Degree Completion & Partnership Programs

clevelandDegree Completion Programs are intended primarily for adult students with prior college credit, or for community college students who intend to finish the associate’s degree while purposely preparing to complete a bachelor’s degree at Cleveland State University. The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs accepts academic and technical credits from regionally accredited institutions. Students may take advantage of the College’s online courses, evening and Saturday classes, and Credit for Life Experience program to facilitate timely completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

Transfer Programs for Associate Degree Holders

Students who have earned Associate of Applied Business (AAB), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in a number of fields can transfer their technical credits and complete a B.A. in a related area. An official transcript of all post-high school institutions attended must be submitted.

The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs also welcomes transfer students with or without an associate’s degree. For transfer student information including application procedures and transfer guides, see: The following degree completion programs are available:

Transfer Programs for AA, AAB and AAS Holders

ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs DEGREE
AAB, AAS or AA in a field related to Organizational Leadership B.A., Organizational Leadership
AAB, Paralegal Studies B.A., Urban Studies, or
B.A., Public Safety Management
AAS, Environmental Health and Safety Technology B.A., Environmental Studies, or
B.A., Urban Studies with Environmental Policy concentration
AAS, Emergency Management B.A., Public Safety Management
AAS, Fire Science B.A., Public Safety Management
AAS, Human Services B.A., Nonprofit Administration
AAS, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Police Science, Corrections B.A., Public Safety Management
AAS, Physician or Surgical Assistant B.A., Urban Studies, with Public Management concentration
AAS, Public Administration B.A., Urban Studies, with Public Management concentration
Community College University Partnership Programs

The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs offers programs through the University Partnerships at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) and Lakeland Community College (LCC). The partnership program allows students to enroll at the community college to complete lower-division requisite requirements and CSU General Education requirements. They may simultaneously enroll at Cleveland State University and take major field and college requirements.

  • Lorain County Community College students can complete the following degrees without leaving the LCCC campus:
    • B.A. in Public Safety Management
    • B.A. in Nonprofit Administration
    • B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies
    • For details, see the LCCC Partnership Program website at
  • Lakeland Community College students can complete the following degree without leaving the LCC campus:

Application Procedure for Partnership Programs:

  • Apply for admission to Cleveland State University 
  • Complete the “Partnership Application Supplement Form” and return it to the CSU Partnership office.
  • Follow application and enrollment procedures for either Lorain County Community College or Lakeland Community College.

As a student in a partnership program, when you complete courses at LCC or LCCC, an official transcript of your grades will be sent to the Cleveland State University Registrar’s Office so that these courses can be added to your CSU record.

Financial Aid:

University Partnership students apply for financial aid through Cleveland State University.

Cleveland State University does not pay tuition to Lakeland Community College or Lorain County Community College; partnership students need to make arrangements with those institutions for payment of tuition and fees.

Cuyahoga Community College Dual Admission Program

Students pursuing an associate degree at Tri-C may participate in the Dual Admission Program with CSU. 

Credit for Life Experience Program

The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs conducts an Assessment and Accreditation of Prior Learning Experience (AAPLE) Program which recognizes that learning takes place in settings other than the classroom and is designed to award academic credit for substantial previous learning experiences. In preparation for receiving this credit, students enroll in a two-credit hour course: UST 190* (Analysis of Experiential Learning in Urban Studies). Click here to learn more.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Program Director: Win Weizer

Public Affairs Student Services Center
Telephone: (216) 687-3884 / E-mail: