Pasadena City College

Student Transfer Information




Thank you for your interest in Mount Saint Mary’s University for your bachelor’s degree. Our affordability and easy transfer process make the Mount a great choice for your transfer. Because at Mount Saint Mary’s University, all our students are truly {UNSTOPPABLE}!

MSMU is a top-rated university with an 11:1 student/faculty ratio, where educators take an active role in your education, helping you to achieve success across 30 academic degree programs.

Mount Saint Mary’s University is well known for attracting the highest level of talent from the academic community. This means you’ll be learning from the best, no matter which degree program you choose. And our focus on experiential learning means you’ll go outside the classroom for real-world learning, something you won’t find at many other universities.

You made a great choice by starting your education at Pasadena City College. Since 1924, the home of the Lancers has prepared generations of students for four-year degree programs.

But as you complete your education at PCC, you’ll want to continue that journey with the best. And that means Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Want to learn more? Get in touch with a Mount admission counselor to learn how easy a transfer to Mount Saint Mary’s University can be.

The time is now, and your dream is within reach, when you transfer to Mount Saint Mary’s University.


Credit Transfer and Articulation

Every transfer student has one primary concern: will my credits earned at Pasadena City College transfer to MSMU?

A Mount admission counselor can answer best, but the short answer is, yes! Read on to learn more.

MSMU now accepts the general education (GE) transfer requirements of the UC and CSU.

If you’ve been taking a curriculum at PCC that is transferrable to a California public university, your credits will also transfer to MSMU.

Completion of either the CSU General Education Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) fulfills our LACE General Education requirements with the exception of the upper division Integrative Scholarship (6 units) and the Capstone (1-3 units) which may be fulfilled by the major Capstone requirement.


Is your course transferable? We analyze its course description with similar ones from MSMU.

MSMU accepts the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for the following majors:

  • BA in English
  • BS in Criminology
  • BA in Psychology or Applied Psychology
  • BA in Business Administration
  • BS in Sociology
  • BA in Journalism and New Media
  • BA in Film & Media
  • BS in Film/Media & Social Justice
  • Read more information on ADTs here



Affordability and Value

Earning a liberal arts degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University gives you a wide-ranging background in science, mathematics, social sciences and the humanities. Mount programs are designed to prepare you for the complexity, diversity and ever-changing landscape of the professional world. Indeed, most employers agree a candidate’s ability to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems are key — and these are the skills you will acquire when you earn your degree from MSMU.

We focus on not only making earning a degree affordable, but in providing you with true and lasting value in your education. In fact, studies show those with liberal arts degrees on average earn higher salaries by the time they are in the mid-50s compared to those who earned professional degrees.

Your Mount education will help you adapt to the workplace of tomorrow, today. And that is true and lasting value.

MSMU Financial Aid Facts:

  • MSMU offers the Dean’s Transfer Award of $10,000 to all admitted transfer students. This award is eligible for renewal and is a scholarship directly from the Office of Admission.
  • More than 98% of students enrolled at MSMU receive some form of financial aid from the university. In fact, the Mount awarded more than $33 million in aid to students during the 2017–2018 school year.
  • We've been consistently ranked among the top schools in the country for our true and lasting value.
    • New York Times (2017): "Number- one U.S. private selective college for students’ overall economic mobility."
    • Money Magazine (2018): "One of the top U.S. colleges that add the most value."
  • Work study is available to resident students. Non-residents may appeal for work study consideration for compelling cases.
  • There are also non-work study jobs available on campus.
  • DACA students receive an Access Award of $5,000 annually.

Transfer Application and Checklist

Transfer students can enroll in for either our fall or spring terms.

MSMU accepts transfer students for the fall and spring terms for all majors (except Nursing). Learn more about our majors and programs

  • Applications for non-nursing transfer students are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • The non-nursing transfer priority application deadline for the fall term is November 1st.
  • The non-nursing transfer priority application deadline for the spring term is March 15th.
  • The Transfer BSN application deadline is February 1st. This program starts in the fall term only.


Worried about not being able to enroll in popular courses due to overcrowding?

It’s not a problem at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Graduate on time by fulfilling major requirements on schedule, saving valuable time and money when compared to state schools. You’re that much closer to beginning your career when you graduate from the Mount.

Get in Touch

Your future is {UNSTOPPABLE} when you complete your four-year degree at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Our admission counselors will help you on the next phase of your educational journey.Contact us today.

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