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MassTransfer Program

MassTransfer has two main purposes:

  • Provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the Gen Ed Foundation with the benefit of satisfying the general education/distribution/core requirements at any other public higher education institution (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses).
What is MassTransfer?

MassTransfer is a statewide transfer policy that was approved by Board of Higher Education in 2008. If you are transferring from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another, the MassTransfer policy will make the process easier.

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An extension of the MassTransfer Program, the Commonwealth Commitment was implemented in 2016. The Commonwealth Commitment is a new Massachusetts initiative that makes it easier and more affordable than ever for Massachusetts residents to earn a bachelor’s degree in one of seventeen sponsored programs of study. Start here at BCC, transfer to a Massachusetts state university, earn your bachelor’s degree and save an average of $5,000 while you do it. Learn more about the Commonwealth Commitment.

The Gen Ed Foundation

The Gen Ed Foundation is a set of 34 credits that is accepted at our community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses. 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 foundation, exclusive of developmental coursework.

Students will be provided with the benefit of satisfying the general education/distribution core requirements at any other public higher education institution (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses).

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.

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 BCC's Transfer Coordinator or visit the MassTransfer site.

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