Transfer degree programs

Transfer degree programs are designed for students who plan to continue their degree studies at a four-year college or university. By earning an M State associate degree - also called a transfer degree - students fulfill the first two years of many bachelor's degree programs.

M State offers three transfer degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts and Associate of Science.

Each of the M State transfer degrees requires students to take a specific number of courses that fulfill Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas. The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum was created to help standardize general education requirements and allow students to transfer from one institution to another within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. There are 10 specific goal areas that are based on subject areas or themes.

 

Associate of Arts degree

An Associate of Arts degree is intended for transfer to a college or university that awards baccalaureate degrees. It requires completion of a 60-credit academic program in the liberal arts and sciences. Those 60 credits must include at least 40 credits that fulfill the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas. The AA degree program is named Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information please visit our Associate of Arts Degree page.

 

Associate of Fine Arts degree

An Associate of Fine Arts degree requires completion of a 60-credit (or more) academic program in particular disciplines within the fine arts. The AFA degree is designed to transfer in its entirety to a baccalaureate degree program in a related fine arts discipline. An AFA requires a minimum of 24 credits selected from at least six of the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The requirements for the specific disciplines are:

For more information please visit our Associate of Fine Arts Degree page.

  • An AFA in Art requires a minimum of 24 creditsselected from at least six of the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
  • An AFA in Music requires at least 30 creditsselected from at least six of the 10 goals areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
  • An AFA in Theatre Arts requires completion of the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with a minimum of 40 credits.
 

Associate of Science degree

An Associate of Science degree is awarded upon completion of a 60-credit academic program in a scientific, technological or other professional field. The AS degree is designed to transfer in its entirety to one or more related baccalaureate degree programs. The AS degree requires a minimum of 30 credits selected from at least six of the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

 

Transferring from M State

M State's academic advisors work with students seeking an AA degree to tailor courses and create a curriculum based on individual career interests. Course requirements can vary according to your intended major and the four-year institution you plan to attend, so our focus is on a personalized education plan for each student. If you are undecided about your major, our advisors can help you plan your education options.

 

Advantages of earning an AA degree at M State

  • You'll enjoy a four-year college experience on a two-year college campus
  • Small class sizes mean a personalized education
  • Our low cost per credit makes M State an exceptional educational value
  • You'll have an opportunity to explore your career interests
  • Courses are taught by faculty with master's or doctorate degrees in their field of study
  • Spartan Centers offer academic assistance on all M State campuses
  • Online courses are available through eCampus
  • Student life activities provide opportunities for campus involvement
  • Scholarships are available
  • Faculty and staff help students build a solid foundation for success at a four-year university
 

Career preparation

An AA degree is excellent preparation for continued studies in the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences. Some of the most popular degrees pursue by our AA graduates include:

Accounting
Agribusiness
Biology
Business
Communications
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Education
English
Fisheries and Wildlife
History
Health Occupations
Human Services
Mass Communications
Mathematics
Music
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Social Work
Visual Arts
 

Power of YOU

M State's Power of YOU provides two years of tuition-free college for up to 100 area high school graduates, allowing them to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with no student debt.

Using scholarship funds contributed by community donors, POY scholarships pay for all tuition costs that are not covered by state and federal grants.

Priority consideration is given to students pursuing Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Fine Arts transfer degrees.

Students from specific high schools are eligible for scholarships on each of our campuses. To see whether you're eligible, visit our POY web page or call 877.450.3322. POY scholarships are based on financial need and other eligibility requirements.

Last modified: May 25th, 2016 at 04:05pm