Degree Questions and Answers

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What is an AS-T/AA-T Degree?

The Associate of Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) and the  Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) are degrees developed by the state of California to facilitate transferring to a four-year state university.

Depending on the field, a student will earn either an AS-T or an AA-T degree.

What transfer degree does the Business Department offer?

The business degree is the AS-T, or Associate of Science for Transfer in Business Administration degree. The AS-T degree includes 60 units which are transferable to a California State University.  See a business counselor for further details.

Why would I consider this over the regular AA Degree?

The AS-T offers the fastest, most direct route to transfer to a four-year California state university.

CSUF has indicated that students with AS-T/AA-T degrees get preferential review of applications and also receive a slight bump in GPA when applying to the university.

NOTE:  CSUF accepts the AS-T for certain concentrations only.  Please be advised to check with a counselor to determine if your chosen focus area will be accepted by the CSU of your choice.

For those students who are applying to private or other universities (not part of the California State University system), a traditional AA may be the right option for you.  Students should check with a counselor to determine the best approach for him/herself.

PLEASE SEE your counselor to review your options.

California Community Colleges

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act requires California Community Colleges (CCC) to develop and to grant associate degrees for Transfer AA-T or AS-T, with the following stipulations:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework that would be eligible for transfer to the California State University, including General Education:
  • Completion of least 18 units of coursework in a major or area of emphasis as defined by the CCC
  • Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework

California State University

A California Community College student who has earned the Associates in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science degree for Transfer (AS-T) will be granted priority admission to the CSU into a similar baccalaureate (BA) degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements. Once admitted, the student will only be required to complete 60 additional prescribed units to qualify for the similar baccalaureate degree.

SB 1440 does not guarantee a student admission for a specified major or campus, but requires the California State University to grant a student priority admission consideration to the local CSU campus and to a program or major that is similar to the transfer AA degree as determined by the California State University.



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Four Reasons to Get a College Degree


It makes the world go around. A college degree will add somewhere from hundreds of thousands of dollars to over a million dollars to your lifetime earnings. If you can’t spend the time and money to get a degree, a certificate can be a difference maker. It will show an employer your interest and abilities in an area. And remember, a higher starting wage means higher raises and more opportunities to save money.


The number of job opportunities available to a degreed job seeker is significant. Many doors will open once you have proven to potential employers that you have the tenacity and drive to complete a degree or certificate. And the opportunities don’t stop after you are hired. Once you’ve proven yourself on the job and your employer knows you are degreed, you will be considered for many other higher level positions.

Thinking Skills

Yes, this is a soft benefit, but one to value nevertheless. The critical thinking and reasoning skills you learn in college will stay with you for a lifetime, and will come in handy for the many challenges life throws at you.  In today’s economy, most workers are considered “knowledge workers”. A degree will help you learn where to get information and how to learn things quickly —  skills all employers desire.

Pride and Sense of Self

Whether you are the first in your family to get a degree or one in a line of many, a college degree will afford you confidence, pride and a good sense of self-worth. And a college degree is one thing that no one can ever take away from you.

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