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Massachusetts Transfer Programs

In Massachusetts, the Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the state’s 29 public colleges and universities work together to provide numerous programs to encourage and expedite the transfer of credits from one state school to another. Each of these transfer programs focuses on a different aspect of the transfer process.


If you are transferring from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another, the new MassTransfer program will make the process easier. When applying for admission, use the online transfer application located on Undergraduate or Transfer Central. Select MassTransfer when the drop/down menu appears. You will not be required to pay the application fee if you transfer as part of program.

MassTransfer has two main purposes:

    • To provide community college students who complete associate degrees and enroll in linked MassTransfer Programs with full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA); and
    • To provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the MassTransfer General Education Foundation (formerly known as MassTransfer Block) the benefit of satisfying the core (general education) requirements at any other public higher education institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses.

The MassTransfer General Education Foundation refers to a set of core (general education ) requirements, consisting of 34 college-level credits. These credits, when completed together with a 2.0 or higher GPA, fully transfer to any Massachusetts public higher education institution, even if you don't have your associate's degree. These credits also satisfy the core (general education) requirements at any other Massachusetts public higher education institution, with the receiving institution being able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses.

MassTransfer Tuition Credit

Students who complete an A2B Degree with a 3.00 or greater GPA will receive the MassTransfer Tuition Credit for two years at the state university or University of Massachusetts campus, provided they (1) matriculate within one year of receiving an associate degree; (2) enroll continuously (full-time or part-time) in day program; and (3) achieve 3.00 GPA after the first two semesters.

A2B Degree

Complete an approved MassTransfer A2B (Associate to Bachelor's) Degree.

A2B Degree Plus Commonwealth Commitment

A2B Degree Plus Commonwealth Commitment: You enroll full-time and earn a 3.00 GPA. The Commonwealth lowers your costs.

Reverse Transfer

A new option for completing your associate's degree while earning your bachelor's

Students transferring to Bridgewater State University from one of the region’s community colleges – Bristol, Cape Cod, or Massasoit – may be eligible to receive an associate’s degree using credits earned as they pursue a bachelor’s degree. If you transferred from one of the other community colleges in Massachusetts and would like to know more about how reverse transfer could work for you, contact the Transfer Center.

How the process works

After your first semester at Bridgewater, you will be invited to participate in the Reverse Transfer Program. You will be required to submit a form giving Bridgewater permission to send transcript information back to your community college. Upon receiving your form, the community college will send you a degree audit identifying your outstanding requirements.

Continue taking classes toward your bachelor' degree while considering whether some might also help you complete your associate's degree. When you have met all degree requirements at the community college, the college will send you an application for graduation. Return the application and you will receive your diploma and an invitation to the next graduation ceremony.

The value

Students who complete their associate's degrees are more likely to remain enrolled and finish their bachelor's degrees. Pay raises and promotions are often based on the attainment of a degree, so it will benefit you to earn your associate's degree.

If your pursuit of a bachelor's degree is interrupted, you will already have a college degree to your credit. Since you received your associate's degree while paying for your bachelor's degree, you effectively completed two degrees at the same time. Students enrolled in the Reverse Transfer Program will not incur costs such as transcript and graduation fees.

If you are interested in participating in the Reverse Transfer Program, please contact the Transfer Center at 508.531.2686 or email