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Transfer Information

The highest degree offered by MCC is the associate degree. However, any degree completed at MCC can serve as the starting point for a bachelor’s degree, although transfer credits may differ based on program, type of classes and transfer school and major.


For students pursuing occupational degrees, the curriculum is divided between general education requirements, which offer some degree of flexibility, and the program requirements, listing the classes required to obtain that specific associate degree. While these programs are designed to prepare students primarily to enter the workforce, several articulation agreements allow students to pursue higher degrees, either in a traditional 2+2 or in a 3+1 format. Students will thus pursue two or three years at MCC before the transfer.

Options for Transfer:

MTAThe Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) allows students to complete general education requirements at one college or university, then transfer those courses to meet general education requirements at another college or university, without any special exceptions. This agreement replaces the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) agreement, but students working toward the MACRAO before fall 2014 are eligible to complete the MACRAO agreement through summer 2019. 

The MTA agreement requires that students complete 30 credit hours as follows: 

  • 2 courses in communications
  • 2 courses in humanities
  • 2 courses in natural science
  • 1 course in math
  • 2 courses in social sciences

Please see the MTA Application for specific course options. Upon fulfilling the MTA requirements, students must submit the MTA Application.

MACRAOThe Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) agreement allows students to meet general education requirement at a four-year institution by completing core classes at a two-year institution. Students working toward the MACRAO before the fall of 2014 are eligible to complete this agreement through summer of 2019.

The MACRAO agreement requires that students meet the following requirements:

  • 6 credit hours in English
  • 8 credit hours in humanities
  • 8 credit hours in natural science and math
  • 8 credit hours in social science

Most public and some private four year schools in Michigan honor the MACRAO agreement, although some require exceptions to the rule. Students should check with MCC counselors and their transfer school for more information. Upon fulfilling the MACRAO requirements, students must complete and submit the MACRAO Application

Transfer GuidesFour-year institution transfer guides serve as road maps for MCC students to select the best classes for transfer into specific majors. They are not binding like the articulation agreements, but they do provide a solid foundation for transfer into specific majors.

transfer articulation agreementsArticulation agreements provide options for seamless transfer into a variety of advanced-degree programs at other institutions. View the transfer articulation agreements MCC has with two- and four-year institutions, both in-state and out-of-state, sorted by course of study interests.

Transfer Course ExpirationMCC will take course in transfer from U.S. colleges and universities* accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in transfer courses. The transfer course must have an equivalent course at MCC. Courses without equivalents may transfer in as elective credit. Zero-series courses (those with a course code below 100) do not transfer toward degree credit requirements.

transfer representative  visitsLearn about upcoming visits with representatives of other institutions who come to MCC to discuss transfer options.

transferring institutionsView the extensive list of other institutions that have formed transfer articulation agreements with MCC.

Request an MCC TranscriptFill out a transcript request to obtain an electronic copy of your MCC transcript to be shared with other institutions.

Tore Skogseth, Student Success Counselor
Brandy Bunting, Counselor
Lisa Gardner, Advisor