Associate degrees

Online Associate Degrees | Online programs

Prepare for the career you want by enrolling in an associate’s degree program online or on campus. You will learn from industry specialists and gain the knowledge and skills you need to progress in your career. You will have the Support academic and career advisors who are dedicated to your success, and can take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country. As a not-for-profit university, we are committed to keeping your costs low and haven’t raised our tuition in a decade.

The benefits of earning your associate degree from SNHU include:

  • Programs adapted to transfers. Transfer credits to your bachelor’s degree. Once you’ve earned your associate’s degree, you can easily transfer up to 90 credits to your bachelor’s degree.
  • Convenience. Whether you’re looking for 24/7 access to online classes or a traditional on-campus classroom experience, you can choose the program that best suits your learning style.
  • Affordability. SNHU is committed to making education accessible and affordable. We keep our tuition low and offer financial aid to those who qualify.
  • Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, hands-on experience.

Earning your associate degree at SNHU will help prepare you for entry-level positions or promotional opportunities. Or, you can choose to continue your studies seamlessly with one of our bachelor’s degree programs.

Explore our associate degrees today.

Start with an Associate’s Degree

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current job or break into a new field, earning an associate degree is an important step in taking your career to the next level. Designed to be completed in as little as 2 years – or even faster if you have transfer credits – the associate degree is an attractive option for learners looking to further their education.

Stand out in a competitive job market

With the job market becoming increasingly difficult to maneuver, earning an associate degree can open the door to new opportunities. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs requiring at least an associate degree are expected to increase by 11% from 2016-2026.*

After taking time off from school and struggling to find her niche in healthcare, Emma Gilbert ’14 decided to branch out and enroll in an associate’s degree program at SNHU. “My husband suggested that I take courses in business administration to broaden my scope of practice,” she said. Shortly after starting school, Gilbert received a job offer.

His story is no coincidence either. On average, people who have earned an associate degree are less likely to be unemployed than those who have no further education beyond high school.**

Climb the career ladder

It’s not just entry-level job seekers who are affected by the demand for candidates with college degrees. Increasingly, adults with workforce experience are enrolling in associate degree programs to advance their careers.

“Recently, I’ve seen my company look more to graduates when considering promotions,” said Michael Hall, a business administration student associate. “I decided to step out of the shadows and go back to school for business administration.”

17.4% increase in average weekly earnings with an associate degreeBeyond opening doors to more job opportunities, earning your associate degree is a great way to invest in yourself. On average, associate degree graduates earn 17.4% more than those with only a high school diploma.**

Enter your baccalaureate

An associate’s program is also a great option if you’re about to pursue your bachelor’s degree. Some students choose to use their associate’s degree as a stepping stone to earning general education credits that can then be assigned to a bachelor’s degree program of their choice.

When Michele Hale ’17 initially enrolled in SNHU, her goal was to earn her associate’s degree in accounting. After successfully completing the program, she was inspired, “Now, with the encouragement of my academic advisor, I can’t wait to enroll for my BS.”

Bachelor's Associate - get a head start on your bachelor's degreeThe good news is that when you earn your associate degree at SNHU, choosing to further your education isn’t a hassle – you can easily transfer your credits to one of our bachelor’s degree programs down the road.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupations that Need More Education for Entry are Projected to Grow Faster Than Average, 2017, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/emp/tables/education-summary. htm (accessed June 22, 2018).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Employment Projections, Unemployment Rates and Earnings by Education Achievement, 2017, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm (accessed 22 June 2018)