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Transfer Credits

How should I prepare if I am considering transfer?

Planning ahead is vital if you think you may transfer. Be sure to speak with an advisor or transfer specialist at your college or university to get the best possible advice and determine the path best for you. Most courses have the potential to transfer, and all 37 state colleges and universities offer part or all of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a 40-credit package of general education courses commonly accepted. Keep in mind, although your credits may transfer, some may not fulfill the specific requirements of your new degree program – be sure to meet with an advisor to plan your best path forward.

What degrees are designed to tranfer?

If you plan to transfer, it is important to know which degree path is right for you:

  • Associate of Arts (AA) degrees are designed to transfer into liberal arts four-year majors.
  • Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees transfer into specific four-year majors and will likely require completing additional general education courses at a university.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are not designed to transfer. They lead to immediate entry into the workplace.
  • Diplomas and certificates are not designed to transfer. They lead to immediate entry into the workplace.

Talk to a transfer specialist as early as possible. Be sure to review your Degree Audit Report (DARS) each semester to best prepare for transfer.

Where can I get more information about transfer?

Do the smart thing right from the start! Talk to a transfer specialist and an advisor at the Minnesota State college or university you wish to attend, and visit the college or university website. You may be entering college with credits already earned: find out how they will transfer by visiting www.transferology.com to see how courses at one participating Minnesota State institution are accepted into specific programs or majors at other participating institutions. Transferology also lets you know how standardized exams and military credit transfer into programs or majors.

Transfer Pathways Coming Soon:

Minnesota State will soon begin rolling out Transfer Pathways: 30 degree programs designed to help you plan and complete an associate degree at many Minnesota State two-year colleges, and transfer to any Minnesota State university that has a parallel program. These pathways can help you complete a bachelor’s degree quickly and cost effectively. Starting in fall 2017, the first four Transfer Pathways will be available: biology, business, psychology, and theatre.