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Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

Developed as a result of the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act, the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is designed to provide students with a clear pathway to a California State University (CSU) major and baccalaureate degree. Students who wish to earn an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) or Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) from MiraCosta College must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Complete a minimum of 18 units in an approved ADT major.
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or "P" or better. Courses completed with a C- from U.S. regionally accredited colleges may be used to complete this requirement.
  • Complete the certified CSU-GE (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C)* general education pattern.
  • Obtain a minimum CSU-transferable GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

* Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area IC: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.

California community college students who are awarded an ADT are guaranteed priority admission with junior status to a participating CSU campus and given priority admission to their local CSU campus. MiraCosta students earning an ADT or completing traditional admission requirements have local priority admission to California State University San Marcos. To view which CSU campuses accept these degrees, please visit the I Can Go to College website at

Priority admission does not guarantee admission to a specific major. Participating CSU campuses determine that the degree awarded by MiraCosta is similar to a degree that can be awarded at that campus. This may include an emphasis or option within the degree or another degree program. Once admitted, students are required to complete only 60 additional prescribed units to qualify for a similar baccalaureate degree. Students are encouraged to consult with a MiraCosta counselor to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program and which degrees are considered similar on those campuses.

Courses from other US regionally accredited colleges will be reviewed for placement on an ADT based on existing C-ID numbers and/or course comparability to the transfer model curriculum template developed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

The associate degree for transfer may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus, the University of California, or a private or out-of-state university. Students are encouraged to consult with a MiraCosta College counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer and to develop an educational plan designed to meet their educational goals.

Associate Degree for Transfer Majors

MiraCosta College offers the following ADT majors:

Campus Locations

MiraCosta Community Learning Center

1831 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92058
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MiraCosta Oceanside Campus Building

1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
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MiraCosta San Elijo Campus

3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
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MiraCosta Technology Career Institute Building

2075 Las Palmas Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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