NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Music

Admission Criteria

  1. GPA – 2.5 recommended
  2. All courses must be passed with a "C" or better to be accepted at at CMU.
  3. Transfer students must complete graduation competencies for C.M.U. (Eng 111, 112; COM 111; MTH 111) at NMC or they will be required to complete these classes during their first or second semester at CMU.

Basic Requirements

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED". Completion of the MTA will satisfy CMU's University Program requirements and 6 credits of their Writing Intensive requirement.

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II (for those wishing to be a certified teacher, a 3.0 is required for English 111 or 112)




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities List


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB


Social Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Social Science List




Select MTH 120 or above from the Group 1 Math list


Major And Additional Requirements

Required Classes



COM 111

Public Speaking


MUS 101,102

Theory of Music


MUS 103, 104

Sight Singing & Ear Training


MUS 106, 107
MUS 206, 207

Class Piano


CMU's Quantitative Reasoning (QR) requirement can be met at NMC with MTH 131, PHY 121 or PHY 221. MTH 131 cannot count toward both the QR requirement and the math requirement for CMU.

Important Note:

NMC music courses will transfer to CMU — how they transfer (whether as direct transfer, department credit or general credit) is dependent on the transfer student's audition and results of placement tests in Music Theory, Sight Singing and Ear Training and Class Piano. Based on the results of those placement tests, CMU may request the student to repeat a course(s) at CMU. Speak with an advisor at the Music Department at CMU as early as possible in your academic career.

If pursuing NMC's Associate's degree, 60 credits are required. Please contact a Advisor for assistance with appropriate course selection.

Required for Music Education Majors Only:

Required Class



EDU 101

Intro to Teaching - 3.0 required


NOTE: You should have at least 4 semester hours of applied study on your instrument (or voice) and 4 semester hours of a performing ensemble in order to be admitted as a Junior level music major.

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023