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Associate Degree for Transfer

Associate Degree for Transfer

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440) establishes a Transfer Associate of Arts (AA-T) or Associate of Science (AS-T) degree for California Community College students and is designed to provide a clear pathway to the CSU degree major. It allows students to complete an Associate’s degree while satisfying lower division general education and major requirements for transfer at the same time.

It is important that students contact their local community college for information on meeting the requirements for a Transfer Associate of Arts (AA-T) or Associate of Science (AS-T) degree. For more information getting an Associate Degree for Transfer please visit adegreewithaguarantee.com. For information about the 60-unit guarantee, please visit the Office of the Registrar site.

Note regarding the new version of the Business Administration Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC):

  • If you earn an ADT that is based on the first version (1.0) of the Business Administration TMC, it will only be considered similar to the Global Supply Chain Management option. 
  • If you earn a Business Administration ADT that is based on the new version of the TMC (2.0), it will be considered similar to all options of the Business Administration program beginning Fall 2022.

If you have questions about which version of the Business Administration ADT is offered at your school, please visit their transfer center for more information.

Equivalent/Similar ADT: AA-T/AS-T

  • Step 1: Apply to the CSUSM Major Equivalent to your AA-T/AS-T Degree by the given admissions deadline.

    Select appropriate ADT major on Cal State Apply.

  • Step 2: ADT Verification is Submitted by your California Community College by March 15, fall term.

    • eVerify – Your California community college confirms you earned or will earn your ADT by Spring using the CSU Associate Degree for Transfer eVerification website. 

    Note: The eVerify website is for California community college staff to identify a CSU applicant's preliminary ADT degree status. Applicants/students do not have access to the eVerification website.

    • Verification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer Form – If you did not self-report your ADT during your application. Your California community college can confirm you earned or will earn your ADT by spring for the fall admission using the Verification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer Form.
      • The college can email the completed form to apply@csusm.edu or mail the completed form (received no later than March 15, for the fall admission) directly to:
    Office of Admissions
    California State University San Marcos
    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
  • Step 3: Submit Final Verification of your AA-T or AS-T Degree by July 15, fall admission.

    ADT final verifications must be in the form of an official transcript.

    A final official college transcript showing completion of all requirements for admission, including Spring grades, Associate Degree for Transfer (from a community college in California) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the given deadline.

    Fall Term Admission: July 15

    • Official Transcript – Your California community college sends an official transcript to California State University San Marcos with your awarded ADT degree information including degree type, major name and graduation date.
      • CSUSM will accept only electronic transcripts. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request.
      • For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school should send the transcripts (received no later than July 15, for fall admission) directly to:
    Office of Admissions
    California State University San Marcos
    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
     

    Contact your California community college if you have any questions about the ADT verification process.

     Note: For many California community colleges, graduation is not automatic upon the completion of all degree requirements. It is often the student's responsibility to submit a graduation application during published time periods. To avoid delays in the evaluation, degree verification and granting of your AA-T or AS-T degree, be sure to contact your community college for information on how and when to submit your graduation application. 

    Equivalent/Similar ADT: AA-T/AS-T

    If you would like to check if your AA-T/AS-T is Equivalent to a California State University San Marcos major, contact your California community college. You can also check the www.adegreewithaguarantee.com website. 

    How Equivalent/Similar ADT Affect Admission 

    Admission is based on information reported on official transcripts and self-reported information for planned and in-progress coursework from your application. Once you have been conditionally admitted, we verify this information against your final official transcripts. Please make sure to report accurate information.

    Your admission may be rescinded for any of the following reasons:

    • Your cumulative GPA drops below 2.0
    • You earn D or F grades in any coursework needed to complete the CSU General Education Transfer Pattern, ADT or Major preparation
    • You fail to earn the required 60 units by the end of the spring term    
    • You misreport and do not complete a required course

 

California Promise

The California Promise is a commitment by the California State University system to provide pathways to qualifying student populations to earn their degree in two years as an ADT Transfer. By participating in the program’s enhanced academic advising and priority registration, students will be on track to graduate on time, ultimately avoiding extra years of tuition costs.

To participate, students must be entering Transfer students with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) interested in completing their remaining requirements for baccalaureate degrees in two years.

For a list of program requirements and to submit the pledge form, visit the Office of the Registrar's website.