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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​General Information on Transferring Credits

Students may be granted regular admission based on the following:

  • The student pursued education beyond high school or GED
  • The student has taken coursework at an accredited college or university, foreign university, or college approved by the government or local official agency
  • The student attained a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • The student has submitted one official copy of each transcript to Global Campus

An undergraduate student planning to transfer from another institution with a GPA below 2.0 will be ineligible for consideration at CMU for at least one semester.

An undergraduate student who was academically dismissed from another college or university is ineligible for consideration at CMU for at least one year following dismissal.

There is no limit as to the amount of credits CMU will accept from a regionally accredited community college. However, 64 credits is the maximum amount of credits that can be applied towards any degree program.

There is no limit as to the amount of credits CMU will accept from a regionally accredited four year institution. However, students need to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours through CMU for any degree program.

The amount of credits is not the most important factor regarding the speed of completing a degree. How the courses are applied to satisfy specific degree & major requirements highly influences the speed of completion. Please take into consideration:

  • Prior Learning — How much credit is earned and what credits may be applied
  • Amount of courses taken per term
  • Amount of terms taken per year

Transfer Guides, Articulation Agreements, MACRAO Transfer Agreement & MTA

Transfer guides will include courses offered by the community college that transfer to the four-year school and fulfill requirements within a bachelor's degree. Transfer guides may also include other pertinent information, such as admission requirements for a major, knowledge/skills gained within the major, and career information.

An articulation agreement is a formally signed agreement between a two-year college and a four-year college or university. Depending on your situation, it can be an excellent path towards completing your bachelor's degree.

Although an articulation agreement is like a transfer guide, it usually includes a value-added component. This could be pre-approved course substitutions, a block of two-year college courses which fulfill a block of four-year college or university courses, full acceptance of a two-year applied degree as fulfilling half of a four-year degree (2+2).

For more information regarding articulation agreements, you should contact your community college counselor or academic advisor.

The MACRAO (Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) Transfer Agreement assists transfer students in meeting the four-year school's lower-level general education requirements at a community college.

The minimum MACRAO Transfer Agreement guidelines are:

  • English Composition — 6 credit hours
  • Social Science — 8 credit hours
    (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas.)
  • Humanities — 8 credit hours
    (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas.)
  • Science and Math — 8 credit hours (one course must contain a lab)

Students, who transfer from a community college in Michigan with a transcript documented as having satisfied the MACRAO Transfer Agreement, will also have satisfied the CMU University Program portion of the General Education requirements.

Students who are enrolled in a Michigan Community College prior to the Fall of 2014 will follow the MACRAO Transfer Agreement and will have until the Fall of 2019 to complete the requirements of the agreement. If the requirements for the MACRAO Transfer Agreement aren't completed by that time, students will be required to follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).

Students who begin taking courses at a Michigan Community College in the Fall of 2014 will be required to follow the MTA.

For more information on the Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and the MACRAO Transfer Agreement visit: http://www.macrao.org/Publications/MACRAOAgreement.asp

The MTA is an agreement between community colleges and participating four year institutions in Michigan that was created to increase the transferability of college courses.

The MTA guidelines are:

  • 1 course in English Composition
  • 1 course in Communications or a second course in English Composition
  • 1 course in Mathematics
  • 2 courses in Social Sciences
    (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas.)
  • 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts
    (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas excluding studio and performance classes.)
  • 2 courses in Natural Sciences
    (Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas. At least one science course must include a laboratory.)

Students must have earned a 2.0 in each course.

If courses do not add up to 30 hours then the student must take an additional course from one of these groups.

Students must complete one credit baring course from the granting community college.

Students, who transfer from a community college in Michigan with a transcript documented as having satisfied the MTA, will also have satisfied the CMU University Program portion of the General Education requirements. A portion of CMU Competencies requirements may also be satisfied by the MTA. By clicking on this link an example will be provided of how the MTA applies to a Program Plan.

For more information on the Michigan Transfer Agreement and the Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers visit: http://www.macrao.org/Publications/MTA.asp

Completing your Associate's Degree while at CMU

The credits you earned at CMU may be able to transfer back ("reverse transfer") to your community college to fulfill your remaining Associate degree requirements.

An associate's degree provides additional employme​nt credentials and demonstrates a level of proficiency and persistence recognized by employers. Furthermore, an associate's degree often reflects the half-way point of a student obtaining their baccalaureate degree and provides a sense of accomplishment and inspiration for the students ​to continue their studies.

Contact your transferring community college to ask them about your remaining associate's degree requirements, and see if any of your CMU credits can apply to them!

Graduation​

  • Complete a minimum 124 credit hours.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours from a 4 year institution.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 credit hours at the 300 level or above.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours through CMU.
  • Complete no more than 27 credit hours from the College of Business Administration.
  • Complete an official Program Plan

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