Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

One main area of focus for transfer students is General Education Requirements. These are classes in addition to courses within your major that are required to ensure fundamental skills and a well-rounded education. The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) was designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of an associate's degree or as a stand-alone package at a Michigan community college.

MTA Requirements

Students must successfully complete at least 30 credits at a Michigan community college in six defined areas with at least a grade of 2.0 (or C) in each course in order to be MTA satisfied. These areas are:

  • One course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or one course in Communication
  • One course in Mathematics
  • Two courses in Social Sciences from different disciplines
  • Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts from different disciplines
  • Two courses in Natural Sciences (one lab science required) from two disciplines

Prior to Fall 2018:

WSU requires students to take either a second course in English Composition or one course in Communications beyond the MTA requirements. This additional course can be taken at a Michigan community college or at WSU.

Starting Fall 2018:

The additional course stated above is no longer required. Students transferring to WSU with MTA in fall 2018 and beyond will have satisfied all of Wayne State General Education requirements. 

All college, program, major and minor requirements must also be completed (at least 120 credits) for students who fulfill the MTA requirements.

Your community college will provide detailed information, including approved courses, for completing the MTA. We recommend that you review our transfer plans and consult your community college advisor about fulfilling MTA requirements and request your community college to review your record to add the MTA endorsement to your transcript.