Associate Degree for Transfer


Earn priority admission to the California State University (CSU) system with junior standing once you earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) at a California community college. The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Each ADT is accepted by some, but not all, CSU campuses.

The joint transfer program is an ideal path for students to transfer between the two college systems. Students complete 60 units at a California community college to receive an ADT, then complete 60 semester units/90 quarter units at a California State University to receive your bachelor’s degree.

View a short presentation on the ADT Transfer Program.

Trustees vote to expand CSU transfer program

The SDCCD Board approved an additional seven Associate Degree for Transfer programs, on top of the 11 Associate Degrees for Transfer approved earlier this year, bringing the total number approved by the board to 65. The latest Associate Degree for Transfer programs were approved in Biology, Chemistry, and Economics at San Diego City College; Chemistry and Music at San Diego Mesa College; and Biology and Chemistry at San Diego Miramar College. The programs now go to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for final approval. The programs now go to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for final approval. Learn more ...

What makes an ADT?

  1. 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. 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, many CSU campuses and majors may require a higher GPA.  
  3. Complete a general education pattern:


  1. Complete, with a C or better, major coursework required for the specific ADT.  See below.
San Diego Mesa College San Diego City College San Diego Miramar College



How do I establish an ADT plan?

  1. Attend a CSU workshop in the Transfer Center to learn the specifics about the ADT program.
  2. Meet with a Counselor to establish an ADT Educational Plan .

What steps do I take to transfer?

Follow the CSU, and specific campus transfer deadlines:

An ADT does not guarantee a student admissions to a particular California State University, however, students who earn an ADT from San Diego Mesa College have an increased chance of admissions to San Diego State University, over those students who earn an ADT from colleges outside of the SDSU service area.