NMC transfer guide - MACRAO

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.


  1. GPA - 3.0 or above; admission is limited.
  2. Transferrable Credits - 60-64 credits is the maximum amount of credits students should take at NMC. MSU requires that one half of degree 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.
  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 counselor about possible MSU transfer scholarship opportunities.


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



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



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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.

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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.
  3. Completing MTH 140 College Algebra & Trigonometry.


Courses required for the major may NOT be counted toward fulfillment of the BASIC REQUIREMENTS listed above.



HST 111 & 112

U.S. History


ENG 224

Journalism Fundamentals


ECO 201, 202

Principles of Economics



ENG 261

British Literature


ENG 262

American Literature


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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