What does my degree mean?

Eastern Michigan University confers a number of degrees to honor and recognize our students' academic achievements. These degrees are often classified according to their educational level, topic of study, and the nature of the coursework and research involved. Eastern Michigan University awards the following degrees.

  • Bachelor's Degree (BA, BS, BSc, BFA, etc.) Expand dropdown
    A bachelor's degree is a four-year undergraduate degree and is the most common degree awarded by universities. It signifies completion of a comprehensive program of study in a specific discipline. Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) are common variations, with the former focusing on liberal arts and humanities, while the latter emphasizes scientific and technical subjects.
  • Master's Degree (MA, MS, MSc, MBA, etc.) Expand dropdown
    A master's degree is a postgraduate degree typically requiring one to two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. It provides a higher level of specialization in a particular field. Common variations include Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and more.
  • Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD) Expand dropdown
    A doctoral degree is the highest level of academic achievement and represents expertise in a specific area of study. It usually involves several years of advanced coursework, research, and the completion of a dissertation or thesis. Common examples include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD).
  • Professional Doctorate (DNP, etc.) Expand dropdown
    Professional doctorates are advanced degrees designed for individuals pursuing careers in professional fields such as business, nursing, or healthcare. They often include a significant practical component and are distinct from research-oriented PhD programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is one example.
  • Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) Expand dropdown
    An honorary doctorate is an honorary title conferred by universities to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to society, even if they haven't completed formal academic programs. It's a recognition of their achievements and contributions.
  • Certificate Programs Expand dropdown
    Certificate programs offer focused, specialized training in a specific field and are typically shorter than degree programs. They are designed to provide practical skills and knowledge for specific career paths.
  • Postgraduate Certificates Expand dropdown
    These are advanced credentials obtained after completing a bachelor's or master's degree. They provide further specialization or expertise in a specific area without the full commitment of a degree program.
  • Specialized and Professional Certifications Expand dropdown
    While not traditional degrees, specialized certifications are often awarded in fields such as information technology, project management, and healthcare. They demonstrate competence and knowledge in a particular skill or area.

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