Students often decide to transfer to a different college or university while completing a degree. Minnesota State institutions work together to make transferring as easy as possible.

All of our 37 colleges and universities offer all or part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a 40-credit package of general education courses accepted for transfer to other state colleges and universities, the University of Minnesota, and many private colleges and universities. Individual courses are evaluated by the institution you are transferring to, so it’s important to plan early and ask questions to ensure what credits fulfill the requirements of your new degree program.

Below are some transfer options and descriptions:

Transfer Pathways
Minnesota State offers Transfer Pathways that allow you to complete a specific associate degree and transfer to any of the seven Minnesota State Universities. If you complete a Transfer Pathway degree at a Minnesota State college and are admitted to a state university, you will be guaranteed junior status and given assurance that all 60 college credits will count toward the related bachelor’s degree.

Types of Degrees

  • Associate of Arts (AA) – Designed to transfer into most liberal arts four-year majors; however, some baccalaureate majors may require specific pre-major courses as part of the degree program.
  • Associate of Science (AS) – Two-year program designed for transfer into a specific four-year major and will likely require completing additional general education courses at a university.
  • Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) – Two-year program designed for transfer into a specific four-year major and will likely require completing additional general education courses at a university.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – Two-year program for a specific occupation. While some courses may transfer, the degree is not designed for transfer.

Articulation Agreements
Formal transfer articulation agreements between two or more colleges and universities allow a "receiving" school to accept transfer credits from another school toward a specific academic program. Articulation agreements are generally for specialized professional or technical programs offered at colleges that can be applied to a specific program/major at the receiving university.

Reverse Transfer
Reverse Transfer is a process by which university coursework is transferred back to a previously attended community college for the purpose of awarding an Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

Military Training
Use the Veterans Education Transfer System to find out how your military training and experience transfers into academic programs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Private School Closings
Click here if you attended a private college that has recently closed or will be closing and want more information about transferring to Minnesota State.