Academic Requirements for Transfer Students: 2-Year Degrees

Review the academic requirements for transferring to Penn State to pursue a two-year, associate degree.

General Eligibility for 2-Year Degree Programs 

We are glad that you are interested in transferring to Penn State. Associate degree programs are available at many campuses across the state and through our World Campus. To help you prepare to apply for one of our degree programs, please review our online guide to associate degrees to help you determine the best fit for your academic and career goals.

In addition to the general transfer eligibility for applicants, students wishing to pursue two-year, associate degrees will also have to meet the eligibility requirements outlined below.

Academic Eligibility for Associate Degrees

The academic colleges offering our associate degree programs have different academic requirements. Please review the following eligibility information:

  • Minimum GPA requirement: 2.0 GPA
  • Associate degree programs do not have specific course requirements.
  • Transfer admission is more competitive for certain programs, as some have limited space.
  • Some programs have specific application dates and deadlines. Please refer to the eligibility by college.

Tuition Advisory

Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. Credits earned from sources such as Military Credit and tests, like AP or IB exams, are considered transfer credits and are included in the cumulative credit total. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred to Penn State place you above 59.1 cumulative credits after the start of the semester, your tuition will increase immediately. You will receive a bill for the additional tuition on the first day of the following month. For more information, visit the Office of the Bursar's website.

Academic Requirements by College

Select the academic college below to determine the requirements for your intended program of study. Please contact your campus of interest with any further questions about transferring to Penn State.

Abington College

Associate Transfer Requirements: Abington College

Business Administration (2BAAB_AS)
Start and Finish: Abington
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (2LAAB_AA)
Start and Finish: Abington
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.

Altoona College

Associate Transfer Requirements: Altoona College

Business Administration (2BAAL_AS)
Start and Finish: Altoona
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice (2CJ_AS)
Start and Finish: Altoona
No additional requirements.
Human Development and Family Studies (2FSAL_AS)
Start and Finish: Altoona)
No additional requirements.
Letters, Arts, and Sciences ( 2LAAL_AA)
Start and Finish: Altoona
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Science ( 2SCAL_AS)
Start and Finish: Altoona
No additional requirements.

The Behrend College

Associate Transfer Requirements: The Behrend College

Electrical Engineering Technology (2EET_AENGT)
Start and Finish: Behrend, Fayette, York
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.
General Business (2GBBC_AS)
Start and Finish: Behrend
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (2LABC_AA)
Start and Finish: Behrend
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.

Berks College

Associate Transfer Requirements: Berks College

Business Administration (2BABK_AS)
Start and Finish: Berks
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Information Sciences and Technology (2ISBK_AS)
Start and Finish: Berks
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (2LABK_AA)
Start and Finish: Berks
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Occupational Therapy (2OTBK_AS)
Start and Finish: Berks
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.

Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College

Associate Transfer Requirements: Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College

Business Administration (2BACA_AS)
Start and Finish: Harrisburg
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice (2 CJCA_AS)
Start and Finish: Harrisburg or Start and Finish: World Campus
No additional requirements.
Letters, Arts, and Sciences ( 2LACA_AA)
Start and Finish: Harrisburg
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.

College of Agricultural Science

Associate Transfer Requirements: College of Agricultural Science

Forest Technology (2FORT_AS)
Start and Finish: Mont Alto
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Turfgrass Science and Management (2TSM_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
No additional requirements.
Wildlife Technology (2WLT_AS)
Start and Finish: DuBois
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.

College of Engineering

Associate Transfer Requirements: College of Engineering

Electrical Engineering Technology (2EET_AENGT)
Start and Finish: Behrend, Fayette, York
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.
Mechanical Engineering Technology (2MET_AENGT)
Start and Finish: DuBois, York
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.

College of Health and Human Development

Associate Transfer Requirements: College of Health and Human Development

Human Development and Family Studies (2EHFS_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
No additional requirements.

College of Information Sciences and Technology

Associate Transfer Requirements: College of Information Sciences and Technology

Information Sciences and Technology (2IST_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.

College of the Liberal Arts

Associate Transfer Requirements: College of the Liberal Arts

Labor and Human Resources (2LBE_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Letters Arts and Sciences (2LAS_AA)
Start and Finish: University Park, World Campus
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.

University College

Associate Transfer Requirements: University College

Business Administration (2BAUC_AS)
Start and Finish: Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York, World Campus
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice (2 CJUC_AS)
Start and Finish: Greater Allegheny
No additional requirements.
Electrical Engineering Technology (2EET_AENGT)
Start and Finish: Behrend, Fayette, York
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.
Forest Technology (2FORT_AS)
Start and Finish: Mont Alto
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Information Sciences and Technology (2ISUC_AS)
Start and Finish: DuBois, Greater Allegheny,Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, York
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Letters, Arts, and Sciences ( 2LAUC_AA)
Start and Finish: Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Hazleton, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre 
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Mechanical Engineering Technology (2MET_AENGT)
Start and Finish: DuBois, York
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.
Medical Laboratory Technology (2MLT_AS)
Start and Finish: Hazleton
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry are required, one unit each in biology and chemistry is recommended. No additional requirements.
Physical Therapist Assistant (2PTA_AS)
Start and Finish: Fayette, Hazleton, Mont Alto, Shenango
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics are required, one unit in biology and one other science unit is recommended. No additional requirements.
Radiological Sciences (2RSUC_AS)
Start and Finish: New Kensington, Schuylkill
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.
Wildlife Technology (2WLT_AS)
Start and Finish: DuBois
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.

World Campus, Penn State Online

Associate Transfer Requirements: World Campus, Penn State Online

Business Administration (2BAUC_AS)
Start and Finish: Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York, World Campus
One unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics. No additional requirements.
Criminal Justice (2 CJCA_AS)
Start and Finish: Harrisburg or Start and Finish: World Campus
No additional requirements.
Human Development and Family Studies (2EHFS_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
No additional requirements.
Information Sciences and Technology (2IST_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
One unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry. No additional requirements.
Labor and Human Resources (2LBE_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Letters Arts and Sciences (2LAS_AA)
Start and Finish: University Park, World Campus
Any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics. No additional requirements.
Turfgrass Science and Management (2TSM_AS)
Start and Finish: World Campus
No additional requirements.