What is an Associate Degree for Transfer?


What is an Associate Degree for Transfer?

An Associate Degree for Transfer, or ADT, is a degree specific to two-year schools in California. There are two types of ADT degrees: an Associate in Art for Transfer and an Associate in Science for Transfer. Within this program, students can earn a two-year degree at any of California's 115 community colleges. Upon earning the degree, students are guaranteed admission to participating Cal State universities, private universities around California or select out-of-state schools. Students can even start on the ADT path while in high school by taking dual enrollment courses.

The ADT can also be used to transfer to universities that are not participating in the guaranteed admission system. In these cases, the courses will be evaluated similarly to other associate's degrees.

What are Common ADT Majors?

Students pursuing the ADT must declare a major as an associate's degree student and will transfer into a similar major at the university where they wish to earn their bachelor's degree. The chart below details some common ADT majors and some of the bachelor's degree majors into which students may transfer.

ADT MajorBachelor's Degree Major Options
Biology Biology, Pre-Health Sciences, Biology Teaching
Business Administration Business Administration, Finance, Marketing
Psychology Psychology, Early Childhood Development
Kinesiology Exercise Science, Physical Education Teaching
Computer Science Computer Information Systems, Software Engineering
Studio Arts Art Administration, Graphic Design, Studio Art

Must I Meet Any Requirements to Transfer?

You must complete the ADT, usually earning 60 credits to qualify for the benefits of this plan. Eligibility requirements, such as a minimum GPA, may be a precondition of enrollment. Typically, all majors will require at least a 2.0 GPA in order to transfer. Some majors may have higher cut-offs in place.

What are the Benefits of an Associate Degree for Transfer?

Earning the ADT before beginning a bachelor's degree program can have many benefits. Students are guaranteed admission to some universities and have priority consideration for impacted majors. Once students are enrolled, the courses that were taken as part of the ADT program will all transfer into the four-year university and will fulfill all general education requirements. Students enter with junior standing, and only 60 more credits will usually be required to earn the bachelor's degree. This may save both time and money for students entering with an ADT.

Are There Any Drawbacks to the Associate Degree for Transfer?

In order to build an effective educational plan, students in the ADT program are required to declare their major by their second semester of study and enroll in a similar major at the university to which they transfer. That means that this may not be an effective route for students who are truly unsure as to their course of study. Also, it is typically recommended that students progress directly from the ADT program into their bachelor's degree program because if a significant break is taken, the number of credits required to complete the bachelor's degree could increase. Therefore, if a student was planning to travel or work after earning an associate's degree, the ADT may not be the best pathway.

What are Credit Hours in College?

Students interested in learning about the concept of credit hours can read this article, which provides information about what college credit hours are, how they are earned, and a few different types of credit hours.

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