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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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Last modified: November 16th, 2015 at 11:01am