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Associate Degrees for Transfer

Also known as AA-T and AS-T degrees

Student cross a pedestrian bridge.The Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (Senate Bill 1440, California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Learn and explore more at the official website, A Degree with a Guarantee.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students who complete an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system. Admission to a particular campus or major is not guaranteed; however, AA-T/AS-T students receive priority admission consideration.

Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult a counselor for assistance with an education plan, identifying similar majors at the CSU campuses, and for additional information about admission requirements.

Associate Degree for Transfer logoThe following is required for all AA-T and AS-T degrees:
  • Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major (click the major name below for required courses). All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis. 
  • Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern
    (CSU GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).


Degrees Available

Mt. SAC currently offers the AA-T and AS-T degrees listed below. Additional degrees are being developed and will be updated here as they are finalized. Click on the degree name for the required major courses (from the 2019-20 Mt. SAC Catalog).

Associate in Arts - Transfer (AA-T)
Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T)


Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) logo

Use MAP to track your AA-T/AS-T progress! You can easily see the courses you have completed and which courses you still need order to earn one of these degrees.  More information about MAP.