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Transfer Planning

Geoffrey Tabor
Coordinator of Transfer Affairs/Articulation
Room SBA 115
(413) 236-1610  

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If you are considering getting a bachelor's (4-year) degree, BCC is a great place to start. You can start your degree at BCC and transfer to any college/university you want. BCC students transfer successfully to some of the best institutions in the country. BCC offers opportunities to students who want to get their bachelor's degrees right here in western Massachusetts, as well as students who want to go elsewhere in the country. The cost of attending a community college is approximately half the cost of attending a residential Massachusetts public institution.

MassTransfer integrates and replaces the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Joint Admissions, and the Tuition Advantage Program. Community college students who matriculated prior to fall 2009 and who choose to continue in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and/or Joint Admissions Program will be required to complete their associate degrees by August 2013 and must matriculate at a Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts campus by fall 2014.

MassTransfer Program  

Students planning to transfer to one of the state-supported universities or colleges in Massachusetts are eligible for MassTransfer. MassTransfer provides community college graduates who complete designated associate degrees with the benefits of the full transfer and applicability of credit, guaranteed admission (2.5 GPA or higher), and a tuition discount (3.0 GPA or higher). MassTransfer also provides students in the Massachusetts public higher education system the intermediate goal of completing a portable general education transfer block which will satisfy the general education/distribution/core requirements across institutions.

I. Students completing an associate degree program under MassTransfer will graduate with a minimum of 60 credit hours and complete the following 34-credit general education transfer block, exclusive of developmental coursework:

General Education Transfer Block

English Composition/Writing     6 credit hours
 Behavioral and Social Sciences    9 credit hours
 Humanities and Fine Arts    9 credit hours
 Natural or Physical Science    7 credit hours*
 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning     3 credit hours
 Total Credits  34 credit hours





*NOTE: All Associate in Arts programs and some Associate in Science programs at
BCC require the
mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning completion of two 4-credit
laboratory sciences.

Benefits for students who complete associate degrees under MassTransfer:

Minimum Final GPA


 2.0 GPA

  • No admission fee or essay


  •  Guaranteed, full transfer of a minimum of 60 credits applied to the bachelors degree, if admitted


  • Automatic satisfaction of the general ducation/distribution/core requirements at the receiving institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses, if admitted

 2.5 GPA

  • Guaranteed admission, plus all of the above benefits

 3.0 GPA

  •  A 33% tuition waiver, plus all of the above benefits


Stipulations: If students change their major or if the linked baccalaureate program requires a higher grade point average or specific courses which are required of native students, MassTransfer students must meet these requirements. If, because of space or fiscal limitations, the receiving institution does not admit all qualified applicants to a given major or program, the receiving institution will use the same criteria for MassTransfer applicants as it does for its native students.

II. Students completing the general education transfer block (without earning a degree) at any Massachusetts higher education institution with a 2.0 or higher grade point average will earn the 34 credit hours outlined above, exclusive of developmental coursework.

Benefits for students who complete the general education transfer block (beginning Fall 2010):

 Minimum Final GPA


2.0 GPA 
  • Automatic satisfaction of the general education/distribution/core requirements at the receiving institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses, if admitted






Stipulation: Students enrolled in a specific major or degree program may be required to take additional courses if these courses are specifically required for the major or program and are required of native students.

NOTE: MassTransfer integrates and replaces Joint Admissions, Transfer Compact and the Tuition Advantage Program. For full details about the MassTransfer policy, please see the Transfer Advisor or go to

A BCC program can also be your link to a private college

BCC has articulation/transfer agreements with many four-year institutions from all over the country which guarantee that if you graduate in a specific program with a predetermined Grade Point Average (GPA) and have followed a suggested course of study, you will be guaranteed junior status and be treated with the same rights as those students who originally started at the four-year school.

BCC enables you to start your journey to a bachelor's degree. You will be able to transfer to the very best college to fulfill your educational and career goals.  For more information or to schedule a transfer counseling appointment contact Geoffrey Tabor at (413) 236-1610 or .