Ferris State University participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and
is both a sending and receiving institution. This agreement facilitates the transfer
of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students
may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The
MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the
college or university.
Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering
a degree program will have met a 30 hour block of lower-level general education courses.
However, this does not exempt students from completing program specific prerequisites
or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their
advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.
Students meeting the MTA should check with their FSU advisor to determine how this
impacts their degree requirements.
Students eligible for reverse transfer who have met the MTA guidelines may request
the MTA satisfied notation from their prior institution.
Ferris students pursuing the MTA should contact the registrar’s office to request
an MTA audit. Transcripts for Ferris students that meet the MTA will be updated to
include the “MTA Satisfied” on the transcript.
Ferris students wishing to have their transcripts evaluated to determine if they meet
MTA should complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) Certification Request form.
Ferris students wishing to pursue MTA through Ferris should choose classes from the
general education list that meet the MTA criteria. The sortable list can be found
Students should meet with their advisor to ensure that they are selecting classes
that meet MTA and program requirements.
The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) was designed to facilitate the transfer of general
education requirements from one institution to another. Students may complete the
Michigan Transfer Agreement as part of an associate’s degree or as a stand‐alone package.
A transfer student must be admissible to a receiving institution in order to benefit
from this agreement.
To fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement, students must successfully complete at
least 30 credits, with at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. These credits, which
will be certified by a sending institution, should be met according to the following
- One course in English Composition
- A second course in English Composition or one course in Communications
- Two courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
- Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and
- Two courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two
- One course in an approved Mathematics course
- Additional coursework may be necessary to satisfy the 30 credit hour requirement.
More detailed information about the Michigan Transfer Agreement can be found on MACRAO's website.