Registrar at Aquinas College

Michigan Transfer Agreement

Transferring your MTA to Aquinas College

The Michigan Transfer Agreement is designed to facilitate student transfer from one Michigan college or university to another, in this case, Aquinas College.  It provides for the transfer of up to 30 semester hours to meet many of the General Education Requirements at Aquinas College.  A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each course.  Students may complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement as part of an associate degree or as a stand-alone package.  If you have the MTA designation on your official transcript awarded Fall 2014 or after, the following courses will be applied toward your general education requirements at Aquinas College.

  • 1 course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or 1 course in Communication
  • 1 course in Mathematics
  • 2 courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
  • 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines and excluding studio and performance classes)
  • 2 courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)

In addition, each course will be individually evaluated and may be used to meet major or minor requirements.

NOTE:  Students seeking an elementary teaching degree should take specific courses to complete their MTA so they will transfer to Aquinas in the best position possible.  Please contact the Aquinas College School of Education for specific advising.  The MTA may not be the best fit for those pursuing elementary education certification.

If you need assistance with course selection or deciding how the MTA will work for you, please schedule an appointment with the Registrar/Academic Advising Center by calling (616) 632-2866.

Additional courses in General Education are required when transferring to Aquinas College for a bachelor’s degree.  For Traditional Age Transfer Students with the MTA* and no Associate in Arts degree, the additional requirements are listed below.  Some of these requirements could also transfer in from your previous college work, AP, IB or CLEP credit.

  • Core Requirements: (unless further transfer coursework has already completed these requirements)
    • Theological Foundation
    • General Education 201 - Humanities I or GE202 – Humanities II**
    • General Education 203
    • Foreign Language
  • Distribution Areas:  (unless further transfer coursework has already completed these requirements)
    • Kinesiology
    • Career Development
    • Technology Proficiency
    • Writing Intensive Requirement
    • Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
    • Senior Capstone Requirement
    • Global Perspective Requirement

For Continuing Education Transfer Students with the MTA*** and no Associate in Arts degree, the remaining requirements are as follows.

  • Core Requirements:  (unless further transfer coursework has already completed these requirements)
    • Theological Foundation
    • General Education 270
  • Distribution Areas:  (unless further transfer coursework has already completed these requirements)
    • Technology Proficiency
    • Writing Intensive Requirement
    • Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
    • Senior Capstone Requirement
    • Global Perspective Requirement

*For Traditional Age students transferring in 60 semester hours or more, there is no Foreign Language, Humanities, General Education 203 – Question Everything: Research as Inquiry or Career Development requirement.

**Traditional Age students transferring in 30 semester hours or more, but less than 60 semester hours must complete a Humanities course (General Education 201 – Humanities I or General Education 202 – Humanities II).

***Continuing Education students transferring in 30 semester hours or more, but less than 60 semester hours must complete a Humanities course (General Education 201 – Humanities I, General Education 202 – Humanities II, or General Education 270 – Culture of World Civilization.

NOTE:  Math and Writing proficiency is required for any degree at Aquinas College, if not already complete with courses taken toward the Michigan Transfer Agreement.

Student entering Aquinas College who have completed the MTA and an Associates of Arts Degree have satisfied the general education requirements except for a course in Theological Foundations.  Students will also need to complete the general education competency requirements from the following categories if not already complete through transfer of credit.

  • Writing Intensive
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Senior Capstone
  • Global Perspective
  • English & Mathematics & Technology proficiencies

Completing your MTA at Aquinas College

If you choose to complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement through Aquinas College in order to transfer to another participating college or university that accepts the MTA, the courses that fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement Requirements are listed below.  A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for completion of the MTA as well as a minimum 2.0 grade in each course taken for the MTA.

One Course in English Composition

  • General Education 101 – Inquiry & Expression
  • General Education 170 – Foundations for Learning
  • English 205 – Advanced Composition

A second course in English Composition or one course in Communication

  • General Education 101 – Inquiry & Expression
  • General Education 170 – Foundations for Learning
  • English 205 – Advanced Composition
  • Any course in Communication

Two courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)

  • Any course in Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Women’s Studies, Economics, Business, Communication, Anthropology, or History
  • Geography 120 – Human Geography
  • Geography 140 – World Regional Geography

Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)

  • Any course in Art, Music, English, Philosophy, Theatre, or History
  • General Education 201 – Humanities I
  • General Education 202 – Humanities II
  • General Education 270 – The Culture of World Civilization

Two courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)

  • Any course in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Studies, or Physical Geography

One course in Mathematics that should be satisfied by an entry-level college course

  • Mathematics 110 – Math for Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics 114 – College Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Mathematics 121 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • Mathematics 122 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • Mathematics 151 – Elementary Statistics
  • Mathematics 252 – Statistics
  • Mathematics 260 & 261 – Math for Elementary & Middle School Teacher I & II