Education system in the USA
The United States of America offers qualitative education. The education system has 12 years of primary and high school followed by graduate college or professional and technical courses.
Primary School - Primary schooling starts at the age of 5 and continues for 5 to 6 years.
High School - After the first 5 years of primary schooling, the students go to the high school which continues for 6 to 7 years.
Once a student obtains their high school diploma, they are considered eligible for college or university admission.
This level allows students to pursue either an Associate Degree or a Bachelors Degree. It is followed by post-graduate and doctorates (PhDs).
Degree courses and the course period
Associate Degree: Equivalent to the first 2 years of a Bachelor’s Degree Programme, this 2 year course is the lowest level above high school.
Bachelor’s Degree: A 4-year degree course that considers your TOEFL/IELTS and SAT scores for admission. It offers B.A. and B.S. degrees interchangeably in various subjects.
Master’s Degree: This 1- or 2-years degree course requires 16 years of prior education. Exams required are GMAT (for management subjects), GRE (for science, arts and other subjects), and IELTS/TOEFL scores for admission exams.
Doctorate/PhD: Ranging between 3 to 5 years, only a post-graduate qualification holder can apply for a Doctorate/PhD. This requires a research proposal and GRE/GMAT and IELTS/TOEFL scores for the admission.