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Transfer Application Process

While MSU also utilizes the Common App and Coalition for College application, transfer applications are made only through the MSU application. Additionally, there is no early-action/regular admission windows for transfer applicants; applications are evaluated as they are received by the university (rolling admission).
Once an application is submitted and all application materials are received (transcripts and the application itself), transfer applicants can expect to wait eight to twelve weeks for their admission decision. Transfer students are encouraged to apply at least 6 months before their desired semester of enrollment.
For more information about the transfer application process, dates and deadlines, and admission criteria, please go to For engineering-specific information, please continue below.


Depending on the number of credits, Spartan Engineering prerequisites include completing equivalents for the following courses:

  • Writing: Writing as Inquiry (WRA 101) 
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141) and Chemistry Lab I (CEM 161) (EXCEPTIONS: Computer Science Majors are exempted from the requirement; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering students are required to take CEM 151. Students with CEM 141 credit need to take an exam that, if passed, would waive CEM 151. Without a passing score, students must take CEM 151 at MSU.) 
  • Intro to Engineering Modeling (EGR 102) (Note: Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science students complete CSE 231. Electrical Engineer majors take CSE 220 instead.)
  • Calculus I (MTH 132)
  • Calculus II (MTH 133)
  • Calculus lll (MTH 234)
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (PHY 183)
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers Il (PHY 184)

The following table indicates which courses you will need to have completed when you are transferring less than 28 credits, less than 42 credits, and 42 credits or more. Also listed is the GPA (on a 4-point scale) that will be required for admission to the College of Engineering and when applying to MSU.

Mechanical Engineering majors must have an overall GPA of 3.6 and 3.4 GPA in all technical courses. Computer Science, and Chemical and Material Sciences Engineering majors must have an overall GPA of 3.4 and a 3.2 GPA in all technical courses. All other engineering majors require an overall GPA of 3.2 and a 3.0 GPA in technical coursework. 

Your technical GPA is an average of the grades you have received for all technical courses. For example, MTH 132 is considered a technical course and is used in calculating your technical GPA; WRA 101 is not. Here is how to calculate your technical GPA.

Courses will be accepted according to the Transfer MSU page as well as based on grade earned. Grades lower than a “C” will not be transferrable as credit. All credit will be reviewed on a 4-point scale and grades will follow according to the grading scale that is used at the institution you completed the course at.

Transfer Credits

  • Students transferring from two-year institutions may transfer a maximum of 60 semester credits for use toward a bachelor's degree.
  • Students transferring from four-year institutions may transfer all credits that they have received.
    • Note that students must earn at least 30 credits in courses given by the university in order to earn a bachelor’s degree from MSU. 
  • Course work assigned a grade of 2.0 or higher may be recognized in transfer. Any courses taken that resulted in a grade below a 2.0 are not eligible for transfer credit.
  • Students with 42 or more completed credits must select a major; the major of no preference cannot be chosen.
    • It is recommended for students majoring in Chemical Engineering to take Organic Chemistry.
    • It is recommended for students majoring in Biosystems Engineering to take BS 161 equivalent.

Visit website to determine the number of credits transferrable to MSU. There are also additional resources for international transfer students.


  • The MSU College of Engineering offers more than 120 scholarships to incoming freshmen & transfer students each year, for a total of approximately $220,800 in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.
  • A separate scholarship application is not required; decisions will be made based on your MSU Application, academic merit, and financial need.
  • Please visit for more information.

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