Academic Advising

If you plan to participate in a MassTransfer program (or you have already started a MassTransfer program) and intend to transfer to UMass Amherst, follow these steps to stay on track.

At the Community Colleges: It's as Easy as 1,2,3,4!

  1. Identify an approved MassTransfer program by consulting your community college catalog, the community college admissions office or transfer advisor, or the Department of Higher Education MassTransfer web site.
  2. Follow the MassTransfer course requirements for the associate degree program, as listed in the community college catalog.
  3. IMPORTANT:  To assure a smooth transition to UMass Amherst, use your  MassTransfer Block requirements and elective course requirements to prepare for your planned major.  For example, if you plan to major in biology, it would be beneficial to complete Biology I/II at the community college to fulfill the MassTransfer Block science requirements, complete precalculus to fulfill the MassTransfer Block math requirement, and select Chemistry I/II and Physics I/II as some of your elective courses towards graduation.  To help identify appropriate preparatory courses for your major, see the UMass Amherst major web pages.
  4. If you have questions about transferring to UMass Amherst, meet with the community college transfer advisor or contact a transfer counselor in the UMass Amherst Admissions Office (413-545-0222).

Community College Transfer Advising Offices

At UMass Amherst

If you have questions about the application process or about UMass Amherst, contact a transfer counselor in the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions Office (413-545-0222).

After enrolling at UMass Amherst, students work with advisors in their colleges/schools and/or major departments. All new transfer students are invited to a meeting with their college/school advisors during their first semester on campus. In the Isenberg School of Management and the College of Engineering, new transfer students also take a transfer seminar in their first semester on campus.

Preparing to Transfer to UMass Amherst

Students can best prepare for transfer to UMass Amherst by following these steps:

  1. Enroll in an approved MassTransfer program and complete the program requirements. 
  2. Fulfill MassTransfer Block requirements at the community college with courses that will also prepare them for their planned baccalaureate majors.
  3. Select elective courses at the community college that will also prepare them for their planned baccalaureate majors.
  4. Consult with a community college transfer counselor or UMass Amherst transfer counselor if questions arise.

UMass Amherst baccalaureate degrees include General Education requirements, college/school requirements, major requirements, and elective credits.  Here’s how MassTransfer programs contribute to those requirements:

General Education Requirements

MassTransfer graduates should have completed a set of distribution requirements, called the MassTransfer Block (MTB), as part of their associate degree program.  With the MassTransfer Block, students are exempt from most UMass Amherst General Education requirements but must still complete the diversity requirement (either at the community college or at UMass Amherst).   In addition, they must complete college and major requirements, including the Junior Year Writing requirement and the integrative experience requirement.

College Requirements

Each major department resides within a college or school.  Students whose majors are in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA), the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), or the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) must complete college requirements, in addition to General Education requirements and major requirements.  The respective college advising offices determine which transfer courses fulfill their college requirements.

For information about which majors are in HFA, CNS, and SBS, see School and Colleges.

College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) – Students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency.  Find out more about HFA college requirements.

Collegeof Natural Sciences(CNS) – Bachelor of science degree: Students earning a bachelor of science degree must complete a minimum of 60 credits of math- and science-related coursework but are not required to demonstrate foreign language proficiency.  Bachelor of arts degree: Students earning a bachelor of arts degree must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Find out more about CNS college requirements.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) – Students must complete the Global Education requirement through one of four options, most of which require foreign language coursework. Find out more about SBS college requirements.

IMPORTANT:  Community college graduates with majors in HFA, SBS, and CNS (bachelor of arts degrees only, but not bachelor of science degrees) are encouraged to take foreign language courses at the community college in order to complete their college language requirement prior to enrollment at UMass Amherst.

Major Requirements

To assure a smooth transition to UMass Amherst, it is very important that MassTransfer students start completing first- and second-year major requirements while enrolled at the community college.  Students may easily accomplish that by selecting community college courses for their MassTransfer Block requirements and elective course requirements which will also fulfill baccalaureate major requirements. For example, if you plan to major in biology, it would be beneficial to complete Biology I/II at the community college to fulfill the MassTransfer Block science requirements, complete precalculus to fulfill the MassTransfer Block math requirement, and select Chemistry I/II and Physics I/II as some of your elective courses towards graduation.

To help identify appropriate preparatory courses for your major, see the UMass Amherst major web pages.