Mass Transfer Compact

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About MassTransfer

MassTransfer is a collaboration between the Commonwealth's community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts. System-wide resources and policies allow for students to transfer seamlessly, stay on track and minimize the time it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.

Participating State Colleges/Universities:

Bridgewater State University                                                    University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fitchburg State University                                                        University of Massachusetts Boston

Framingham State University                                                   University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts                                     University of Massachusetts Lowell

Massachusetts College of Art & Design                                   Westfield State University

Massachusetts Martime Academy                                            Worcester State University

Salem State University      

MassTransfer consists of the following:


MassTransfer AvatarMassTransfer provides any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the General Education Foundation with the benefit of satisfying the general education/distribution/core requirements at any other public higher education institution (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses).

  • Complete the 34 credits before transferring and save an average of 11% on your bachelors degree!
  • Transfer with a GPA 2.0+ and have guaranteed transfer of credits

 A student completing an associate degree program under MassTransfer will have graduated with a minimum of 60 credit hours and will have completed the following 34-credit general education transfer block, exclusive of developmental coursework.

English Composition/Writing6 credit hours
Behavioral and Social Sciences9 credit hours
Humanities and Fine Arts9 credit hours        
Natural or Physical Science7 credit hours
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning   3 credit hours


MassTransfer AvatarBeginning your college career at a community college is a smart choice. MassTransfer seeks to reward community college students who complete associate degrees at Massachusetts community colleges before they enroll in linked bachelor's programs at Massachusetts state universities or University of Massachusetts campuses. Not only does MassTransfer guarantee full transfer of a minimum of 60 credits but, depending on their final GPA and/or prerequisite coursework, students who complete A2B Degrees (Associate to Bachelor's) may also receive guaranteed admission and tuition discounts.

Complete 60 credits before transferring and save an average of 28% on your bachelors degree!

Students will receive the following benefits based upon their final GPA.

  • Transfer with a GPA 2.0+ and have a guaranteed transfer of credits, no application fee or application essay
  • Transfer with a GPA 2.5+ and have a guaranteed university admissions, (check your four-year institution for specific GPA requirements for program of interest)
  • Transfer with 3.0+ and have MassTransfer 100% tuition credit


MassTransfer + Commonwealth Commitment AvatarA2B Degree students who attend full-time and earn a 3.00 GPA or higher also have the opportunity to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment. The Commonwealth Commitment (available in "A2B Mapped" majors only) further rewards students with a freeze on tuition & fees for all four years, and 10% end-of-semester rebates.

Complete the 60 credits before transfreeing and save an average of 40% on your bachelors degree.

  • Transfer with GPA 2.0+ and have guaranteed transfer of credits, no application fee, no application essay
  • Transfer with GPA 2.5+  and have guaranteed university admission
  • Transfer with GPA 3.0+ and have MassTransfer 100% Tuition Credit
  • Transfer with GPA 3.0+ & Full-Time Attendance (not available for all majors) and have freeze on tuition & mandatory fees on program entry, 10% end-of-semester rebate checks

Students should meet with an academic counselor or their assigned advisor and use DegreeWorks to review the proper program and course selection for transfer to a four-year State College/University.


Students who have completed an associate degree with at least a 2.0 GPA and are applying for admission to a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus may complete the MassTransfer Application.

The application consists of:

  • Personal information (name, permanent address, date of birth, citizenship, etc.)
  • Current enrollment information (previous colleges attended, current courses, etc.)
  • Intended enrollment information (institution you plan to attend, planned major, etc.)

The MassTransfer Application should be downloaded and opened as a MS Word document. It should be completed, saved to the computer, printed, and mailed to the intended institution. For contact information, visit the Public Campuses and Transfer Contacts page. Please do not send your application to the Department of Higher Education. Students applying to Bridgewater State University should use the application on their website.


In addition to the application, students must request an official transcript from the Registrar's Office and from any other college previously attended (whether or not you wish to transfer credits). Final transcripts must also be sent following the completion of your associate degree. Have the transcripts sent directly to your intended college.

MassTransfer Preferred Application Filing Date

Some campuses may have later due dates, so check directly with the institution.Fall Enrollment: March 1
Spring Enrollment: October 15 d out if your course will transfer:

Course Equivalency Database

The new statewide online course equivalency database allows you to search for equivalent courses among our public community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses.

It is meant to assist with transfer planning, but the information presented here is subject to change and is not a guarantee of acceptance or transferability. Please see your academic program advisor for official equivalency and transfer information.

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