Definitions for "Associate's degree"
An award that requires the completion of at least two academic years of college-level work or the equivalent in an academic or occupationally specific field of study, and which meets institutional standards for otherwise satisfying the requirements for this degree level.
A degree given for successful completion of some courses of study at a two-year college.
In some fields, an associate's degree is awarded at the completion of a two year post-secondary program. Some of the courses taken for an associate degree may apply to a bachelor's degree should a student wish to continue studies.