Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

The Michigan Transfer Agreement: past, present and future

In 2012, the Michigan legislature included language in the community college appropriations bill that focused on improving the transferability of core college courses by proposing a revision to the existing Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers articulation agreement. A committee was created to identify the critical issues and/or barriers and to make recommendations for improving the transfer of core college courses. Comprised of representatives from the Michigan Community College Association, the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan, and MACRAO, the organizations utlmately developed the newly-named Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).

In December of 2013, Western Michigan University signed the Michigan Transfer Agreement to participate as a receiving institution and the agreement took effect for community college students who began their studies in the fall 2014 semester. Students who started prior to fall 2014 are able to complete the existing MACRAO Agreement at participating colleges until the end of the summer 2019. Irrespective of time, Western Michigan University will also continue to honor the MACRAO Agreement whenever a student’s transcript shows that the MACRAO Agreement was previously satisfied.

what WMU requirements are met by the MTA

Both the MTA and the MACRAO Agreement require a minimum of 30 hours of coursework completed in certain categories. The following summary illustrates how the MTA fulfills lower-level general education requirements at WMU and it is not intended to guide a student’s selection of specific courses.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirementsWMU requirements met by MTA completion
Minimum of 30 semester hours of courses  MTA completion fulfills lower-level general education requirements
At least a 2.0 grade earned in each course 2.0 minimum grade required in each course for transfer credit

One course in English composition

Fulfills college level writing requirement

A second course in English composition or
one course in communications

General education elective

One course in mathematics: college algebra or statistics or
quantitative reasoning or an advanced level course in one of these areas

Fulfills college level mathematics requirement

Two courses in the natural sciences including one with
laboratory experience (from two disciplines)

Fulfills natural sciences with lab requirement

Two courses in social sciences (from two disciplines)

Two courses in humanities and fine arts (from two disciplines
and excluding studio and performance classes)

Fulfills remaining general education required
at lower level

remaining WMU requirements for Mta students

Transfer students whose transcripts have been appropriately identified and certified as having fulfilled the requirements of the MTA by their respective Michigan community college will have satisfied WMU’s lower-level General Education requirements. Such students need only satisfy Western’s requirement of six hours of 3000-4000 level General Education course work from the distribution areas, and complete the baccalaureate-level writing course (Proficiency 2). In addition, the University will determine the equivalence and applicability of transferable community college courses in meeting other graduation requirements.

community college students seeking to meet the MTA

Students planning for transfer to WMU should check with their college to determine what transfer courses are approved for inclusion in the above MTA categories, and to learn the requirements for requesting an evaluation and MTA endorsement on their transcript. During the planning and course selection process at the community college, students may desire to contact a WMU advisor about determining which MTA courses would be the best fit in their intended program at the University.

Transfer guides and transfer equivalencies

All Michigan community college transfer students, regardless of whether they plan to follow MTA requirements, are encouraged to utilize the WMU transfer guide information available for their intended major.


Please submit your questions about the MTA and we will respond.

Related links

Student FAQ about the MTA (from the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers)

Last revised May 20, 2016