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Your Path to a Bachelor’s Degree Starts at NECC!

When you start at NECC and then transfer to a state university or a University of Massachusetts campus, you can take advantage of the MassTransfer Pathway. You can choose from three pathways:

  • Gen Ed Foundation: complete 34 credits in the Gen Ed Foundation courses.
  • A2B Degree: complete your associate degree in an approved program
  • A2B +Commonwealth Commitment: attend college full time, earn your associate degree within two and a half years and your bachelor’s degree within two more years, and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program.

All three MassTransfer Pathways offer great savings and a guaranteed transfer of credits. You may also be eligible for additional savings and benefits as well as guaranteed university admission with a certain GPA.

Learn more about the MassTransfer Pathways:

MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation

MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation

General Education courses are the foundation of your degree. All 28 Massachusetts undergraduate public campuses require some set of core classes to provide you with a well-rounded academic experience, and the MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation is transferable to all of them.

This set of 34 credits (exclusive of developmental coursework), when completed together with a 2.0 or higher GPA, fully transfer to any Massachusetts public higher education institution – even if you don’t have your associate degree. They satisfy the general education/distribution/core requirements at any other Massachusetts public higher education institution, with the receiving institution being able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses.

Gen Ed Foundation Courses

Gen Ed Foundation Courses and Credit Hours
Course Credits
English Composition/Writing 6 credit hours
Behavioral and/or Social Sciences 9 credit hours
Humanities and/or Fine Arts 9 credit hours
Natural or Physical Science 7 credit hours
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3 credit hours
Total 34 credit hours

Complete 34 credits before transferring and save an average of 11% on your bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about the MassTransfer Gen Ed Foundation.

MassTransfer A2B

MassTransfer A2B

When you complete your associate degree in an approved program, you will graduate with a minimum of 60 credit hours including the set of 34-credit general education foundation courses.

Gen Ed Foundation Courses

Gen Ed Foundation Courses and Credit Hours
Course Credits
English Composition/Writing 6 credit hours
Behavioral and/or Social Sciences 9 credit hours
Humanities and/or Fine Arts 9 credit hours
Natural or Physical Science 7 credit hours
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3 credit hours
Total 34 credit hours

In addition to the guaranteed transfer of credits and no application fee or essay with a 2.0 GPA, you can earn guaranteed admission (2.5 GPA or higher), and a tuition discount (3.0 GPA or higher.)

Complete 60 credits before transferring and save an average of 28% on your bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about the MassTransfer A2B Degree or search for eligible programs.

MassTransfer A2B + Commonwealth Commitment

MassTransfer A2B + Commonwealth Commitment

A2B Degree students who attend full-time and earn a 3.00 GPA or higher also have the opportunity to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment. You must earn your associate degree within two and a half years and your bachelor’s degree within two more years.

The Commonwealth Commitment to you is to provide a freeze on all tuition and mandatory fees on program entry and a 10% rebate off tuition and mandatory fees at the end of every successfully completed semester if you earn an associate degree and then transfer for a bachelor’s degree. As a result, you can save an average of 40% on the cost of a bachelor’s degree.

Commonwealth Commitment programs currently available at Northern Essex:

Learn more about the MassTransfer A2B+Commonwealth Commitment

11%

Complete 34 credits before transferring and save an average of 11% on your bachelor’s degree

28%

Complete 60 credits before transferring and save an average of 28% on your bachelor’s degree

40%

Complete 60 credits before transferring and save an average of 40% on your bachelor’s degree

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