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Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

The Michigan Transfer Agreement replaces the MACRAO Transfer Agreement and will take effect for students entering Fall 2014 or later.  Students who started prior to Fall 2014 will be able to complete the existing MACRAO Transfer Agreement through Summer 2019, or they may complete the MTA requirements.

Effective Fall Semester 2014

The Michigan Transfer Agreement is designed to facilitate transfer from one institution to another.  One of the guiding principles of the agreement is to promote transparency among institutions and ensure accurate transfer information for students.  The thirty credit hours of lower-level general education from the sending institution will be accepted as a block of 30 credit hours by the receiving institution.  Students may complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement as part of an associate degree or as a stand-alone package.  Completion of the Michigan Transfer Agreement does not necessarily mean that a student has completed the requirements for a specific Lansing Community College associate degree.   At least one credit-bearing course must be earned in attendance at Lansing Community College.  The credit-bearing course is not required to be from the areas represented in the MTA, but must be a college level class.

When the coursework and residency requirements for meeting the Michigan Transfer Agreement have been completed, it is the student's responsibility to request that the statement "Michigan Transfer Agreement Satisfied" be posted on their LCC transcript by completing a MTA-Core Audit request in the Academic Advising Center.  The completed form will be submitted to and processed by the Registrar's Office.

The following establishes the approved list of LCC courses under the six category requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement. Only courses in which at least a 2.0 is received may be applied to this agreement.

A course that is transferred to LCC from another college or university and is not equivalent to a specific LCC course may be used to satisfy MTA if it is a general education course, fits into one of the MTA areas, and meets LCC's MTA Guidelines.  To have such a course considered for MTA, a student must obtain documentation about the course from the school where it was completed, and submit the documentation to the Registrar's Office. 

View the LCC General Education Core Area/MTA Crosswalk to see a list of LCC Core courses that meet the 2016-17 MTA category requirements.

Courses taken before Fall Semester 1993 will not automatically satisfy the MTA requirement. If you took courses during this time, the courses may satisfy MTA requirements. If you would like to request a substitution to the MTA requirements complete and submit the Term Course Substitution Request for MTA Requirements form.

The basic two-year (30 semester credits) are:

  1. English Composition
    Select one course
    WRIT 121 or WRIT 131

    Students placing beyond WRIT 121 or 131 due to testing have the option to complete this English Composition requirement with ENGL 122/132 or WRIT 122/132, instead of taking WRIT 121 or WRIT 131.  If ENGL 122/132 or WRIT 122/132 is used in this way, the course cannot also be used to fulfill the English Composition (second course) or Communication requirement.

  2. English Composition (second course) or Communications
    Select one course
    ENGL 122, 132
    SPCH 110, 120, 130
    WRIT 122, 124, 127, 132

  3. Humanities and Fine Arts
    Select 2 courses, each from a different discipline (alpha course code). No more than one of the courses can be a foreign language course.
    ARTS 102, 130, 211, 212
    ENGL 201, 202, 203, 208, 211, 212, 220, 240, 255, 256, 260, 266, 267, 270, 290
    FREN 121
    GRMN 121
    HIST 150, 211, 212, 214, 220, 230, 240, 250
    HUMS 125, 140, 160, 213, 214, 215
    JAPN 121
    MUSC 199, 240, 241
    PHIL 151, 152, 153, 211, 212, 260
    RELG 150, 211, 212, 241, 242, 250
    SPAN 121
    THEA 110, 210

  4. Mathematics
    Select one course from Quantitative Reasoning, College Algebra or Statistics
    Quantitative Reasoning:
    MATH 119
    College Algebra:
    MATH 120, 121, 122, 126, 130, 141, 151, 161
    STAT 170, 215

  5. Natural Sciences
    Select a total of 2 courses, each from a different discipline (alpha course code).  One of those courses must be a lab course. 
    Lab Courses:
    ASTR 201
    BIOL 120, 121, 125, 127, 128, 145, 201, 204, 210, 260, 265
    CHEM 135, 161, 192
    GEOG 220, 221
    GEOL 221, 230
    ISCI 121, 131
    PHYS 120, 200, 221, 251
    Non-Lab Courses:
    BIOL 203, 270
    CHEM 125, 151, 182
    PFHW 123

  6. Social Science
    Select a total of 2 courses, each from a different discipline (alpha course code).
    ANTH 270, 271, 275, 276
    CHDV 101
    ECON 120, 201, 213, 260
    EDUC 204, 220, 230
    GEOG 120, 200, 202
    GERO 100
    POLS 120, 121, 201, 240, 250, 260, 270, 271
    PSYC 200, 203
    SOCL 120, 185, 254
    SOWK 101
    SPCH 280

In areas where there are sequential courses (e.g., SPAN 121, 122, 201, 202, or MATH 151, 152, or CHEM 151, 152, 161, 162, and others), if a student is eligible for the higher level course without having to take the lower level course, or if a student has completed all the necessary areas of the MTA but needs further courses to reach the 30-credit minimum, the student may substitute the higher level course for that portion of the MTA.

NOTE:  Students seeking an LCC associate degree must fulfill specific graduation requirements. See the LCC Catalog for additional details.

For further information and advising, contact the Center for Academic & Career Pathways in the StarZone in the Gannon Building or by calling (517) 483-1999.

For a complete list of colleges and universities that are signatory to the Michigan Transfer Agreement (sending and receiving MTA transfer credits), click this link:

Students who are planning to transfer should contact the receiving institution, before transferring, for more detailed information regarding their requirements.

Transfer Opportunities at Lansing Community College

Academic Advising Center
Gannon Bldg, Room 212
Phone: (517) 483-1904
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