Abbreviation for Associates Degree

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An associate degree (or associate's degree) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study intended to usually last two years. It is considered to be a greater level of education than a high school diploma or GED. The first associate degrees were awarded in the U.K. (where they are no longer awarded) in 1873 before spreading to the U.S. in 1898. They have since been introduced in a small number of other countries.

Individual educational institutions and institutions outside of the United States may use a variation of the abbreviation shown above for a specific degree. For clarification on a specific abbreviation, check the institution's website to verify the degrees which are granted.

  • AA – Associate in Accounting
  • AA – Associate of Arts
  • AB – Associate of Business
  • AM – Associate of Music
  • AN – Associate of Nursing
  • AS – Associate of Science
  • AT – Associate of Technology
  • AAA – Associate of Applied Arts
  • AAB – Associate of Applied Business
  • AAS – Associate of Applied Science
  • AAT – Associate of Arts in Teaching
  • AAT – Associate in Applied Technology
  • ABA – Associate of Business Administration
  • ABS – Associate of Biblical Study
  • ABS – Associate in Business Science
  • ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing
  • AEE – Associate in Electrical Engineering
  • AEJ – Associate for Education in Journalism
  • AES – Associate of Engineering Science
  • AGE – Associate in General Education
  • AGS – Associate of General Studies
  • AET – Associate in Engineering Technology
  • AFA – Associate of Fine Arts
  • AHS – Associate of Health Science
  • AIM – Associate In Management
  • AIT – Associate of Industrial Technology
  • AIT – Associate in Information Technology
  • ALA – Associate of Liberal Arts
  • ALA – Associate of Legal Administration
  • AOS – Associate of Occupational Studies
  • AOT – Associate in Occupational Technology
  • APS – Associate of Political science
  • APS – Associate of Public Service
  • APT – Associate in Physical Therapy
  • ARM – Associate in Risk Management
  • ASc – Associate in Science
  • ASN – Associate of Science In Nursing
  • ASR – Associate of Science in Radiography
  • THA – Associate in Theology
  • AAAS – Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences
  • AABA – Associate of Arts in Business Administration
  • AAGS – Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • ADCJ – Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
  • ADiv – Associate of Divinity
  • Amin – Associate of Ministry
  • ASBA – Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • ASCJ – Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • ASCM – Associate of Science in Construction Management
  • ASDH – Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • ASDM – Associate of Science in Digital Media
  • ASGE – Associate of Science in General Education
  • ASMA – Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • ASPT – Associate of Science in Physical Therapy
  • AAMIN – Associate of Arts in Ministry
  • AASCJ – Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • AASET – Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology
  • APEng – Associate of Pre-Engineering
  • ASCIS – Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • ASCNT – Associate of Science in Computer Network Technology
  • ASEET – Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
  • ASMET – Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology


Degree abbreviations vary from college to college but many are the same. For example, in the United States "B" always stands for bachelor and "M" always stands for master. Some universities use the Latin name for the degree which may cause the abbreviation to be reversed. For example, "A.B." is an abbreviation for the Latin degree "artium baccalaures" which can also be shown as "B.A" to reflect Bachelor of Arts. Most of the common fields of study use the same abbreviations with a few exceptions.    

Common U.S. Education Degree Abbreviations

Abbreviation for Associates Degree

Associate Level

  • A.A.  - Associate of Arts
  • A.A.S. - Associate of Applied Science
  • A.A.T. - Associate in Applied Tech.
  • A.O.T. - Associate in Occupational Technology
  • A.S. - Associate of Science

Bachelor Level

  • A.B. or B.A. - Bachelor of Arts
  • B.A.B.A. - Bach of Arts of Business Administration
  • B.A.Com. - Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • B.A.E. - Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Art Education, Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering
  • B.Ag - Bachelor of Agriculture
  • B.Arch. - Bachelor of Architecture
  • B.B.A. - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • B.C.E. - Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • B.Ch.E. - Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
  • B.D. - Bachelor of Divinity
  • B.E. - Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Engineering
  • B.E.E. - Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
  • B.F.A. - Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • B.In.Dsn. - Bachelor of Industrial Design
  • B.J. - Bachelor of Journalism
  • B.L.A. - Bachelor of Liberal Arts
  • B.M.Ed. - Bachelor of Music Education
  • B. Pharm. - Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • B.S. or S.B. - Bachelor of Science
  • B.S.A.E. - B.S. in Aerospace Engineering
  • B.S.B.A. - B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.S.C.S. - B.S. in Computer Science
  • B.S.Chem. - B.S. in Chemistry
  • B.S.E. - B.S. in Engineering
  • B.S.Ed. - B.S. in Education
  • B.S.M.E. - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S.Micr. - B.S. in Microbiology
  • B.S.S.W. - B.S. in Social Work
  • Ph.B. - Bachelor of Philosophy
  • Th.B. - Bachelor of Theology

Master Level

  • A.M. or M.A. - Master of Arts
  • M.Acct. - Master of Accounting
  • M.Aqua. - Master of Aquaculture
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration
  • M.C.D. - Master of Communication Disorders
  • M.C.S. - Master of Computer Science
  • M.Div. - Master of Divinity
  • M.E. - Master of Engineering
  • M.Ed. - Master of Education
  • M.Fstry. - Master of Forestry
  • M.L.Arch. - Master of Landscape Architecture
  • M.L.I.S. - Master of Library & Information Studies
  • M.M. or M.Mus. - Master of Music
  • M.P.S. - Master of Political Science
  • M.S. - Master of Science
  • M.S.C.J. - M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S.C.S. - M.S. in Computer Science
  • M.S.Chem. - M.S. in Chemistry
  • M.S.F.S. - M.S. in Forensic Science
  • M.S.M.Sci. - M.S. in Marine Science
  • M.S.Met. - M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering
  • M.Sw.E - Master of Software Engineering
  • M.S.W. - Master of Social Work
  • M.Th. - Master of Theology
  • Th.M. - Master of Theology

Doctorate Abbreviations

  • Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology
  • Art.D. or D.A. - Doctor of Arts
  • D.B.A. - Doctor of Business Administration
  • D.C. - Doctor of Chiropractic
  • D.D. - Doctor of Divinity
  • D.Ed. - Doctor of Education
  • D.L.S. - Doctor of Library Science
  • D.M.A. - Doctor of Musical Arts
  • D.P.A. - Doctor of Public Administration
  • D.P.H. - Doctor of Public Health
  • D.Sc. - Doctor of Science
  • D.S.W. - Doctor of Social Welfare, Doctor of Social Work
  • D.V.M - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education
  • J.D. - Doctor of Jurisprudence. Doctor of Laws
  • L.H.D. - Doctor of Humane Letters
  • LL.D. - Doctor of Laws
  • Mus.D. or D.M. - Doctor of Music
  • O.D. - Doctor of Optimetry
  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy
  • S.D or Sc.D. - Doctor of Science
  • S.Sc.D. - Doctor of Social Science
  • Th.D. - Doctor of Theology

Common Medical Degree Abbreviations

  • B. N. - Bachelor of Nursing
  • B.S.N. - B.S. in Nursing
  • M.N. - Master of Nursing
  • M.N.A. - Master of Nurse Anesthesia
  • D.D.S. - Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • D.M.D. - Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medical Dentistry
  • D.O. - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • D.P.T. - Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • D.S.N. - Doctor of Science in Nursing
  • D.Sc.PT - Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy
  • M.D. - Doctor of Medicine
  • O.D. - Doctor of Optometry
  • Pharm.D. - Doctor of Pharmacy


Structure of the U.S. Education System:

Associate Degrees

The associate degree can be awarded in academic or professional subjects and also in terminal career and technical programs.  Credits earned in associate degree programs can be transferred to bachelor’s degree programs under certain conditions.  The transfer of credits from associate degree programs to bachelor’s degree programs are usually governed by what are called articulation agreements between institutions. 

 Articulation agreements specify what courses and other credited work in specific subjects done at a community college may be considered for acceptance at the bachelor’s degree level, as well as what standard of performance must be met in order for the presented credits to be accepted.  These agreements are negotiated between the institutions and their faculties.

 An associate degree can be defined as “An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of at least 2 but less than 4 years of full-time academic study or more than 60, but less than 120 semester credit hours” (NCES).  Unlike certificate and diploma programs, the associate degree is a recognized higher education degree.  Most associate degrees earned in academic programs are Associate of Arts (AA) or Science (AS) degrees.  Associate degrees earned in professional, technical or terminal programs are frequently called Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, but will sometimes carry the name of the program of study in the title.

Occupational Outlook Quarterly's Guide to Associate Degrees provides information and data on associate degrees and the fields in which they are earned. 

Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit sets forth the policies and procedures agreed by recognized U.S. accrediting agencies for the transfer of credit between programs and institutions or between program levels.

AACRAO Directory of State Articulation Policies and Resources provides links to state regulations, oversight authorities, and other resources that deal with articulation agreements between associate degree and other sub-bachelor’s programs and providers and bachelor’s degree programs.



  • Associate of Applied Business (A.A.B.)
  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
  • Associate of Applied Technology (A.A.T.)
  • Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.)
  • Associate of Business Administration (A.B.A.)
  • Associate of Electrical Engineering Technology (A.E.E.T.)
  • Associate of Electronics (A.E.)
  • Associate of Engineering (A.E./A.Eng.)
  • Associate of Engineering Technology (A.E.T./A.Eng.T.)
  • Associate of Forestry (A.F.)
  • Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.)
  • Associate of Industrial Technology (A.I.T.)
  • Associate of Nursing (A.N.)/Associate Degree Nurse/Nursing (A.D.N.)
  • Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.)
  • Associate of Science (A.S.)
  • Associate of Science in Computer Assisted Design (A.S.-C.A.D.)
  • Associate of Technology (A.T.)



[1] Associate Degrees - U.S. Department of Education

[2] Associate's Degree | | NAL | USDA

[3]  NYS Nursing Programs: Associates Degree

[4] Associates Degree and Short-Term Substitute Permits