Wouldn't it be nice to recognize the work you have already done by having an associate degree? The reverse transfer process helps you do just that by looking at your past and current credits among multiple institutions and putting them together to see if you qualify for an associate degree award.
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What is Reverse Transfer?
What are the benefits to me?
Finishing a college degree is an important milestone in your education. An associate degree is seen as a marketable credential for undergraduate students working their way through a baccalaureate degree.
An associate degree is also useful in obtaining a summer job or an internship--employers view a degree holder as someone who can "get the job done."
Life happens. At any time something unanticipated could happen and school is interrupted. An associate’s degree can be the edge needed when facing the job market unexpectedly.
It’s FREE and there is no risk – the hours earned at Murray State will apply toward both your associate and baccalaureate degrees. Not all Murray State courses may apply to an associate degree.
Is there a charge to participate?
Will I still be enrolled at Murray State University?
How does the Reverse Transfer process work?
Students who qualify for an invitation must meet all of the following conditions:
Currently enrolled Murray State University students
Seeking their first baccalaureate degree
Completed at least 60 cumulative hours between Murray State and the community college
Earned a minimum of 15 hours from the community college
Have a minimum cumulative gpa of at least 2.00
What if I don't qualify yet?
Don’t worry. You may be in the following semester’s invitation to participate. If you have questions about your qualification status, send an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will earning an associate's degree impact my eligibility for financial aid, scholarships and/or military benefits?
What schools participate?
At this time, we have partnered with the following local community colleges:
- Hopkinsville CC
- Madisonville CC
West Kentucky CTC
Additional schools may be added in the future.
How do I participate?
Each Fall (September) and Spring (February) semester, an email invitation will be sent from Murray State University’s Office of the Registrar to currently enrolled students who meet the minimum qualifications. If you did not receive an email but are interested in this opportunity, send an email inquiry to email@example.com.
The email invitation will contain a link to a Reverse Transfer Degree Application. Students can only access this application by using their Murray State login credentials.
Is there a deadline to apply?
The deadline to apply is near the end of February for the Spring semester and the end of September for the Fall semester. Details will be provided in the email and on the Reverse Transfer Application.
Am I guaranteed to earn an associate degree from my community college?
No. Students who receive an email invitation from Murray State University meet the minimum requirements to earn an associate degree. Your community college has additional requirements to earn the associate degree. Murray State, with your written permission via the Reverse Transfer Application, will send your cumulative academic record to your community college. They will carefully evaluate your record and award any credentials you may have earned.
When will I receive my diploma and who will send it?
Diplomas are mailed to students by the community college during their regular degree conferral process for that semester. Students who have financial or other holds at either Murray State University or their community college will likely not receive their diploma until the hold has been removed. Either school will notify you if you have a hold on your account.
Can I participate in a commencement ceremony at my community college?
Contact your community college for information regarding commencement participation.
If I graduate with an associate degree, does that mean I cannot return to my associate degree granting school and take additional courses or pursue another degree there?
No. As long as you meet that school’s admission criteria and are eligible for admission, you may pursue additional coursework or degrees in the future.
If you have consented to participate in Reverse Transfer and you have questions about your associate degree, contact your community college's registrar:
Henderson Community College - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopkinsville Community College - email@example.com
Madisonville Community College - firstname.lastname@example.org
Owensboro Community and Technical College - email@example.com
West Kentucky Community and Technical College - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have general questions about the Reverse Transfer process, contact email@example.com.