MassTransfer Program Policy and Information

The Department of Higher Education is implementing a new statewide transfer program called MassTransfer. This new program serves to integrate and replace the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Joint Admissions and, the Tuition Advantage Program into a single transfer program will streamline the transfer process and transfer advising. The MassTransfer policy for community college students who seek to complete designated associate degrees will apply to students who matriculate in or after fall 2009 at a Massachusetts community college. Community college students who may have matriculated prior to fall 2009 and who participate in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and /or the Joint Admissions Program will be required to complete their associate degrees by August 2013, and must matriculate at a Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts campus by fall 2014.

The MassTransfer program policy is for any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes and satisfies the 34 credit general education transfer block. The transfer block will be implemented beginning fall 2010, regardless of the student's date of enrollment.

The following STCC degree programs have been identified as having MassTransfer status:

  1. Liberal Arts/General Studies Transfer -LTGS.AA
  2. Liberal Arts Transfer - LTTR.AA
  3. Secondary Education- EDSE.AA
  4. Elementary Education- EDEL.AA
  5. General Business Transfer Compact -BTCM.AS

STCC graduates of these degree programs will be guaranteed full transferability of their credits to the Massachusetts state colleges and the University campuses. For more information on additional programs that are eligible for MassTransfer benefits, please contact the Transfer Office and/or visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer/home.asp .

Please note that this new MassTransfer program will not effect the Joint Admissions (JA) program that is currently in place with the Massachusetts Private Colleges (American International College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Springfield College and Western New England College).

Below is a diagram to help you understand how the new MassTransfer program is going to work:

Who does MassTransfer help?

1. Community college students who complete associate's degrees under MassTransfer

Associate's degrees under MassTransfer are linked to bachelor's degrees and schools at Massachusetts state colleges and University of Massachusetts campuses. For example:

Associate's Community
College
>> Bachelor's State College/
University
Business Administration(BTCM) STCC >> Management Science Bridgewater
Business Administration(BTCM) STCC >> Business Administration Fitchburg
Business Administration(BTCM) STCC >> School of Management UMass Amherst
Business Administration(BTCM) STCC >> College of Management UMass Boston

Benefits for students who complete associate's degrees under MassTransfer are:

Minimum Final GPA Benefits
2.0 GPA No admission fee or essay;
Guaranteed, full transfer of credits applied to the bachelor's degree; and
Automatic satisfaction of the general education requirements at the receiving institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses.
2.5 GPA All of the above benefits, plus guaranteed admission
*Please note that a higher GPA may be required for entrance into certain degree programs. Please contact the STCC Transfer Department or the College/University that you are interested in transferring to prior to your last year at the College.
3.0 GPA All of the above benefits, plus a 33% tuition waiver

Stipulations: If the student changes his or her major or if the linked baccalaureate program requires a higher grade point average or specific courses which are required of native students, the MassTransfer student must meet these requirements. If because of space or fiscal limitations the receiving institution does not admit all qualified applicants to a given major or program, the receiving institution will use the same criteria for MassTransfer applicants as it does for its native students.

2. Any students who complete the general education transfer block .

The general education transfer block consists of the following 34 college-level credits:

  • 6 credits in English Composition/Writing
  • 9 credits in Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • 9 credits in Humanities and Fine Arts
  • 7 credits in Natural or Physical Science
  • 3 credits in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

Benefits for students who complete the general education transfer block:

Minimum Final GPA Benefit
2.0 GPA Automatic satisfaction of the general education requirements at the receiving institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses.

Stipulation: Students enrolled in a specific major or degree program may be required to take additional courses if these courses are specifically required for the major or program and are required of native students.