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A Degree is an award conferred by CSUMB (or another college or university) as official recognition for the successful completion of an academic program of study.

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An Associate's Degree or Associate's Degree for Transfer, normally requires at least two but less than four years of full-time equivalent college work and a minimum of 60 semester units.[1]

A Bachelor's Degree normally requires at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work and a minimum of 120 semester units.[2] Examples include a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

A Master's Degree normally requires the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one to two academic years of work beyond the bachelor's degree and a minimum of 30 semester units.[3] Examples include Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Doctoral Degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study and semester unit requirements vary by program.[4] The doctor's degree classification includes such degrees as Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.), Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

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  1. 5 CCR § 55063. Minimum Requirements for the Associate Degree.
  2. 5 CCR § 40508. The Bachelor's Degree: Total Units.
  3. 5 CCR § 40510. The Master's Degree.
  4. 5 CCR § 40512 - § 40518.