What is a Transfer Degree?

Students who intend to earn a bachelor's degree at a four-year school can complete the first two years of their college education at Moraine Valley. Students will enroll in general education courses and interest-specific electives along one of four associate degree paths. These classes are largely the same courses you would complete in the first two years at a four-year school, but by completing them at Moraine Valley, you will save a significant amount of money on the cost of tuition and may be eligible for transfer student scholarships.

 

The two most common transfer degrees are the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and the Associate in Science (A.S.). They help prepare you for a variety of majors at four-year schools. Obtaining your associate degree can make it more likely that you will transfer to a four-year school with junior status.

Why Moraine Valley?

Students can complete their first two years of study at Moraine Valley for virtually any bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. Each of the Moraine Valley’s associate degrees — Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)—are a combination of core general education courses and major-specific electives.

To ensure a seamless transfer, students need to consider which four-year college or university they plan to attend and will select coursework according to that institution's transfer guidelines. Moraine Valley academic advisers are available to help students develop an individual educational plan.

Cost Comparison

Cost of a Single 3-Credit-Hour Course

Choosing to take your classes at Moraine Valley can save you hundreds of dollars per class and thousands over your first two years of college. Compare the cost of taking a 3-credit-hour course at Moraine Valley to some popular Illinois institutions.

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Moraine Valley
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Northern Illinois University
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Illinois State University
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Saint Xavier University
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Lewis University

Note: These costs are for tuition only. In some cases, fees and other expenses are additional. Based on the most recently reported rates.
Source: collegeboard.org

Transfer Degrees

Associate in Science Degree

A.S. Degree

You would select an A.S. if your intended major is, but not limited to:

 

Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Engineering
Information Technology
Mathematics
Physics
Technology

 

 

 

 

 

Associate in Arts Degree

A.A. Degree

Select an A.A. if your intended major is, but not limited to:

 

Art
Business
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
English
History
Mass Communications
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Special Education
Theater

Associate in Fine Arts

A.F.A. Degree

The A.F.A. is designed to meet the unique needs of students who plan to major in art or music. Typically, the bachelor’s degree for art or music majors requires students to complete a sequential list of courses to support a portfolio in the major during their freshman and sophomore years and will require that students complete additional general education at the transfer school. Students who are interested in art education are recommended to earn an A.A. degree rather than an A.F.A. degree.

Associate in General Studies

A.G.S. Degree

This degree is designed for students who have nontraditional educational goals or are transferring to schools with an atypical general education core curriculum. It’s also for students completing career certificate programs that don’t otherwise have an associated associate degree option, such as welding or medical assistant.

 

 

 

 

Tambra Bullock

Tambra B.

Moraine Valley Graduate

“Moraine Valley is very compatible with a lot of transfer schools, so it was easy to transfer. I went into Columbia College as a junior and didn't need to make up any classes. It was pretty convenient for me, plus I saved a lot of money.” 

Ensure a Smooth Transfer to a Four-Year School

Students who know their intended transfer institution are advised to meet with an academic advisor each semester to create a detailed education plan that will make the transfer process simple and easy. Also, refer to the Illinois Articulation Initiative for assistance in transferring between Illinois higher education institutions.

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In-State Transfer Guides

Transfer guides from the state of IL

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Out-of-State Transfer Guides

Transfer guides outside the state of IL

Undecided?

If you haven't chosen a major yet, you're not alone. Many students are unsure of what major would work best for them. Meet with a Moraine Valley career counselor to discuss career options and/or an academic advisor to develop a flexible education plan that will apply to various majors.