Your Michigan degree...simplified.
The University of Michigan is committed to helping students transition smoothly from their community college to UM-Flint. This commitment is demonstrated by our participation in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). The MTA was developed in an effort to simplify the transfer process for students, creating a core block of lower-level college coursework selected to satisfy a portion of general education at each of the state of Michigan’s public institutions and participating private and tribal institutions.
The simplicity and flexibility of this agreement allows a transfer student to work towards the completion of the general education requirements of the community college and a four‐year institution at the same time. If done carefully, students may also satisfy additional major, minor, and general education requirements specified by the receiving college. This will greatly reduce the likelihood of taking courses at one institution that do not apply toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students planning to transfer to UM-Flint are encouraged to work with academic advisors at both UM-Flint and their current institution in order to learn how they can make the most of their academic experience.
In order to complete a MTA, students must successfully complete at least 30 credits from an approved list of courses at a sending institution with at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. A list of approved MTA courses by institution can be found here. These credits, which will be certified by a sending institution, should be met according to the following distributions:
- One course in English Composition
- A second course in English Composition or one course in Communications
- One course in Mathematics
- Two courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
- Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)
- Two courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)
The MTA is an excellent opportunity for students to take a group of lower-level core college courses knowing that they will transfer and apply to many of Michigan’s four-year institutions. While the MTA was designed to be easy to understand, it is not meant to be a road map for self-advising. If managed properly, students can work on their MTA courses while working to satisfy other degree requirements at their eventual institution. It is important to note that the MTA is not the best fit for all programs. There are many programs around the state for which the MTA is not a good fit. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors in order to select a path that is best for them.
Students who transfer from a Michigan institution with a completed MTA will have a majority of their UM-Flint general education requirements satisfied. A completed MTA will satisfy the following UM-Flint General Education Requirements:
- First Year Experience
- English Composition
- Finance and Quantitative Literacy
- Natural Science
- Social Science
The following UM-Flint general education courses would be required in addition to the MTA and may be completed at a sending institution:
- Fine Arts
- Global Studies
- Health and Well Being
Our capstone general education requirement must be completed at UM-Flint.
Students who do not complete the entire MTA will receive a course by course evaluation of their transfer credit, which may result in needing additional UM-Flint general education courses. Individual course equivalencies can be found here.
Comparing Requirements: [Click image below view to PDF version]