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Transfer Admissions Requirements

 

For transfer applicants, we typically look for a GPA of 2.7 or higher. However, we use a holistic approach during our review process, taking into consideration factors such as most recent completed semester grades, the rigor of classes taken, grades in courses related to your intended major, and other information provided to us as part of the application.

Some majors are more selective and have specific GPA and/or prerequisite courses required for admission; these requirements can be found below.

For students applying during their first semester of college, we also consider high school grades as part of the decision.

Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Additionally, some majors have a limited amount of spaces available; be sure to complete your application by the priority date to ensure full consideration to those programs. Criminal and disciplinary histories may be considered as part of the review process.

If you are an international student who is not U.S. citizens or permanent resident, please visit our International Transfer Applicant webpage to learn more about the materials you need to provide as part of your application.

Applicants to the Architecture, Art, Dance and Music majors are encouraged to contact the appropriate department and apply as early as possible to allow enough time for an audition or portfolio review.  Students must have their admission application on file with Undergraduate Admissions before auditions or portfolio reviews will be scheduled.

All applicants who are non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS: A minimum score of 80 or better on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) is required along with strong subscores in each of the four areas. An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is also acceptable.  Official copies of scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency. Student copies are not considered official. The UMass Amherst TOEFL code is 3917.

You may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement if you have completed two non-ESL English composition courses AND several humanities/social science courses with grades of B or better at a U.S. college or university.

We are now accepting the Duolingo English test to demonstrate English proficiency.  We require a minimum score of 105.

If you will complete an approved MassTransfer associate degree program before UMass Amherst enrollment with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, and you are in good academic, financial, and disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges, you are guaranteed admission to UMass Amherst through MassTransfer. Students who are not in good academic, financial, and/or disciplinary status at all previously attended colleges and/or who have a criminal history may not be guaranteed MassTransfer benefits.

Note: Some UMass Amherst majors may require a higher GPA and/or prerequisite coursework. For more information, look up your MassTransfer associate degree program and how it works with UMass Amherst majors.

Some UMass Amherst majors are not available to post-graduate second bachelor's degree students. Please contact the Admissions Office to determine availability and to request a special application form. Applications are submitted to the Admissions Office and are reviewed in consultation with the major department.

Students and graduates of UMass Amherst who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 additional credits, all of which must be in residence. 

Graduates of other institutions who wish to earn a second bachelor’s degree at UMass Amherst must complete a minimum of 45 credits in residence at the Amherst campus.

Standardized tests are optional for first-year applicants, please refer to our test-optional policy page for more information.

Architecture, Art, Dance, and Music

A successful portfolio review or audition with the academic department. Please see the department website to learn more.

Business (Isenberg School of Management)

Transfer students applying during their first semester of college should have:

Finance/Operations & Information Management

  • Very strong high school grades; and
  • 4 years of high school math with a grade of B or higher in pre-calculus and college calculus in-progress

Accounting, Business, Isenberg, Management & Marketing

  • Very strong high school grades; and
  • 4 years of high school math with a grade of B or higher in pre-calculus

Sport Management

  • Very strong high school grades; and
  • 4 years of high school math with a grade of B or higher in pre-calculus or calculus

Transfer students applying during their second semester of college should have:

Finance/Operations & Information Management

  • Very strong high school grades; and
  • 4 years of high school math with a grade of B or higher in pre-calculus; and
  • 3.2 cumulative college GPA; and
  • Calculus and economics completed or in-progress with a grade of B- or higher

Accounting, Business, Isenberg, Management & Marketing

  • 3.2 cumulative college GPA; and
  • Economics or financial accounting completed or in-progress. (Accounting majors should have strong grades in accounting courses)

Sport Management

  • Very strong high school grades; and
  • 4 years of high school math; B or better in pre-calculus/calculus; and
  • 3.0 cumulative college GPA

Sophomore or junior year transfer:

Finance/Operations & Information Management

  • 3.2 college GPA each semester; and
  • College calculus completed or in-progress with a  grade of B- or higher; and
  • *Sophomore: 2 additional predictor courses with a grade of B- or higher
  • *Junior: 3 additional predictor courses with a grade of B- or higher

Accounting, Business, Isenberg, Management & Marketing

  • 3.2 cumulative college GPA; and
  • College level math completed or in-progress; and
  • *Sophomores: 2 additional predictor courses (Accounting majors should have strong grades in accounting courses)
  • *Juniors: 3 additional predictor courses with a grade of B- or higher (Accounting majors should have strong grades in accounting courses).

*Predictor Courses: Microeconomics, Macroeconomic, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting.

Sport Management

  • 3.0 cumulative college GPA; and
  • A grade of a B- or higher in Financial Accounting; and
  • A grade of a B- or higher in microeconomics or macroeconomics; and
  • Pre-calculus/calculus/finite math or statistics completed or in progress

Computer Science

Transfer students applying during their first year of college should have:

  • Very strong high school grades; and
  • Engineering calculus and data structures with grades of B+ or higher.

Sophomore and junior year transfers:

  • Engineering calculus and data structures with grades of B+ or higher.

Engineering

Transfer students applying during their first semester of college:

  • Very strong high school grades;
  • Precalculus (or a higher level math), chemistry, and physics during high school; and
  • Engineering calculus I in-progress or with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer students applying during their second semester of college:

  • Requirements listed above;
  • A cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Engineering calculus II in-progress or with a grade of C or higher; and
  • Engineering chemistry or physics.

Sophomore and junior year transfer:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and the following pre-requisites with grades of C or higher:
    • Engineering calculus I;
    • Engineering calculus II; and
    • Engineering chemistry or physics

Informatics

A well-rounded, strong academic record, including college-level math, java programming and/or data structures (if applying in second year).

*Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Additionally, some majors have a limited amount of spaces available; be sure to complete your application by the priority date to ensure full consideration to those programs.

Currently enrolled students from UMass Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell may qualify for admission* through UMass Interchange if they have:

  • Earned 12-23 college credits** with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at that institution; or
  • Earned 24 or more college credits** with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at that institution.

UMass Interchange students should apply using the Common Application and submit all application materials required as a transfer student. There is no application fee for qualified students. On the Common Application, please request an application fee waiver and it will be waived once the application has been processed.

Please note, non-degree and Continuing Education students are not eligible for UMass Interchange.

* UMass Interchange students must also be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing at all colleges/universities attended to receive UMass Interchange benefits. Criminal and disciplinary histories may also be considered as part of the application process.

** Credit amounts do not include transfer credits or exam credits.