NMC transfer guide

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: General Education without mta

This guide is prepared to help students who desire a transfer to MSU, but have no specific major in mind at this point. Students planning to transfer to MSU WITHOUT completing the requirements for the MTA Agreement could fulfill MSU's BASIC UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS by selecting courses from the following NMC course recommendations.

MSU General Admission Criteria

  1. GPA - 2.8 or higher depending upon program of choice, number of credits taken, type of courses taken.
  2. Jr. Status - Students with Jr. Status (56 credits) must declare a specific major at MSU
  3. Transferable Grades - Courses with grades above a 2.0 will transfer to MSU.
  4. Transfer Credits - 60-64 credits is the maximum amount of credits students should take at NMC. MSU requires that one half of degee requirements be completed at a 4 year school. Students who accumulate more than 60-64 credits at NMC are still held accountable for completing one half of their degree at a 4 year school.
  5. Transfer Scholarships - Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above should talk to their NMC counselor about possible MSU transfer scholarship opportunities.


The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU as well as MACRAO Agreement requirements. These courses may not fulfill requirements for the Associate of Arts or Science degree at NMC. If your goal is to complete an Associate degree before transferring, see a counselor for assistance. Counselors can also help you in requesting the MACRAO stamp on your transcript.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Choose 8 credits from 2 areas of the Humanities Division »

Special Note: NMC highly recommends that one of your choices be either HST 111 or HST 112 U.S. History. Although it is not absolutely required, taking U.S. History eliminates having to take an integrated writing & humanities course at MSU. Without a U.S. History course, transfer students can expect to take IAH 201 writing course at MSU.


View the Science/Math Division Requirements »

Social Science

Four semester credits equivalent to any 200 – level ISS course at MSU. An additional 300-level social science course must be completed at MSU.

View the Social Science Division Requirements »


Students must demonstrate a specific level of math competency. This can be met in one of the following three ways:

  1. Testing above the College Algebra level on a competency test taken at MSU.
  2. Completing MTH 121 College Algebra at NMC.

Foreign Language

Foreign languages are not required for most Bachelor of Science degrees at MSU. Students considering a Bachelor of Arts degree may require a foreign language and should consult with an NMC counselor. Language skills are always a strong addition to any program.

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.

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