Associate's of Science Transfer (AS-T) Degree FAQ

What is the AS-T?

AA-T and AS-T are acronyms for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees that are designed specifically for transfer to the California State University System.  The degrees are the results of Senate Bill 1440, a transfer bill that required the California Community Colleges to offer associate degrees for transfer in many of the most popular majors, and for the CSU to provide priority admission to California Community College students who have earned an AA-T or AS-T degree.  These degrees can be completed in 60 transferable semester units (or 90 quarter units) and include coursework in general education, major preparation and electives.

What must I do at community college to earn an AS-T for transfer?

Students working toward an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree must complete 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of required general education coursework and major-specific lower division coursework. To be as competitive as possible, keep your grades up in community college and make sure you meet the admissions requirements for the CSU campus and the major that interests you, and submit all application materials by the posted deadlines.

Does the AS-T guarantee admission to Sac State?

Students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree and meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to a CSU, but not necessarily to a particular campus or major.

Does an AS-T in Administration of Justice guarantee admission to the Criminal Justice major at Sac State?

No. Students with an AS-T degree in Administration of Justice need to both apply for admission to the institution as well as to the Criminal Justice program via the supplemental application.  Return to  How to Apply to the Criminal Justice major.

I'm working on an AS-T so can I fast-track my degree.  Do I still need to meet all the requirements?

 Although, AS-T graduates may be admitted to the major without completion of all four lower division courses, we strongly urge you to complete these courses. No other lower division CJ/AJ courses will be applied to your major graduation requirements. Failure to have completed the equivalents for the four following courses before transferring will delay completion of your degree.

  • CRJ 1, Introduction to CJ
  • CRJ 2, Criminal Law
  • CRJ 4, Fundamentals of Investigation
  • CRJ 5 Community and the Justice System

Please see assist.org for community college equivalents of these courses.

I met the requirements for AS-T and turned in the AS-T paperwork  to Admissions and Outreach on time, but I still didn't get in to the Criminal Justice major. Why not?

Transfer students applying to an impacted major must submit a Supplemental Application to be considered for the major.  Submitting an admissions application to Admissions and Outreach does not satisfy the supplemental process.

I completed the AS-T and submitted all paperwork to the Admission and Outreach office, as well as the supplemental application for Criminal Justice, but I still didn’t get in to the Criminal Justice Major. Why not?

Students who earn an AS-T degree and meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to a CSU, but not necessarily to a particular major.  You must also meet the necessary eligibility requirements for the Criminal Justice program and submit the Supplemental Application.

I have an AS-T but I wasn't accepted to the major because I didn't turn in the confirmation paperwork on time. Do I still get to use the AS-T criteria for next semester’s supplemental application?

No.  You are only allowed to use the AS-T criteria for the semester of transfer. For example: if you transfer in Fall 2014, you may not use the AS-T criteria to be considered for Spring 2015.  All paperwork must be submitted by the deadline to the Admissions and Outreach office, Lassen Hall 1100, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6048

What are the benefits of completing an AS-T in Administration of Justice at my California Community College?

Students who complete an AS-T have several benefits during the Admission process.

  1. They will meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements and guaranteed admission to a CSU.
  2. During the supplemental application review period, students will be allowed to:
  • Receive an increase of .1 towards their GPA to meet the minimum Criminal Justice requirements.
  • They will be allowed to have the CRJ 1, 2, 4 and 5 in progress.  Non-AS-T transfer students will not be allowed this exemption.

Note: We strongly urge you to complete these courses. No other lower division CJ/AJ courses will be applied to your major graduation requirements. Failure to have completed the equivalents for the four following courses before transferring will delay completion of your degree.


Return to  How to Apply to the Criminal Justice major.