Reverse Transfer

What is Reverse Transfer?

Reverse transfer is an agreement between Muskegon Community College and other four-year universities within Michigan that allows students to receive an associate degree by combining credits completed at Muskegon Community with credits earned at the four-year university. An associate’s degree from MCC requires 62 credits, with various requirements, depending on your elected program. Reverse transfer is not applicable to certificates offered at MCC, only associate’s degrees.

What are the benefits of Reverse Transfer?

Reverse transfer provides students with an opportunity to add a marketable credential to their resume that will help give them an edge in the workforce. Obtaining an associate degree also allows students to receive full credit for their academic achievements. Students who receive their associate’s degree are more likely to finish their bachelor’s degree, increase their earning power, and increase their hire ability by showing competency and a dedication to finishing an educational milestone.

Reverse Transfer Partners Institution Minimum MCC Credits
Ferris State University Agreement 30
Grand Valley State University Agreement 30
Western Michigan University Agreement 45
How do I know if I am eligible?

If you recently transferred to a four year institution from Muskegon Community, the university’s Registrar Office will notify you via email that you are eligible for review based on the number of credit hours you have completed, typically at the end of a semester.

What happens next?

If you are eligible, fill out Reverse Transfer Release Form, included in your email and turn it into your university’s Registrar Office. The form and your transcripts will be released to Muskegon Community College and they will be reviewed to see if you have qualified to be awarded the associates degree. All correspondence regarding the results of the review will be sent directly to you from Muskegon Community College.

Am I guaranteed a degree from Muskegon Community College?

No. The sending of your transcript to MCC does not guarantee the granting of a degree. The courses you have completed will be evaluated and is subject to the degree and residency requirements of Muskegon Community College, which will be the degree granting institution. A minimum grade point average of a 2.0 is required.

How will I be notified to know if I qualify?

You will be informed by mail if you meet or do not meet the degree requirements.

MCC Reverse Transfer Statistics

The following statistics reflect MCC’s reverse transfers from Fall 2012 through Fall 2019:

Students Opted-In to Reverse Transfer – by University

University # Students
Grand Valley State University 79
Ferris State University 19
Western Michigan University 19
Total 117

Reverse Transfer Graduates – by University

University # Students
Grand Valley State University 26
Ferris State University 5
Western Michigan University 2
Total 33

Reverse Transfer Credentials Awarded – by Credential/Degree

Credential/Degree # Credentials Awarded
Associate in Science & Arts (A.S.A.) 23
Associate in General Studies (A.G.S) 8
Health Science A.S.A. 1
Manufacturing Engineering Technology A.A.S. 1
Total 33


For more information:

Muskegon Community College
Phone: 231-777-0519