If you are thinking about transferring from M State to a four-year college or university, stop in and visit with an academic advisor to make sure you are on track to transfer to your college or university of choice.
Transfer Guideline - When and what you should be doing:
0-12 Credits: Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your transfer plan.
24 Credits: Browse college websites and explore major options.
30 Credits: Visit prospective colleges and look into transfer scholarships.
30-45 Credits: Review degree audit (DARS) and see your academic advisor.
45+ Credits (Final Semester):
Check out the transfer planning timeline worksheet, located at the bottom of this page, which details what you should be doing each semester.
The most important thing you should know is that the receiving college or university decides which credits transfer and whether those credits meet its degree requirements.
Since all colleges and universities are unique and differ in how they accept courses and other types of college credits (CLEP, AP, IB, international credits, etc.), it is important to talk to an M State academic advisor, consult college catalogs and websites, and talk to advisors at the four-year institution.
AA degree, AS degree, AAS degree - What makes these degrees different?
To ensure a smooth transfer from M State to a four-year college or university, it is important to understand the types of degrees offered at M State:
For students who are undecided about their major and who are interested in a four-year degree, the AA degree is a good program to follow until deciding.
Things to think about in preparation for transferring:
For help with transfer questions or concerns, contact an M State academic advisor or an advisor at the institution to which you plan to transfer.
What is the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)?
The MnTC curriculum was designed to help standardize general education requirements, enabling students to transfer from one MnSCU institution to another without losing credits. Ten goal areas were developed, based on subject areas or themes. More detailed information about the MnTC is available on our website.
I am an AS or AAS degree student; what are my transfer options?
An AS has a minimum of 30 MnTC credits, and an AAS degree has at least 15 MnTC credits required. All MnTC courses will transfer to a four-year college or university. Investigate if your particular program has any articulation agreements. These agreements guarantee acceptance of part or all of your AS or AAS credits. Otherwise, if you transfer to a college or university without an articulation agreement, technical courses are reviewed on a class-by-class basis. Typically, technical credits do not transfer to a four-year college or university without an articulation agreement, although some may be transferable as elective credits, depending on your declared major.
What is an articulation agreement?
An articulation agreement is an agreement between M State and a four-year college or university. This agreement specifies that all or some credits from a particular technical diploma or degree will be accepted toward a specified four-year degree program/major of study.
What are the 20 credits of elective courses for the Liberal Arts & Sciences AA degree?
The 20 credits can consist of additional MnTC courses or other elective college credit courses, including technical courses. M State will count up to 20 technical credits transferred from another institution. If you have not completed technical credits prior to your enrollment in the AA program, it may be in your best interest to take additional MnTC or other courses that are fulfilling major requirements for your bachelor's degree program of choice.
Are there transfer resources on the Web that I can use?
MnTransfer.org is a resource for students, academic advisors, and educators to locate information to guide in transfer planning - including transfer policies and procedures, articulation agreements, student services and transfer contact information. Most information is specific to the University of Minnesota and the MnSCU system.
uSelect is a multi-state Web-based database of course equivalency and transfer information that provides program information, course descriptions and equivalencies, and links to schools' student services websites. It also offers a degree planning option to view how your courses transfer to other participating schools and universities.
Can I transfer to another college prior to completing my M State degree?
Yes, but we encourage students to complete their M State degree as this may result in a smoother transfer process. Students can actually transfer back credits from another college or university to finish their M State degree. The following steps will help to ensure a smooth experience in completing the degree requirements:
Check out the Transfer Credits Back to Complete Degree checklist, located below, which details the steps you should take.
Last modified: February 14th, 2014 at 10:36am