Registrar at Aquinas College

Michigan Transfer Agreement

Transferring your MTA to Aquinas College

The Michigan Transfer Agreement will enable the transfer of courses from one Michigan college or university to Aquinas College. It provides for the transfer of up to 30 semester hours which will 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 are awarded the “MTA Satisfied” designation on your official transcript, the following courses will be applied toward your general education requirements:

  • 1 English Composition Course
  • 1 Communication Course or a second English Composition Course
  • 1 Mathematics course
  • 2 Social Science Courses (from two disciplines)
  • 2 Humanities and Fine Arts Courses (from two disciplines and excluding studio and performance classes)
  • 2 Natural Sciences Courses, 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:  THE MTA MAY NOT BE THE BEST FIT FOR THOSE PURSUING ELEMENTARY EDUCATION CERTIFICATION.  Please contact the Aquinas College School of Education for specific advising. 

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) 632-2871.

Additional courses in General Education are required when transferring to Aquinas College for a Bachelor’s degree.  Some of these requirements may also transfer in from your previous college work, AP, IB or CLEP credit.

*Traditional Age students transferring in 28 semester hours or more are not required to take GE 100 - First Year Experience: College in the 21st Century.

*Traditional Age students transferring in 60 semester hours or more are not required to take World Language, GE 203 – Question Everything: Research as Inquiry, or CD 100 - Career and Self Awareness.

Students entering Aquinas College who have completed the MTA and an Associate 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 completed through transfer of credit.

  • Writing Intensive
  • Senior Capstone

NOTE:  Math and Writing proficiency is required for any degree at Aquinas College, if not already completed with courses taken in the Michigan Transfer Agreement and/or Associate of Arts.

Completing your MTA at Aquinas College

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) is designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from Aquinas College to colleges and universities in Michigan that participate in the MTA.  Students can view a list of participating institutions at the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers website.  The required categories that fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement are listed below.  The MTA is applicable to students who started at Aquinas College in Fall 2014 or later.  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.

  • 1 English Composition Course
  • 1 Communication Course or a second English Composition Course
  • 1 Mathematics course
  • 2 Social Science Courses (from two disciplines)
  • 2 Humanities and Fine Arts Courses (from two disciplines and excluding studio and performance classes)
  • 2 Natural Sciences Courses, including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)

*Additional coursework may be necessary to satisfy the 30 semester credit hour requirement.

*A Michigan Transfer Agreement worksheet is available which lists the classes that meet each of the categories outlined above.

*Students wishing to transfer from Aquinas College must submit a request to the Registrar and Advising Center (registrar@aquinas.edu) that their transcript be evaluated to determine if the MTA has been satisfied.

*A maximum of 12 semester hours of Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be used towards completion of the MTA. International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may not be used towards the completion of the MTA.

*A minimum of 12 semester hours of MTA requirements must be completed at Aquinas College.