Academic Advising

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

At the Community Colleges

  1. Identify an approved Joint Admissions or MassTransfer program by consulting your community college catalog, the community college admissions office or transfer advisor, or the Department of Higher Education Web site (Joint Admissions, MassTransfer).
  2. Follow the Joint Admissions or MassTransfer course requirements for the associate degree program, as listed in the community college catalog.
  3. If you have questions about course or associate degree requirements, meet with the community college academic advisor. See the list below to find the office at your college.
  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

In addition to qualifying for admission on the basis of their application materials, transfer students must have completed (prior to their enrollment) a non-ESL English composition course which fulfills the UMass Amherst College Writing requirement. All entering juniors are also required to declare a major and then be admissible to that major in order to be accepted to UMass Amherst.

In order to graduate, students must complete the following requirements, which may be fulfilled by transfer coursework and/or UMass Amherst coursework:

General Education Requirements

In addition to determining which courses transfer to UMass Amherst, the Undergraduate Admissions Office also determines which transfer courses fulfill the UMass Amherst General Education requirements.

General Education for Massachusetts Community College Graduates
 

  • Joint Admissions graduates whose programs include a set of distribution requirements called the Commonwealth Transfer Compact (CTC) are exempt from UMass Amherst General Education requirements; however, they must still complete college and major requirements, including the Junior Year Writing requirement. 
  • 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) and the integrative experience requirement (at UMass Amherst).  In addition, they must complete college and major requirements, including the Junior Year Writing requirement.

General Education for Other Transfer Applicants:

All students graduating from UMass Amherst must have fulfilled the General Education (“Gen Ed”) requirements; however, they may use transfer courses for nearly all of these requirements.  The Undergraduate Admissions Office determines which transfer courses fulfill the UMass Amherst General Education requirements.  For more specific information, see Fulfilling the Requirements.

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.  For more information about HFA college requirements, contact the HFA Advising Center at 413-545-6669.

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.