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Degrees offered by US institutions

Bachelor’s Degree

It is important to note that undergraduate degrees in theUnited Statesfall into two categories: the Associate Degree, which is a two-year degree (either an Associate of Arts Degree or an Associate of Science Degree) and the Bachelor’s Degree, which is a four-year degree. 

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree, students can choose to further their education by continuing onto graduate school, where they can earn a Master’s Degree or Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.). Do note that professional schools such as business school, law school, medical school, and pharmacy school are also graduate level institutions that prepare students for careers ins specific fields and require that students earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree before matriculating. (Refer the list of Majors offered by US Colleges at the bottom).

Postgraduate Study

There are close to 1,600 universities awarding postgraduate degrees in theUS, each offering its own curriculum and specialized fields of study.

Postgraduate Degrees on Offer:

Types of postgraduate degrees offered in theUSinclude a combination of research and taught components.

* Professional Master- the degree prepares you for a particular profession (e.g. business administration, architecture, social work, or public policy/administration, for example). Professional degrees generally require a set of mandatory core courses and electives, allowing students specialize or take courses outside the department. They mostly emphasize coursework and are unlikely to require a thesis. At the end of  some of these programs, students may need to complete an internship or a project.

* Academic Master – you generally complete the degree in two academic years (though there are a few one-year programs) and commonly lead to a career in academia or research. Students typically complete a thesis as part of their studies. In the humanities, these degrees may also involve meeting a minimum language requirement. Please note that some institutions will only offer admission for academic/research-based Doctoral degrees, although under circumstances they may award a Master’s degree to students who successfully complete the required coursework and Master's thesis, but do not go on to complete their Doctoral dissertation.

* Doctoral degrees – you’ll generally complete this degree in 4 to 5 years of study, though this will vary by university, its department and area of study. In general, the degree consists of two to three years of coursework culminating in oral and written qualifying exams before the student is admitted to doctoral candidacy and starts on two to three more years of dissertation research. A dissertation of publishable quality work is then required, followed by an oral exam or 'defense' to complete the degree. Depending on the department, students may apply for a two-year Master’s program and then continue on working toward the Doctoral degree or begin the Doctoral program straightaway.

* Medicine degrees - Medicine is a postgraduate degree in theUS. Students need to complete a first degree in a science related field before completing a four-year medical school degree. This is then followed by residency and internship programs to get a MD/DO medicine degree.

* Law degrees - Law is also a postgraduate degree in theUS. Students may complete a three-year JD degree following undergraduate study. Upon completion of the JD degree, students need to sit for a bar exam to become qualified to practice law in a given state. The JD degree prepares individuals to practise law in theUS. More often international students do a one or two-year LLM (Master’s in Law degree), if they have a first degree in law back in their home countries. Master’s in Law degree offers specialised study in a particular area of law, such as international law or tax law.

List of common Majors offered by Colleges inUSA

African Studies

American Studies

Asian & Pacific Area Studies

European Studies

Latin American Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

Afro-American (Black) Studies

Native American Studies

Hispanic-American Studies

Islamic Studies

Judaism & Jewish Studies

 

Agriculture

Agricultural Sciences

Animal Sciences

Plant & Soil Sciences

Agricultural Business & Management

Range Management

Agricultural Mechanization

Horticulture

Veterinary Sciences

 

Computer Sciences

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming

Data Processing

Information Mgmt. Sciences & Systems

Computer Mathematics

Library Science

 

Education

Bilingual/Cross-cultural Education

Special Education

Counseling

Adult & Continuing Education

Elementary Education

Pre-School Education

Junior Education

Senior High Education

Art, Music, & Drama Edu

Home Economics Education

Physical/Health/Fitness Education

Science Education

Vocational/Industrial Education

Business Education

Foreign Language Teacher Education

Liberal Arts Education

Social Science Education

Mathematics Education

Computer Science Education

Religious Education

 

Engineering

Aerospace Aeronautical 

Astronautical Engineering

Agricultural Engineering

Architectural Engineering

Bioengineering

Biomedical Engineering

Ceramic Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Communications Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Electronics Engineering

Geological Engineering

Geophysical Engineering

Industrial Engineering & Design

Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Mining & Mineral Engineering

Marine Engineering

Naval Architecture

Nuclear Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Surveying & Mapping Sciences

Systems Analysis & Engineering

 

Engineering-Related Technology

Drafting

Automotive Engineering & Tech.

Electrical Technology

Electromechanical Technology

Environmental/Energy Control Tech.

Engineering Mechanics

Occupational Safety & Health Tech.

Construction & Building Tech.

Aviation & Air Transportation

Transportation/Logistics

 

English & Literature

English Language

Classics & Classical Studies

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Linguistics

American Literature

English Literature

Speech & Rhetorical Studies

Technical and Business Writing

 

Foreign Languages

Foreign Languages/Literature

Chinese

Japanese

Asian Languages

German

Scandinavian

French

Italian

Spanish

Portuguese

Latin

Greek

Hebrew

Middle Eastern Languages

Russian

Slavic (other than Russian)

 

General & Interdisciplinary Studies

Humanities

Conflict Resolution/Peace Studies

Women's Studies

Liberal/General Studies

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Individualized Majors

 

Mathematics

Mathematics

Actuarial Sciences

Applied Mathematics

Statistics

 

Medical & Allied health Care

Dental Schools

Dental Assisting Schools

Medical Schools - All Majors

Medical Assisting Schools

Nursing Schools

Pharmacy Schools

Veterinary Schools

 

Military Science & Protective Services

Military Sciences

Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

Fire Protection & Security

 

Parks & Recreation Resources

Parks Administration

Sports, Recreation, & Leisure Studies

Equestrian Studies

Conservation Mgmt. & Protection

Forestry Production & Processing

Forestry

Wildlife & Fish Management

Ecology Sciences

Environmental Sciences

 

Philosophy, Religion, & Theology

Philosophy

Religion & Theology

Philosophy & Religion

Biblical Languages

Bible Studies

Religious Education

Religious Music

Ministry & Church Administration

 

Public Affairs & Law

Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

Public Affairs/Administration

Social Work & Social Services

Pre-Law

Legal Assisting

 

Religious affiliation

Catholic Affiliation

Protestant Affiliation

Mormon Affiliation

Other Religious Affiliation

 

Sciences

Biology

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Botany

Cell & Molecular Biology

Microbiology/Bacteriology

Zoology

Marine Biology

Biological Specializations

Physical Sciences

Astronomy

Astrophysics

Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology

Chemistry

Geological Sciences

Physics

Earth & Space Sciences

Science Technologies

 

Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Anthropology & Archaeology

Criminology

Economics

Geography

History

International Affairs/Relations

Political Science & Government

Psychology

Sociology

Urban Studies

 

Sports (Men’s & Women's)

Alpine skiing

Archery

Archery

Badminton

Baseball

Baseball

Basketball

Bowling

Crew 

Crew 

Cross-Country Running

Diving

Fencing

Field Hockey

Football

Golf

Gymnastics

Horsemanship

Ice Hockey

Lacrosse

Martial Arts

Nordic skiing

Riflery

Rodeo

Rugby

Rugby

Sailing

Soccer

Softball

Squash

Swimming

Tennis

Track & Field

Track & Field

Volleyball

Water Polo

Weight Lifting

Wrestling

 

Visual & Performing Arts

Visual & Performing Arts

Crafts & Artisanry

Dance

Design, Photography

Dramatic Arts

Film Arts

Fine Arts

Music

Museums & Preservation

 

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