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  • NOVA counselors help students prepare for transfer

    Our counselors will let you know which NOVA courses will transfer and help you to create a schedule based on those courses.

  • start at NOVA and finish at the university of your choice

    The Guaranteed Admissions program gives you an opportunity to save thousands in tuition costs. Start at NOVA and finish at the college or university of your choice.

  • students attend transfer events

    NOVA students can take advantage of the many free transfer events offered throughout the academic year.

NOVA's talented faculty and low cost make it a great place take your first step toward a bachelor's or advanced degree.

We offer the following degrees to students who plan to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college work at NOVA and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their junior and senior years of a bachelor's degree:

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate of Science (A.S.)

Note: Applied degree programs (A.A.A. and A.A.S.) are not designed to transfer, although in special cases graduates of applied programs may be able to transfer.

Plan a Transfer

It’s never too early to begin planning for a smooth transfer. The longer you wait to make a decision, the more you risk delaying degree completion.

Guaranteed Admissions

Guaranteed Admissions Agreements secure your entrance into more than 40 colleges and universities when you meet the requirements.

Transfer Agreements

NOVA has two types of transfer agreements with many institutions -- Guaranteed Admission Agreements and Articulation Agreements.


NOVA is proud to be partnered with George Mason University and the University of Virginia to assist with successful transfer to these institutions.

George Mason University

NOVA has a strong, long-standing alliance with George Mason University. Mason and NOVA partnered to help NOVA students achieve their goal to transfer to Mason in an efficient and timely way. We have made it possible through coordination between the schools on transfer policies, enhanced advising and acceptance of equivalent courses to offer students a seamless transfer process. In addition, administrators and faculty from the two institutions worked together to define course transfer and to develop new curricula. Each year, thousands of students successfully transfer from NOVA to George Mason University. With their exceptionally diverse student bodies and several campuses near one another, Mason provides an excellent opportunity for NOVA students who want to stay in Northern Virginia while pursuing their baccalaureate.

University of Virginia- School of Continuing & Professional Studies

Two degree programs make it possible for working adults to complete a degree from UVa part-time through evening and online classes. Choose from the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree, a transfer degree program with classes offered online, and in the evenings and weekend at NOVA’s Alexandria and Loudoun campuses. It is exclusively for NOVA students who have completed 60 credits, at least 15 of which have been earned at NOVA. The online Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) degree prepares nationally certified health professionals with the appropriate associate’s degree to assume managerial and leadership roles in the health care system. NOVA students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in an applicable health program may apply for admission to the BPHM under the Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA).