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Associate Degree FAQs

The following questions and answers will provide students with more information about Boise State University’s Concurrent Enrollment Associate Degree option.


Associate Degree Faqs

What is the total cost of an Associate Degree?

Dual credit courses cost $65 per credit in the state of Idaho. Therefore, an associate degree with about 60-64 credits typically costs between $4,160-$4,420.

What extra time commitments should I expect?

You should expect to take summer courses while also keeping track of the credits you earn alongside an advisor. A Concurrent Enrollment advisor will assist you in documenting your credits on a degree planning sheet.

If you work outside of school or participate in multiple activities, it may be difficult to maintain a strong academic standing in your college-level courses. Please be aware that advising is critical to your success while pursuing an AA/AS degree. That said, set aside time to meet with a high school counselor and Concurrent Enrollment advisor as needed to stay up-to-date on your progress.

What can I do with an Associate Degree?

Possessing an associate’s degree can lead to a variety of careers, depending on your area of study. You can also transfer credits earned in an associate’s degree program towards a bachelor’s degree. Work with a college and career advisor to learn about more options related to your professional goals.

How will an Associate Degree help me with my future academic goals?

Boise State’s Associate Degree combines University Foundations courses with major requirements in a chosen field. Graduates of these 2-year programs can either transfer their credits to a baccalaureate degree program or enter the workforce. The AA/AS degree is equivalent to the first two years of college and is accepted at Idaho public universities.

Other college and universities will accept the degree but individual credits may not transfer. Parents and students are encouraged to research the policies at their colleges of interest.

What kinds of courses can I expect to take while pursuing an Associate Degree?

You’ll need to complete around 64 credit hours, or roughly 20 courses, to earn an associate degree. Much of your coursework will fulfill general education and Boise State’s University Foundations requirements, which will include math, English composition, social science and humanities courses. After completing general education courses, you’ll fulfill major concentration requirements or take electives in your preferred area of study.

Some college level courses contain mature and sensitive content. These courses may include class discussions that might be uncomfortable for certain students.

Additionally, 15 of the 64 credits a student earns to receive Boise State’s associate degree must be taken through the university. Students planning to earn a Boise State associate degree need to meet the requirements of the catalog that is in effect when first enrolled or of any subsequent catalog year.


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