Associate's Degree (Education) Law and Legal Definition

Associate’s degree is a degree earned upon completion of a degree program at a 2-year college. Associate’s degree is only awarded when the prescribed course of study has been successfully completed. Generally, the degree program would be an undergraduate course of study. In the U.S., an associate's degree is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year college or university degree. It is the lowest in the hierarchy of post-secondary academic degrees offered in the country. An associate’s degree is also called ‘two year degrees.’