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In the United States, associate degrees are usually earned in two years or more and can be attained at community colleges, technical colleges, vocational schools, and some colleges, as well as at some universities. A student who completes a two-year program can earn an Associate of Arts/Associate in Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science/Associate in Science (AS) degree. AA degrees are usually earned in the liberal arts and sciences such as humanities and social science fields; AS degrees are awarded to those studying in applied scientific and technical fields and professional fields of study. Generally, one year of study is focused on college level general education and the second year is focused on the area of discipline.

Students who complete a two-year technical or vocational program can often earn an Associate of Applied Science/Associate in Applied Science (AAS), although sometimes the degree name will include the subject (a "tagged" degree).

Transfer admissions in the United States sometimes allows courses taken and credits earned on an AA, AS, or AAS course to be counted toward a bachelor's degree via articulation agreements or recognition of prior learning, depending on the courses taken, applicable state laws/regulations, and the transfer requirements of the university.

Common associate degree titles include:

Associate of Applied Business (AAB)
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Associate of Applied Technology (AAT)
Associate of Arts (AA)
Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)
Associate of Business Administration (ABA)
Associate of Electrical Engineering Technology (AEET)
Associate of Electronics (AE)
Associate of Engineering (AE/AEng)
Associate of Engineering Technology (AET/AEngT)
Associate of Forestry (AF)
Associate of General Studies (AGS)
Associate of Industrial Technology (AIT)
Associate of Nursing (AN)/Associate Degree Nurse/Nursing (ADN)
Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS)
Associate of Science (AS)
Associate of Science in Computer Assisted Design (AS-CAD)
Associate of Technology (AT)

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