Students who plan to transfer to a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus may be eligible to transfer under MassTransfer. MassTransfer provides options towards the completion of Associate and Bachelor degrees, clearing the way for student access and student success in Massachusetts’ public higher education system.
Transfer of Credit
Students who meet the following criteria will be guaranteed that a minimum of 60 credits will transfer to a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus.
- Complete an associate degree with a minimum of 60 credit hours exclusive of foundation coursework.
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0 (in a 4.0 system) at the community college awarding the degree.
- Complete the following minimum general education 34-credit transfer block exclusive of foundation coursework:
English Composition I and II 6 credit hours Behavioral and Social Science 9 credit hours Humanities and Fine Arts 9 credit hours Natural or Physical Science 7 credit hours Mathematics 3 credit hours Total 34 credit hours
The 34 credits in general education, specified above, will be applied toward the fulfillment of the receiving institution’s general education requirements. A minimum of 26 additional credits will be accepted as transfer credits by the receiving institution.
Students who meet the above-mentioned criteria AND who graduate from MWCC with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in MassTransfer-eligible programs will be guaranteed acceptance to the appropriate university/college/school/major.
Students who meet all of the above-mentioned requirements AND graduate from MWCC with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be guaranteed in-state minimum tuition (not fees) reduction of 33 percent for the first year at the state university or University of Massachusetts campus. If the student maintains a 3.0 GPA for the first year at the four-year institution, he/she will receive an in-state tuition reduction for the second year of attendance. Students transferring into continuing education programs are ineligible for tuition reduction (check with each four-year institution to be sure).
The credits of students who transfer but do not meet the conditions of MassTransfer will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis at the four-year college or university.
Chapter 15A, the legislation that created the Board of Higher Education, includes a section (15A:5) on the powers and duties of the Board, one portion of which reads “develop and implement a transfer compact for the purpose of facilitating and fostering the transfer of students without the loss of academic credit or standing from one public institution to another.” The Early Childhood and Elementary Education Compacts apply to graduate students transferring from participating community colleges to participating state university or University of Massachusetts offering Early Childhood or Elementary Education licensure at the baccalaureate level. See link above for more information.