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 Transfer Applicants

General Information

Thank you for your interest in transferring to Worcester State University!  This is an exciting and—at times—overwhelming transition period of your academic career, and we're pleased that you're considering Worcester State as the next step in your educational journey.

You are a Transfer Applicant if you've attended one or more regionally accredited colleges and/or universities and have earned college credits at these institutions of higher learning.  Please note that Worcester State only accepts transfer credits from other colleges/universities that are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting organizations in the United States.  (For example, Worcester State is accredited by the New England Association or Schools and Colleges—NEASC.)

Please note that transferring into Nursing or Occupational Therapy from other colleges/universities cannot be guaranteed due to limited space availability in these two highly competitive programs.

 Transfer Admissions Criteria

In order to be considered for admission to Worcester State as a Transfer Applicant, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • 12 to 23 transferable college credits and a minimum 2.5 college GPA
  • Up to 23 transferable college credits, a minimum 2.0 college GPA, and a combination of high school grades and SAT/ACT scores that meet Freshman Applicant admissions standards
  • 24 or more transferable college credits and a minimum 2.0 GPA

If you've earned college credits while enrolled in high school, you're considered a Freshman Applicant and must meet the freshman admissions standards.

Transferable college credits are academically-based, college-level courses completed at a regionally accredited college/university in which you received a grade of C- or better.

 Maximum Transfer Credit Limits:

 65 credits from one or more 2-year colleges

  • 90 credits from one or more 4-year colleges/universities
  • 90 credits from a blend of 2-year and 4-year institutions (with a maximum of 65 credits out of the 90 credits from any 2-year colleges attended)

In order to receive a degree from Worcester State as a Transfer Student, you must complete at least 30 of your last 40 credits and earn the majority (more than 50%) of credits in your major and minor (if elected) at Worcester State.

 Transfer Admissions Process

 Required Documents:

 Application for Undergraduate Admission and the $40.00 fee

  • Official high school transcript or GED score report (required of all applicants)
  • Official transcript from every college/university attended (except Worcester State)**
  • Education Break Explanation if you've taken any time off between high school and college and/or between college semesters
  • Essay, letters of recommendation, resume, etc. (Optional)

After all of the required documents are received, an admission decision will be made for you.  A combined transfer GPA will be calculated if you have attended more than one college/university.  If accepted, you'll receive a decision letter that includes the estimated transfer credit count.  When you submit your deposit, you'll receive a transfer credit summary (called a Degree Audit) via email.  This preliminary review of your credits is subject to change upon Academic Department Chair review of major transfer courses or if you question the placement of any non-major courses.

**If you fail to disclose any prior college/university experience during the admissions process, you'll be considered to have misrepresented your academic history, and—if accepted—your admission is subject to being rescinded.

MassTransfer Information


The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) has created and implemented a new statewide transfer pathway called MassTransfer.  It began in Fall 2009 and replaced Joint Admissions, the Commonwealth Transfer Compact (CTC), and the Tuition Advantage Program (TAP).

MassTransfer streamlines the transfer process and maximizes transfer credits within the Massachusetts public higher education system.  It also provides students with a clear plan to complete a portable general education transfer block (the MassTransfer Block).  Finally, financial and other benefits are available to qualified students.

 The MassTransfer Block

The 34-credit MassTransfer Block provides any Massachusetts public higher education student, who completes the Block, with the benefit of satisfying the general education requirements at any other Massachusetts public higher education institution.  The receiving institution is able to add no more than two general education courses upon transfer.

Worcester State has elected to add the full six credits of general education courses in order to align with NEASC standards.  The two courses must be a Capstone Experience course and one Liberal Arts & Sciences Curriculum (LASC) content area course of the student's choice.

 The Block consists of:

  • 9 credits in Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • 9 credits in Humanities and Fine Arts
  • 7 credits in Natural or Physical Science (Including one lab course)
  • 6 credits in English Composition/Writing
  • 3 credits in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

Each of those academic disciplines is defined by the sending institution.  For example, although a 4-year State University may consider a History courses to fall under Humanities, a Community College may consider that same course to fall under Social Sciences.  Therefore, the Community College History course will fulfill 3 of the 9 Behavioral and Social Sciences credits in the Block regardless of where the student transfers.

 Completing a Degree Via MassTransfer

Massachusetts Community College students, who enroll in and complete approved associate degrees linked with approved bachelor degrees programs under MassTransfer, are provided with several benefits (each based on the final cumulative GPA):

  • 2.0+ GPA upon completion of an approved MassTransfer associate degree
    •    No application fee
    •   No application essay
    •   Automatic satisfaction of most or all general education requirements (due to completion of the MassTransfer Block)
    •   Guaranteed transfer of at least 60 credits (Including D/1.0 grades and better)
  • 2.5+ GPA upon completion of an approved MassTransfer associate degree
    •    All of the above benefits AND
    •    Guaranteed admission to linked bachelor degree programs
  • 3.0+ GPA upon completion of an approved MassTransfer associate degree
    •    All of the above benefits AND
    •    33% tuition waiver (based on annual in-state tuition rate of $970)
  • For additional MassTransfer information and a list of linked programs, please visit

 Contact Information

If you need clarification regarding any of this transfer information or if you have other transfer-related questions, please contact:


Ben McElroy

Coordinator of Transfer Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions Office


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