The Maricopa Community Colleges Announce Partnership with Purdue University Global, Leader in Adult Online Education

TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 19, 2020 – The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has announced a new partnership with Purdue University Global, a public, nonprofit institution that offers access to a world-class education online, which is personalized to meet the needs of working adult students who are looking for flexibility to fit learning into their busy lives. The partnership will facilitate students’ transfer from the 10 colleges of the MCCCD system to Purdue Global, allowing for the opportunity to achieve a degree from a school within the respected Purdue University system

“The Maricopa Community Colleges are thrilled to begin this partnership with Purdue Global, which allows our students access to a quality education through an effortless transfer experience,” said Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “Over a third of our students intend to transfer to a university after MCCCD and through our partnerships with Purdue Global and other four-year universities, we can better serve students with options for continuing their journey in higher education.

“Purdue Global and the Maricopa Community Colleges are committed to providing greater educational opportunities and services for students transferring between institutions,” Purdue Global Chancellor Frank Dooley said. “This commitment strongly supports the concept of seamless transfer that embraces the principle that transfer students should not be required to repeat courses for learning they have already demonstrated and achieved.”

Qualifying students will maximize, as much as possible, the application of their community college coursework and credits to their bachelor’s degree program, with guaranteed admission into Purdue Global and their preferred school of study.

The maximum number of lower-division credits that can be accepted and applied to a bachelor’s degree at Purdue Global is 86 semester credits. This transfer credit limit will be the difference between total credits required for bachelor’s degree completion and university upper-division requirements. Furthermore, the majority of transfer pathways from MCCCD to Purdue Global will facilitate the application of at least 60 credits when students complete an associate degree and transfer to complete a complementary bachelor’s degree.

Purdue Global will provide materials, catalogs, and other information to MCCCD advisors to facilitate their understanding of university requirements and academic programs.


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About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global is the extreme personalization online university, providing students the competitive edge to advance in their chosen careers. It offers a hyper-tailored path for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves more than 31,000 students (as of June 2020), most of whom earn their degree online. It also operates several regional locations nationwide. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest, Indiana, as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, please visit