How long does it take to complete a degree while working full-time?
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Questions such as - How long does it take to complete a degree while working full-time? Can I complete my degree in one year?... Are the frequently asked questions by employed people. Central governments nodal agency The University Grants Commission i.e. UGC has already set the mandatory guidelines on minimum durations of all degrees in various disciplines or subjects. Listen to my podcast on this as given below -
- Listen @ 2:08 minutes The Doctoral or Ph.D. degree duration
- Listen @ 4:00 minutes The Master degree duration
- Listen @ 6:15 minutes The Bachelor degree duration
THE PH.D. OR DOCTORAL DEGREE
The Ph.D. or doctoral degree can be completed in 2 years. The maximum duration for a Ph.D. is decided by the University which may vary from 3 or 10 or 15 years also. Employed professionals must consult educated and trained counselors before admission to Ph.D. and know the latest rules and regulations in force. Since UGC has taken a tough stand on enrollments of Ph.D. and research courses, so-called copying of contents in published thesis, applicants must verify their admission decision carefully. A master's degree in a relevant subject with a minimum of 55% is the entry qualification for a Ph.D. Top Universities prefer to filter the application for a Ph.D. by conducting an entrance exam.
MASTER OR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE
Master or Postgraduate degree can be completed in a minimum of 1 to 2 years of duration. The maximum duration may vary from University to University which may depend upon the subject and number of credits required to complete the PG successfully. MCA the Master in Computer Applications is a postgraduate degree with a duration of 3 years. Whereas a Master of Library Science needs only 1 year. The entry qualification for this course is Graduation In Library Science. Those are exceptions. The rest of the other master courses need a minimum of 2 years of duration to complete such as MA, MCOM, MSC, MBA, MTECH, MSW, etc.
Working professionals must refer to notices of DEB and UGC before admission. The 3 years graduation is the minimum entry qualification for a master's degree. Few high-ranked universities use to conduct entrance exams to filter out the huge applications for PG courses.
BACHELOR'S OR GRADUATE DEGREE
Bachelor's or graduate degree can be completed in a minimum of 1 to 4 years of duration. It depends upon the subject and the number of credits required to complete the degree successfully.
WHICH DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED IN 1 YEAR?
The Bachelor of Library Science has a duration of 1 year which is a unique example of a 1-year degree. But, the entry qualification is a Bachelor's degree in any subject. Few IT or Computer Science graduation courses can be completed in 2 years if you have an entry qualification of 3 years Engineering Diploma in IT or Computer Science. Engineering degrees such as BE or B.Tech have a duration of 4 years. Whereas MBBS has almost 4.5 years of duration.
The entry qualification for any bachelor's degree is proof of completion of 10+2 i.e. 12th or 3 years engineering diploma. Govt or private employees have limited options of bachelor or master degrees which they can complete in distance or online learning Mode.
CAN I COMPLETE MY 3 YEARS DEGREE PROGRAM IN ONE YEAR STILL?
This is the most frequently asked question by applicants. Candidates may complete their degree in one year if they have already passed all subjects of the 1st and 2nd year of graduation. In this scenario, you may apply to the same University for 3rd year, before the expiry date of your registration which is usually 6 years from the date of the registration. Otherwise, you have to re-start from 1st year again.
I COULD NOT PASS 10TH / 12TH, CAN I COMPLETE MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE?
Few Govt owned Open Universities offer bachelor's degrees in arts and commerce to any Indian citizen who has completed 18 years of age without any entry qualification barrier. For example, YCMOU, IGNOU, etc conducts an entrance exam for such candidates who have not completed 12th and wanted to enroll in BA or BCOM. The successful candidates further enrolled into the Bachelor Preparatory Program i.e. BPP of 6 months. On successful completion of BPP, candidates may enroll in 1st year BA or BCom courses of the same University that conducted the BPP.
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* Reference - The notification number F. 5-1/ 2013 (CPP II) in March 2014 of UGC.
* The maximum course duration may differ from University to University according to the UGC guidelines.
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