Joint Admissions Graduates

Did you begin an approved Joint Admissions associate degree program at a Massachusetts public community college before Fall 2009?

If you began in Fall 2009 or later, go to the MassTransfer page.

Joint Admissions applicants receive priority application processing with the following benefits:

  • Applicants may submit an abbreviated application form (download below).
  • No application fee is required.
  • No essay is required.
  • Joint Admissions applications are processed ahead of other transfer applications.


If you complete an approved Joint Admissions associate degree program with a 2.5 or higher cumulative PA, you are guaranteed admission to UMass Amherst through Joint Admissions.  Exception: Students who do not have good academic, fiscal, disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges, and/or criminal history may not be guaranteed Joint Admissions benefits.

NOTE: 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.

To determine which associate degree programs qualify for Joint Admissions, visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Web site.

Note: You must complete your associate degree by August 2013 and enroll at UMass Amherst by the fall of 2014.

How to Apply

  1. Download a Joint Admissions application form. Complete the application form and send it to UMass Amherst at:
    Transfer Admissions
    Undergraduate Admissions Office
    UMass Amherst
    37 Mather Drive
    Amherst, MA 01003-9291
  2. Arrange for an official community college transcript to be sent from the community college registrar's office to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at UMass Amherst at the address above. Unofficial community college transcripts, including hand-delivered or student-printed transcripts, are not acceptable. You will also need to send a final transcript when you complete your associate degree.
  3. Send official transcripts from any other colleges attended, including UMass Continuing Education, to insure that all transfer coursework is evaluated for degree requirements.
  4. Meet the priority deadline!
    Fall Enrollment: March 1
    Spring Enrollment: October 15
  5. Meet the Financial Aid Priority Deadline. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  as soon as possible after January 1, but before February 15, in order to meet the priority filing date of March 1. Remember to list UMass Amherst on your form, using our school code: 002221.

Go to Financial Matters for more on financial aid.

Former UMass Amherst degree-seeking students and students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for Joint Admissions or MassTransfer. Former UMass Amherst degree-seeking students may instead file an application for readmission through the UMass Amherst Registrar’s Office. Telephone: 413-545-0555

Transfer Credits

Many Joint Admissions associate degree programs include a set of distribution requirements called the Commonwealth Transfer Compact (CTC). If your associate degree program includes the CTC requirements, then you are guaranteed a minimum of 60 semester transfer credits. If your Joint Admissions associate degree program does not include the CTC requirements, then we will consider each course individually for transfer credit.

Degree Requirements

If you qualify for admission and have also completed the Commonwealth Transfer Compact (CTC) requirements as part of your Joint Admissions associate degree program, then you will have completed all of your UMass Amherst General Education requirements. If you have not completed CTC requirements, then your associate degree courses will be considered on an individual basis for UMass Amherst General Education requirements.

Regardless of whether or not you have completed the CTC, you will still need to complete your college/school and major requirements, including the junior writing course.