Massachusetts Transfer Programs
In Massachusetts, the Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the state’s 29 public colleges and universities work together to provide numerous programs to encourage and expedite the transfer of credits from one state school to another. Each of these transfer programs focuses on a different aspect of the transfer process.
Commonwealth Transfer Compact
The Commonwealth Transfer Compact states that your courses and credits will be transferred and will be applied toward your bachelor's degree if you meet the following requirements:
- Completed an associate degree with a minimum of 60 credits (not including developmental course work) and a 2.0 GPA
- Completed the minimum general education core listed below:
- English Composition/Writing - 6 credit hours
- Behavioral and Social Sciences - 9 credit hours
- Humanities and Fine Arts - 9 credit hours
- Natural or Physical Science -8 credit hours
- Mathematics - 3 credit hours
Note: These 35 credits will be applied toward Bridgewater’s core curriculum (formerly known as GERs). A minimum of 25 additional credits will be transferred as Core requirements, major requirements, or free electives. If you are interested in the Transfer Compact, speak with your transfer counselor for all of the details.
Also note: MA community college students who matriculated prior to fall 2009 and who choose to continue in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact will be required to complete their associate degrees by August 2013 and must matriculate to Bridgewater State University by fall 2014.
If you graduate from your community college in a Joint Admissions Program and have earned at least a 2.5 GPA, you will be automatically admitted into one of Bridgewater State University’s Joint Admissions Programs.
Community college students who graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher are allowed to participate in the Tuition Advantage Program. The Tuition Advantage Program provides a 33% reduction off in-state tuition at Bridgewater. This deduction will automatically appear on your tuition statement. NOTE: Failure to achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA at the end of the first year of matriculation makes a student ineligible to receive the tuition waiver for the second year.
If you are in a joint admissions program and meet all of the conditions, simply fill out a Joint Admissions Intent to Enroll form or a Bridgewater State University Joint Admissions Transfer application.
Joint Admissions students do not have to write an essay, submit high school transcripts or SAT scores. You also do not have to pay the application fee. If you would like to take advantage of the application fee waiver, you must submit your application to the Office of Admission at Bridgewater State University in paper format.
You may apply online at http://www.bridgew.edu/Admission/applybsc.cfm. Be sure to click on "Joint Admissions" on the drop-down menu.
Note: MA community college students who matriculated prior to fall 2009 and who choose to continue in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and/or Joint Admissions Program will be required to complete their associate degree by August 2013 and must matriculate to Bridgewater State University by fall 2014.
Tuition Advantage Program
Community college students who graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher and are part of the Joint Admissions Program or MassTransfer Program are eligible to participate in the Tuition Advantage Program. The Tuition Advantage Program provides a 33% reduction off in-state tuition at Bridgewater State University. This deduction will automatically appear on your tuition statement when your application is complete. To complete your application, the Office of Admissions must receive your final transcript.
Note: Failure to achieve a cumulative 3.0 grade point average at the end of the first year of matriculation makes a student ineligible to receive the tuition waiver for the second year.
If you are transferring from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another, the new MassTransfer program will make the process easier.
MassTransfer has two main purposes:
- To provide community college students who complete associate degrees and enroll in linked MassTransfer Programs with full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA); and
- To provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the MassTransfer Block the benefit of satisfying the core (general education) requirements at any other public higher education institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses.
The MassTransfer Block refers to a set of core (general education ) requirements, consisting of 34 college-level credits. These credits, when completed together with a 2.0 or higher GPA, fully transfer to any Massachusetts public higher education institution, even if you don't have your associate's degree. These credits also satisfy the core (general education) requirements at any other Massachusetts public higher education institution, with the receiving institution being able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses.