How do I get an Associate's Degree in Computer Science?

G. Wiesen
G. Wiesen
Students earning a computer science degree take a variety of computer courses.
Students earning a computer science degree take a variety of computer courses.

To receive an associate’s degree in computer science, you will typically need to begin by receiving a high school diploma or an equivalent certification. You will then want to find, and apply to, different schools that offer a program in computer science, specifically one that will award students an associate’s degree. Once accepted at such a school, you will need to complete the program necessary to receive your degree. The classes involved will typically vary somewhat based on the school. Once you complete the program, you can then begin working professionally or continue to work on a higher level degree.

An associate's degree in computer science can typically be received after about two years of work.
An associate's degree in computer science can typically be received after about two years of work.

An associate’s degree in computer science is a degree that can typically be received after about two years of work. It is an entry-level degree for employment in information technology (IT) or further study. The first step you will typically need to take toward this degree is to complete your prerequisite general education and receive either a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as a general educational development (GED) certification.

You can then find schools that offer a program in computer science, with an option for receiving an associate’s degree. Most schools that offer an associate’s degree in computer science will typically have a number of additional requirements for admittance. These can include letters of recommendation from advisers or teachers, passing standardized tests to demonstrate your educational development, and writing an essay about yourself. You should look into the requirements before you apply at any school.

Once you apply at a school and are accepted into a program, you can then begin working on the classes necessary to receive an associate’s degree in computer science. These courses will typically involve learning basic computer use, programming, creating and maintaining networks, and computer security. The exact classes required to receive your associate’s degree in computer science will vary depending on the school you attend, but once you complete your program you should then receive your degree.

With an associate’s degree in computer science, you can then begin working in the IT industry or continue your education. Positions in the IT industry for someone with an associate’s degree typically involve basic level programming and network administration. If you are interested in continuing your education, then you can typically begin working on a bachelor’s degree in computer science or programming, and your associate’s degree will often be considered as your first two years of work toward a bachelor’s degree.

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    • Students earning a computer science degree take a variety of computer courses.
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      Students earning a computer science degree take a variety of computer courses.
    • An associate's degree in computer science can typically be received after about two years of work.
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      An associate's degree in computer science can typically be received after about two years of work.