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Transfer Credit

We understand that one of your concerns is how credits from your prior institution(s) will transfer to Salem State University. Prior to acceptance, we encourage you to use two tools available on our website to predict your transfer credits:

Academic flowsheets are a tool for you to use to view your plan of study at Salem State University. The left side of the flowsheet generally contains all general education requirements. The right side lists the requirements and support courses for your major, the minimum number of free electives required for your particular major, as well as a minor and foreign language, if required. Please note that the flowsheet is for the current academic year and is subject to change.

The Transfer Equivalency Viewer is a database that allows you to see which courses from your current institution have been evaluated by Salem State University in the past and how/if it can be transferred. If a course is not listed in the database, please contact for more information.

Pathways to a Salem State University Bachelor's Degree

MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation

Start out with the MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation! It is a block of courses that meet the general education requirements of all Massachusetts public four-year universities. This set of 34 credits will transfer into any major at Salem State University. An associate's degree is not a requirement to achieve the MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation, however, the credits can also apply towards most associate's degrees.

  Credits  Subject Areas
       6 English composition/writing
       9 Behavioral and social sciences
       9 Humanities and fine arts
       7 Natural or physical science
       3 Mathematics/quantitative reasoning


MassTransfer Associate to Bachelor's Degrees (A2B)

Graduate from a Massachusetts Community College MassTransfer program and secure guaranteed admission to Salem State University to complete your junior and senior years with no application fees. 

MA Commonwealth Commitment Program

Complete your associate's degree at a Massachusetts Community College in an approved Commonwealth Commitment program and transfer to Salem State University as a full-time student and save thousands of dollars on your bachelor's degree.

Articulation Agreements outline how a specific academic program at a specific institution transfers into a particular major at Salem State. Not all Massachusetts Community College programs are considered MassTransfer programs, however many are linked to Salem State University programs via Articulation Agreements and provide for some of the same benefits as MassTransfer programs.

General Policies

Courses that are comparable to Salem State courses generally transfer. Transfer credit is based on factors including, but not limited to, accreditation, comparability of courses, faculty credentials, and other requirements.

  • In general, C- is the minimum grade required to transfer a course
  • A total of 75 credits may be transferred from two-year institutions
  • Please note you must successfully complete at least 30 credit hours at Salem State in order to receive your bachelor's degree from us

Test Credit

Salem State University offers college credit for a number of nationally recognized examinations of college-level subject matter. Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and various language examinations. Please visit the Test Credit page for more information.

Transfer Credit Evaluations

After you have been accepted, transfer services will start working on the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE). If the courses have been previously evaluated by Salem State and are in our equivalency database, the credit will post onto the student’s Navigator account soon after acceptance. If the courses are not in the database, transfer services will facilitate the process of our faculty reviewing the courses to assign equivalency. If a course is listed as “No Rule,” it means it is currently under faculty review.

COVID-19 Transfer Credit Policies

Online Biology Coursework

Online biology courses are not transferrable, hybrid biology courses are only transferrable if the lab is classroom-based. For semesters affected by COVID–19 online biology courses with lab may be transferrable from institutions where biology coursework is normally transferable, and courses have been reviewed and approved. Transferability of courses can be referenced on our Transfer Equivalency Viewer, for any courses not listed please email

Pass/Fail Grades

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of courses at institutions across the United States, otherwise transferable courses taken in the spring 2020 semester, with an earned grade of P (Pass), will be granted transfer credit. This exception excludes courses that may be required to have a specific letter grade as a prerequisite or requirement of a student’s intended program of study. In those cases, students may present additional documentation of a letter grade equivalent for their Pass grade to Transfer Services to have their credit considered for transfer. Nursing pre-requisite courses needed for admission must have an assigned letter grade.


Contact admissions if you are:

  • Planning to apply to Salem State as a transfer student or
  • Have applied as a transfer student but have not yet been admitted

Contact transfer services if you are:

  • A newly admitted transfer student who has questions about transfer credit evaluations or
  • A returning (matriculated) Salem State student who has taken or plans to take coursework at another institution.

MassTransfer Scholarship

Students transferring directly to Salem State University within one year of graduation from a Massachusetts State Community College with a MassTransfer associate's degree and a GPA of 3.0 will be eligible for a scholarship equal to the amount of in-state day tuition. Students must enroll as a day student, and stay continuously enrolled for the full four semesters of eligibility. In order to maintain the scholarship for the second year of study, students must continue as a day student and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 at Salem State.

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