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The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education created and implemented a statewide transfer pathway called MassTransfer in 2009, replacing Joint Admissions, the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, and the Tuition Advantage Program. 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 Gen Ed Foundation). Financial and other benefits are available to qualified students. Learn more about how the MassTransfer program can benefit you.
The 34-credit MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation provides
any Massachusetts public higher education student who completes the requirements with the benefit of satisfying the general education requirements
at any other Massachusetts public higher education institution. The
receiving institution is limited to adding no more than 2 general
education courses upon transfer. Worcester State has elected to add the maximum general education courses (6 credit hours) in order to align with NECHE (formerly NEASC) standards. The 2 courses must be 1 capstone experience course and 1 Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) content-area course.
The Gen Ed Foundation consists of:
Each of those academic disciplines is
defined by the institution(s) from which you are transferring credits.
For example, although a 4-year state university may classify history
courses under humanities, a community college may classify that same
course under social sciences. Therefore, the community college history
course will fulfill 3 of the 9 behavioral and social sciences credits in
the Gen Ed Foundation regardless of where the student transfers. Completing a Degree Via MassTransferMassachusetts 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):