Well...this varies from part of the country to part of the country.
Largely, at least in the midwest, an associates degree is a associates degree. A two year program doesn't really give you enough time to take many courses beside what]* required for a two year degree at most state colleges.
My bet is that there is probably 3-4 courses total that seperate these associate degrees. The one in science probably has more math in it, the one for arts probably has more sociology.
I can't imagine either not being as useful as the other. In saying that, I mean that either will accomplish the same thing. Prove to a potential employer that you've 'learned to learn' and more importantly, give you the stepping stone for the BA or BS in whatever field you choose.
Don't get to wound up in thinking about that Masters. Focus on your next degree, ONLY. When you get done with that, evaluate were you are, what you want, then pick the next area of focus, and go to th e next level.
I've seen way to many peers focus on a Higher degree for the sake of the sheepskin, realizing when they finsihed, it didn't change the fact that they hated thier job, and now were more tied to thier hated job.
One last thing, anything past a BA or BS, does not automatically mean more money. Typically you need experience and then that MBA will help bolster the pocketbook.
(at least from what I've seen/experienced)
Hope this helps.
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