Your Michigan degree…simplified.

The University of Michigan is committed to helping students transition smoothly from their community college to the University of Michigan-Flint. This commitment is demonstrated by our participation in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).

The simplicity and flexibility of this agreement allow 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 does 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 an 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 the 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. 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
  • Humanities
  • 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
  • Technology

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

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)
30 credits from the below
disciplines must be earned
UM-Flint’s General
Education Requirements
For transfer equivalencies:
MTA + UM-Flint’s =
Remaining UM-Flint Gen. Eds.
For specific requirements:
GPAAt least a 2.0 grade earned in each course2.0 or higher2.0 or higher
English CompositionOne course in English composition and
the second course in English composition or
one course in communications
Three credit hours of English Composition I
and three credit hours of English Composition II
Social ScienceTwo courses in social science from two disciplinesSix credit hours in social sciencesSatisfied
Humanities/Fine ArtsTwo courses in humanities/fine arts from two disciplinesSix credit hours in humanities
and three credit hours in fine arts
Three credit hours in fine arts
MathematicsOne course in mathematicsThree credit hours of finance
and quantitative literacy
Natural Science & Laboratory ExperienceTwo courses in natural science from two disciplines
with at least one laboratory experience
Four credit hours of natural science w/labSatisfied
First-Year ExperienceN/AUNV 100 (3-4 credits) Or 24 college creditsSatisfied
Global StudiesN/AThree credit hours of global studiesThree credit hours of global studies
Health & Well BeingN/AThree credit hours of health & well beingThree credit hours of health & well being
TechnologyN/AThree credit hours of technologyThree credit hours of technology
CapstoneN/AThree credit hours completed
as a part of major requirements
Three credit hours completed
as a part of major requirements
Total Credit or Semester Hours30
If the total credit hour is less than 30, additional coursework from the above concentrations must be completed to satisfy the MTA.