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Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

We understand that college is an expensive investment, and we want to help you make the most of the academic credit you have already earned as you transfer to Wayne State. That's why we signed the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement allows community college students to complete the 30 credit hour Michigan Transfer Agreement and transfer it as a block to satisfy WSU's General Education requirements.

A student whose community college transcript is endorsed as "MTA satisfied" has met WSU's General Education requirements and will only be required to complete one of the following courses:

  • A second course in English Composition
  • One course in Communication

Once you have received the MTA endorsement on your Michigan community college transcript, your General Education requirements will be satisfied. This could fulfill many course requirements at Wayne State, and save you both time and money as you work toward your bachelor's. Check with your community college registrar's office or counseling office to find out how to request an MTA transcript evaluation.

You will need to satisfy any other school, college or major requirement, along with meeting the minimum number of credits for your program (at least 120). To determine if any requirements of your intended major or program might also satisfy an MTA requirement, please refer to the WSU bulletin.

After you begin classes at WSU, you can earn your MTA endorsement either as part of the reverse transfer program, or on your own. Once your endorsement is posted, you can have an official transcript sent to update your record. 

We recommend that you speak with your community college adviser about becoming MTA satisfied and review our transfer plans. This way, you will have maximized your time at community college when you apply to transfer to Wayne State

Minimum requirements to satisfy the MTA

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses selected from the following categories:

  • One course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or 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
  • Additional courses in any category above to satisfy the minimum of 30 credits

A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each course.

Your community college will have an available website for detailed information, including approved courses for completing the MTA.

CFPCA requirements

For students transferring into the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) for bachelor of music, bachelor of fine arts or bachelor of science degree programs, the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement will satisfy the foreign culture requirement. However, students transferring into the CFPCA for bachelor of arts programs who earn an MTA endorsement must also fulfill the foreign language requirement by demonstrating foreign language competency in the second course of a foreign language sequence.

Students who wish to demonstrate competency in the second course of a foreign language sequence through placement examination only (no credit awarded) must do so at WSU. An Advanced Placement (AP) score in a foreign language of 3, 4 or 5 satisfies the foreign language requirement.

Prior to fall 2014

Students who started at a community college before the fall of 2014 will have until the end of August 2019 to have their transcripts evaluated by a community college for the MACRAO agreement. Please see our MACRAO page for more details, and visit the MACRAO website for more information about the MTA. 

Additional information for academic advisors

We have added a code (MTA) in SOATEST that is available, just as the MACRAO code (AA) is available, in STARS for students who have "MTA satisfied" transcripts. 

Students who have completed their associate of arts, associate of science, associate of liberal arts or associate of baccalaureate studies from a Michigan community college will continue to receive the MTA code until August 2019. To receive the MTA code, students must complete the MTA requirements at their community college.

Students will have their General Education requirements fulfilled except for either one English Composition or one Communication course. These will be listed out separately in their Degree Audit.

Students must still complete all college, program, major and minor requirements.