Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE) Transfer Students

The following information applies to students who are earning an Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering degree from a Maryland public community college.  If you do not fall within this category, please visit our transfer student page.  

About the ASE Degree

The ASE was developed to help ease students’ transfer from two-year to four-year engineering programs and to help expand the pipeline into engineering careers. It is a transfer-oriented degree built around an outcomes-based statewide agreement. The ASE degree is designed to transfer as a degree, rather than on a course-by-course basis, into parallel four-year engineering programs in Maryland.

Please note that currently not all Maryland community colleges offer the ASE degree. Be sure to check with your community college to make sure the degree is available. For more information on the degree program, please visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission ASE Website.

Admissions Process

The ASE degree does not guarantee admission into the A. James Clark School of Engineering. ASE transfer students will need to meet the gateway requirements outlined by the Clark School.  

The transfer admissions process for the Clark School of Engineering is handled by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Clark School's Undergraduate Advising Office.  We strongly encourage prospective transfer students to contact these offices so they can learn about the transfer admissions process and the requirements for admissions into the Engineering programs.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Limited Enrollment Programs
Clark School Undergraduate Advising

ASE Degree Verification

Upon completion of their program, students must submit official transcripts with the official ASE degree posted.  Students will also be required to complete all of their major course with a minimum grade of a "C-" or better. Please note that without official confirmation of the ASE degree, the student's transfer credits will be subject to a course-by-course evaluation and some courses may not transfer without the completed ASE degree.
We recommend students to also bring a copy of their official transcripts with them to New Student Orientation, especially to those students attending an early orientation program. This will help us verify that you have completed your degree and plan your coursework accordingly.

Curriculum Information

The ASE degree typically covers the first two years of a student's academic program. Up to 70 credits of the ASE will be accepted by the University of Maryland.  Upon succesful transfer to the University of Maryland, the student will complete the remaining 300 and 400 level courses.  Students will be expected to complete at least 60 credits at the University of Maryland. Please note that the degrees are not interchangeable; so a student who completed an ASE degree in Computer Engineering cannot expect the degree to transfer to the Electrical Engineering major (and vice versa). 
For information on the required courses for ASE students, please visit the following sites:

Sample Plan

The following sample plan provides information about the typical course load taken by an ASE transfer student:

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