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The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Eastern Michigan University is a participant in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement allows students to complete the 30 credit hour Michigan Transfer Agreement at a Michigan community college and transfer it as a block to satisfy the General Education Core Requirements at most Michigan universities.

Effective Fall 2014 and Later:

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) satisfies EMU's General Education Core Requirements listed below:

  • Effective Communication;
  • Quantitative Reasoning;
  • Knowledge of the Disciplines (Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences)

Transfer students with an MTA endorsement on their transcript will only need to complete the General Education Application Requirements below:

  • One approved Perspectives on a Diverse World course (may be transferred);
  • One approved Learning beyond the Classroom (LBC) course or experience completed at EMU;
  • One Writing Intensive course in the student's major.

The MTA may be completed after initial enrollment at EMU.

For information about transferring without the MTA endorsement see EMU's General Education Requirements and General Education Transfer Guidelines.

The MTA applies only to the general education program and does not exempt students from meeting requirements of their major, minor, or program. To determine if any requirements of your intended major, minor, or program might also satisfy the MTA, refer to EMU's Undergraduate Catalog.

How the Michigan Transfer Agreement Works

Minimum Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in courses selected from the following categories:

  • One course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or Communication
  • One course in Mathematics
  • Two courses in Social Sciences from different disciplines
  • Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts from different disciplines
  • Two courses in Natural Sciences from two disciplines (one lab science required)
  • Additional courses in any category above to satisfy the minimum of 30 credits

A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each course. Students may use courses transferred from more than one college to satisfy the MTA, including courses completed at EMU and transferred back to the community college. Refer to your community college website for a listing of approved courses for completing the MTA. Click here for a list of links to community colleges' official MTA websites.

Students must have their transcripts evaluated and endorsed as "MTA Satisfied" by a community college. Check with your community college registrar's office or counseling office to find out how to request an MTA transcript evaluation.


Prior to Fall 2014:
Students who started at a community college prior to Fall 2014 will have until the end of August 2019 to have their transcripts evaluated by a community college for the MACRAO agreement. Eastern Michigan University will continue to accept the MACRAO agreement with the following provisos:
  • One approved quantitative reasoning course (unless waived by an ACT math sub-score of 28 or SAT math subscore of 670);
  • One approved Perspectives on a Diverse World course (may be transferred from another college);
  • One approved Learning beyond the Classroom (LBC) course or experience completed at EMU.
  • One approved Writing Internsive course, to demonstrate the application of written communication skills within the major is also required.

Click Here to go to the MACRAO Organization Website.