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Associate Degree for Transfer Program (ADT)

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440/Padilla) established the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) for California Community College students and is designed to provide a clear pathway to a degree at the CSU. An ADT allows students to complete an associate degree while satisfying lower-division general education and major requirements for transfer at the same time.

Please Note: The Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T) degrees are different from other Associate degrees (AA/AS) offered by the California Community Colleges. Students can visit the CSU website for more information on ADT programs.

An Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) is an umbrella term that houses two different degrees in multiple subjects. Students can earn either an Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and/or an Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T) in specific pathways. Earning an ADT guarantees a student admission into a CSU campus as long as they meet the minimum CSU requirements.

Please note: Earning an ADT does not grantee admission into Cal Poly Pomona.

Students admitted to CPP with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) that is deemed similar to the major they were admitted into, will be invited to participate in the California Promise Program. This program will allow students to finish their bachelor’s degree in two years by taking 30-semester units per academic year. To get more information about eligibility requirements please visit our California Promise Program webpage.

Cal Poly Pomona receives more qualified applicants than we can accommodate, therefore students with a similar ADT will receive additional consideration during the admission process. Students are required to declare a major when submitting an application. The following criteria must be met for CPP to be able to utilize an ADT in the admission process:

  • The student must be pursuing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) at a California Community College. 
  • The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) must be deemed ‘similar’ to a corresponding major program at CPP.
  • You must apply to that corresponding major at CPP when filling out the Cal State Apply application.
  • The Community College must verify that you are on-track to complete the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), via an electronic process, prior to the term you are admitted into.
    • All admission requirements must be met, and the ADT must be granted no later than the prior Spring term in order to utilize its benefits, for Fall admission.
    • All admission requirements must be met, and the ADT must be granted no later than the prior Summer term in order to utilize its benefits, for Spring admission.

If a student successfully meets these requirements the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) curriculum is used in lieu of requirements listed in our Supplemental requirements (for impacted majors only) and students will get a GPA bump as mentioned above.

An Associate Degree for Transfer is not an admissions requirement.

Applicants must submit verification that they have or are finishing the remaining requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) by the stated admission term’s Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) completion deadline.

For this verification to be accomplished, the California Community Colleges have established a priority schedule for Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) eligible students.

  • Students are asked to submit their “petition to graduate” with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) at the community college they are attending.
  • The community college will confirm applicant eligibility for the ADT directly with the CSU via an online e-Verify portal.
  • A final transcript showing the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) awarded and must be submitted to the Admissions office.

Students who have completed an approved Associate Degree for Transfer deemed ‘similar’ to their CPP major are eligible to graduate in 60 units.

The 60-unit graduation option will not be possible if the student changes majors or elects to add any additional degree objective, such as a second major or minor.


Similar AD-T to Cal Poly Pomona majors
California Community College AD-T Degree Type Cal Poly Pomona Degree/Subplan Degree Type
Administration of Justice AA-T Criminology
Political Science
Agriculture Business AS-T Agribusiness and Food Industry Management B.S.
Agriculture Plant Science AS-T Plant Science - General B.S.
Anthropology AA-T Anthropology - Applied Anthropology
Anthropology - Archaeology
Anthropology - General
Art History AA-T History - General B.A.
Biology  AS-T Biology - General B.S.

Business Administration 1.0*

Business Administration 2.0



Computer Information Science 

Finance, Real Estate and Law
International Relations
Management and Human Resources
Marketing Management
Technology and Operations Management

Chemistry AS-T Chemistry - General B.S.
Child and Adolescent Development AA-T Sociology - General
Sociology – Social Work
Communication Studies AA-T Communication - Multimedia Journalism B.A.
Early Childhood Education AS-T Early Childhood Studies - Early Childhood Teaching
Early Childhood Studies - Non-Teaching
Economics AA-T Economics B.A.
Elementary Teacher Education AA-T Liberal Studies – General
Liberal Studies - Pre-credential
Early Childhood Studies - PK - Grade 3
English AA-T English B.A.
Environmental Science AS-T Environmental Biology B.S.
Geography AA-T Geography B.S.
Geology AS-T Geology B.S.
History AA-T History - General B.A.
Hospitality Management AS-T Hospitality Management B.S.
Journalism AS-T Communication - Multimedia Journalism B.S.
Kinesiology AA-T Kinesiology - General B.S.
Law, Public Policy, and Society AA-T Criminology
Political Science
Mathematics AS-T Mathematics B.S.
Music AA-T Music - General (Performance) B.A.
Nutrition and Dietetics AS-T Nutrition - Nutrition and Health B.S.
Philosophy AA-T Philosophy - General B.A.
Physics AS-T Physics - General B.S.
Political Science AA-T Political Science - General B.A.
Psychology AA-T Psychology B.A.
Public Health Science AS-T Kinesiology - General B.S.
Social Justice Studies AA-T Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies – General
Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies - Pre-credential
Political Science – General
Social Work and Human Services AA-T Sociology - Social Work B.A.
Sociology AA-T Criminology
Spanish AA-T Spanish - General B.A.
Theatre Arts AA-T Theatre – Acting
Theatre - Dance Theatre
Theatre - Design and Technical Design
Theatre – General
Theatre - Theatre in Education and Community Engagement

 *Cal Poly Pomona will discontinue accepting the AD-T in Business 1.0 starting Fall 2025.