NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Communication

The study of Communication is important to virtually all professions. Communication is central to positions in corporate communication, information management, public relations, human resources, training and development, radio, television, and film. Effective communication skills are sought for both public and private sector jobs including, but not limited to education, business and industry, government and social services agencies, health professions, journalism, multi-media and mass communication.

Students may choose one of seven majors:

  • Communication Studies
  • Film, Video and Media Studies
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Journalism
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Telecommunications Information Management

Students should discuss their program needs with a Western departmental advisor at the earliest possible date. Appointments may be made by calling (269) 387-3130. A handbook of majors and minors in communication, which describes career opportunities and suggested programs of study in communication is available on the School's home page: www.wmich.edu/communication .

Admission Criteria

  1. Minimum GPA – 2.5
  2. Completion of 30 semester credits, 12 of which must be taken at WMU .
  3. Minimum grade of 2.0 in the major prerequisite courses (these vary by major)
  4. Communication majors are admitted as pre-communication students. Each must complete 12 credits at WMU before consideration for admission to a communication major.
  5. Some majors in the School of Communication are in very high demand that exceeds departmental resources. Students who wish to major in Public Relations, Film, Video and Media Studies, or Telecommunications Information Management should know that a formal application is required and that not all students may be admitted. Application forms are available available on the School's home page: www.wmich.edu/communication . Applications are reviewed on September 15th, January 15th, and May 15th annually.

NOTE: Transfer students may transfer a maximum of 15 semester hours of communication credits toward a major. They may transfer as many as nine semester hours toward a minor. Any remaining credits may be used toward general electives to meet the minimum 122 credits required to graduate from Western Michigan University.

Completion of the BASIC requirements as listed at NMC will fulfill most of the general requirements at WMU. WMU requires two additional General Education courses at the 300-400 level to be taken at WMU plus an upper level writing requirement (Proficiency #2 at WMU). Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED"

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 111

English Composition




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Humanities list


Natural Science


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


NOTE: ENV 270 will meet MACRAO for WMU but will not transfer toward general credits. If you select ENV 270, you will need 2 additional credits from any dept. Choosing a different science may be a better option.

Social Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Social Science




Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from Group 1 Math list



Note: COM 201 transfers as general communication credit only.

Required Classes



COM 101

Intro to Communications


COM 111

Public Speaking


COM 201

Mass Communication & Culture


ENG 224

Journalism Fundamentals


Quantification Intellectual Skills Requirement

Students completing MTA will fulfill this requirement.

WMU's LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (for the College of Arts & Sciences ONLY)

Starting Fall of 2017, can be met in one of two ways:

  1. One year of college level study of any one Foreign Language.
  2. Attain an appropriate score on WMU's Foreign Language proficiency test.

Note: If you attended NMC prior to Fall of 2017 you could also meet WMU's World Language requirement if you completed:

* Two years of High School level study of any one Foreign Language with a 3.0 (B-) or better in the second semester of second year.

To have this apply to your application, contact the Director of Academic Advising at WMU, Kevin Knutson at (269) 387-4369 or k.knutson@wmich.edu.

Completion of at least 64 credits, including those listed above, fulfills the requirements of NMC's Associate degree.

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