Post Secondary Education in USA
University level studies:
The 1st stage consists of:-
Associate degree- It generally takes 2 years to complete this degree. It is usually transferrable to Bachelor degree.
Bachelor degree- It generally takes 4-5 years, depending on the field of study to complete the degree. Part-time students might take longer time to complete it. Honors programs are offered by institutions that award this degree.
Advanced certificate- It usually takes a year or less to complete. Students are only admitted in this if they have completed the Bachelor degree.
First Professional degree- It is awarded in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, Pediatry, Chiropractic, Pharmacy, Divinity, Rabbinics And Law.
2nd stage consists of:-
Master's Degree- It takes 2 years to complete of full-time study although the time may vary depending on the subjects.
The other types of degrees offered in these stages are Post-Master's Degree/Certificate, Diploma/Certificate and Degree of Education Specialist.
3rd stage consists of Research Doctorate. It takes at least 4-5 years of full-time study and research after that.