Higher Degrees Earned

Higher Degrees

Faculty who complete a higher degree should contact the Human Resources Department to update the following:

  • HR personnel file
  • Compensation rate to correspond with the higher degree

Pay increases are effective the following term. If HR receives a higher degree from a faculty member, the academic school(s) will be contacted.

Degree equivalency:

  • Doctorate, MFA, CLS
  • MA, MS
  • BA, BS, AA, AAS, and Certifications

If a degree is in question regarding the status of being a terminal degree or not, contact Human Resources so that the degree is evaluated and proper pay is established.


Hard-copy transcripts are considered official when they arrive in a sealed, stamped, official envelope with the seal and any other security feature intact. Electronic transcripts are considered official when received from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution or testing service. Academic records received in any other condition, such as transcripts that arrive in an unsealed envelope, that you email or upload yourself, or that are printed from the school portal, are not considered official.

  • Transcripts must be turned in to HR prior to the start of the term.
  • Submit your transcript electronically on the Parchment website.
  • Mail in official transcripts to CNM Human Resources; 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE; Albuquerque NM, 87106.