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 website.
  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 majors 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).

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.

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 majorsee the UMass Amherst majors web pages.