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Pursuing a Master's degree after an Associate's?

Hey everyone, I'm currently in a community college working towards my associate degree. I'd like to continue my education and eventually get a master's degree. Is it possible to apply for a master's program after earning an associate degree or do I have to earn a bachelor's degree first? Would love to hear any thoughts or experiences on this topic!

6 months ago

Hey! Generally, in order to apply for a master's program, you would need to have a bachelor's degree first. The typical educational path is to complete an associate degree, then transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree, and finally apply for a master's program after completing your bachelor's.

Many community colleges have transfer agreements with four-year institutions, which make the process of transferring to a bachelor's program seamless. You can look into these agreements and see if your community college has any partnerships with institutions that offer the major you're interested in.

That being said, there are some exceptions in which certain master's programs accept students with only an associate degree. These programs are rare and usually designed for specific industries or fields. It's worth researching whether your desired field has any such programs available.

To sum it up, the conventional path is to complete a bachelor's degree after your associate degree before applying for a master's program. If you have a specific field in mind, research the requirements for that field, and keep an eye out for any unique programs catered to your situation. Good luck on your educational journey!

6 months ago

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