NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Journalism

A degree in journalism prepares graduates for a broad range of careers with newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, public relations, universities and governments as writers, reporters, editors, managers and teachers. Because of the specific nature of the journalism major and the unavailability of equivalent courses offered by NMC, it would be advisable to transfer after one year at NMC.

The MSU School of Journalism stresses the importance of gaining professional experience while pursuing a degree in journalism. Transfer students should be considering how they can gain experience in the journalism world, i.e. volunteer experiences, working for the NMC magazine or the White Pine Press, etc.

Admission Criteria

  1. GPA – 3.0 or above; admission is limited.
  2. Transferrable Credits – MSU accepts a maximum of 60 community college credits.
  3. Professional Experience – In the field of Journalism, experience is highly desirable and will be considered as part of admission.
  4. Junior Status – Students are admitted into the Journalism program as a Junior (56 acceptable credits).
  5. Transfer Scholarships – Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above should talk to their NMC advisor about possible MSU transfer scholarship opportunities.

Basic Requirements

The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU. If your goal is to complete an associate's degree before transferring, see an advisor for assistance.

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


Select an additional course from the Humanities Area from a dept. other than HST


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Natural Science list


Social Science


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




Options to complete MSU math requirement at NMC:


1: MTH 121, 122

College Algebra and Trigonometry


2: MTH 121, 131

College Algebra and Intro to Probability and Statistics


additional Requirements

Required Classes



Select 1 Literature (ENG) course from the Humanities Area


Suggested Course:


ENG 224

Journalism Fundamentals (this course doesn't transfer to MSU, but will provide valuable experience)


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