What is MassTransfer?

MassTransfer provides Massachusetts community college students who complete associate degrees and enroll in linked MassTransfer programs with the full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA).

Please be aware MassTransfer does not apply to every major at Salem State University. The student must complete a specific associate’s degree from their community college which is linked to one of our majors. Please visit the MassTransfer website for the most up to date agreements.



Your MassTransfer status will not be official until after you have completed the appropriate linked associate’s program. You can apply to Salem State University as a transfer student prior to receiving your associate’s degree, but your MassTransfer benefits will not apply until after your final transcript has been received. Please be aware, this is different from MassTransfer Block.


Students may submit the MassTransfer intent to enroll form, however we prefer the student submit our own online application. Our online application acts exactly the same way as the intent to enroll form, as we have an option to select you are a MassTransfer applicant.


After completing your associate degree with at least 60 credit hours you will be eligible to transfer into a linked MassTransfer program at a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus with the following benefits:

Benefits Final minimum GPA 2.0+ Final minimum GPA 2.5+ Final minimum GPA 3.0+ Notes
No application fee Yes Yes Yes At Salem State University, we prefer you submit our online application. It will work exactly the same as the MassTransfer application.
No application essay Yes Yes Yes At Salem State University, we prefer you submit our online application. It will work exactly the same as the MassTransfer application.
Automatic satisfaction of most of all general education requirements Yes Yes Yes Receiving institution may require no more than six additional credits/two courses.
Guaranteed transfer of credits Yes Yes Yes 60 credits

Guaranteed admission

  Yes Yes Space permitting in the major and college. Please be aware Salem State University’s minimum GPA for admission is a 2.2.
33% tuition waiver     Yes For two years, provided student:
  • Matriculates within one year of receiving associate degree;
  • Enrolls continuously (full- or part-time) in day program; and
  • Achieves 3.0 GPA in first two semesters

Please visit the MassTransfer website for further details.


Starting May 2014, Salem State will offer a new full in-state day tuition free scholarship (currently valued at $910) to any Massachusetts community college student who has earned an associate's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and transfers to the university within one year of completing that degree. Eligible full-time students would be awarded this scholarship, which covers 100 percent of tuition, for up to two years/four semesters. 

If you would like to meet with an admissions counselor to discuss possible transfer credit, please call 978.542.6046 to make an appointment. We also welcome you to join us for one of our many information sessions.