important thing is that you start. So if you have questions about our associate’s degree programs get in touch with us and we will be glad to help you get answers about the Potomac associate’s degree options.
1. Kingkade, Tyler. “Two-Year Degrees Vs. Four-Year Degrees: Sometimes Associate’s Beats Bachelor’s In Earning Potential.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 9 Jan. 2013. Web. 16 July 2015.