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OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR

Academic Procedures

Reverse Transfer


Reverse Transfer is a means by which a student may receive his associate's degree after he has transferred from a 2-year, lower division institution of higher education to a 4-year institution in Texas. The student's current academic transcript is forwarded to the 2-year institution and reviewed to see if that student has become eligible for the associate's degree.

According to Sec. 61.833 of the Texas Education Code, a transfer student who has

  • earned at least 30 successfully completed credit hours at a lower-division institution of higher education (public junior college, public state college or public technical institute), and
  • earned a cumulative total of 66 successfully completed credit hours, and
  • given signed authorization, can have his/her current TAMUK transcript sent to the designated lower-division institution of higher education for the purpose of determining whether he/she is eligible to receive an associate's degree from that institution.

You may be eligible for this program should you apply to a 4-year institution of higher education in Texas and have not already received your associate's degree.

Even though a student is now seeking a bachelor's degree, there are several advantages to the student who applies for the associate's degree through Reverse Transfer. Particularly,

  • the associate's degree is a marketable credential in the job place, giving students who possess the associate's degree an edge when applying for employment;
  • the associate's degree, while a student may still be seeking his bachelor's degree, shows prospective employers a certain level of responsibility, focus, and persistence which is required to attain the degree and is valuable in the workplace environment;
  • the associate's degree is also often a positive incentive aiding the student in completing the work required to attain the bachelor's degree.

The associate degree you were working on while enrolled at the 2-year institution is generally the degree you are awarded. To be certain, check with the student enrollment services department or your academic advisor at your 2-year institution.

No. Consult with the graduation coordinator or the Registrar's office at your 2-year institution to determine the process for awarding an Associate's Degree. 

Consult with the graduation coordinator or the Registrar's office at your 2-year institution to determine requirements. 


No. Reverse Transfer requires that the lower-division institution of higher education determines when degree requirements are satisfied by your cumulative credit hours for the associate's degree to be awarded. 


  • Does authorizing my participation in the Reverse Transfer program prevent me from returning to my 2-year school to complete my associate's degree requirement before attaining 66 cumulative credit hours at TAMUK?
    No. The Reverse Transfer program offered by TAMUK is a means for completing the associate's degree while pursuing your bachelor's degree. You may return to your 2-year school to complete the associate's degree.

  • How may I obtain more information on Reverse Transfer?
    You may refer to Section 61.833 of the Texas Education Code, "Credit Transfer for Associate Degree", at the following link: 

    http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.61.htm#61.833

    You may also contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-2811, or you may visit the Javelina Enrollment Services Center, MSUB.