Core Curriculum

Transfer Credits and the USM Core

Transfer and the USM Core

Questions?  Contact Transfer Affairs (207) 780-5340.

USM is committed to the success of our large and diverse transfer population by awarding credit for students’ prior learning while helping them successfully make the transition to USM’s upper level Core requirements.

Study Abroad and the USM Core

For general information, please visit the International Programs Study Abroad web resources. For Core-related information, see the Instructions for prior approval of study abroad and USM Core requirements.

Block Transfer

UMS-MCCS block transfer process

To facilitate transfer from the Maine Community College System, a general education transfer block is in effect beginning fall 2016.  Students complete with a grade of C minus or better a block of at least 35 credit hours of specified general education requirements at any Maine Community College and satisfy a corresponding block on any UMS Campus.  For students with a verified completed general education block, USM requires no additional general education coursework, except the capstone and any specific Core courses required by the student's major.  Students seeking participation in the UMS-MCCS General Education Transfer block should complete a verification of block completion form and submit it to the registrar at their Maine Community College.

UMS block transfer process

To facilitate transfer within the University of Maine System, a general education transfer block is in effect beginning fall 2015.  Students complete with a grade of C minus or better a block of at least 35 credit hours of specified general education requirements on any University of Maine System campus, and satisfy a corresponding block on any other UMS campus.  Up to 10 additional credits may be required by the receiving campus.  For students with a verfied completed block, USM requires no additional credits, except the capstone and any specific courses required by the student’s major.

How Students Qualify: Students transferring TO USM should complete the Transfer to USM General Education Block Verification Form. Students transferring FROM USM to another system campus should complete the Transfer FROM USM General Education Block Verification Form

Core Transfer Policy for the Associate of Arts in liberal studies/liberal arts

With the exception of the capstone, and any other particular USM Core or LCC courses specifically required by the student's major, USM Core and LCC requirements are waived for students with a completed Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies/Liberal Arts from a regionally accredited  community or other college.  This policy does not apply to any other associate degrees.  This policy is effective for students admitted spring 2015 and after or who complete their Associate of Arts degree in 2015 or after.  The policy is not retroactive.

Core Transfer Policy for Prior Bachelor's Degree

Students who have already earned one baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and are undertaking work for a second baccalaureate degree are not required to satisfy Core curriculum requirements. International transfer students with a prior degree whose native language is not English will be required to take ESL 100 or ENG 100 unless they have taken the equivalent of ENG 100 at a US institution.

Transfer Credit and EYE

Students transferring 24 or more credit hours are exempted from completing the Entry Year Experience requirement.  Excludes AP and other test credits.

Transfer equivalents from Maine Community Colleges

Maine Community Colleges offer a wide variety of courses which satisfy USM Core requirements.Once each semester equivalencies from three of our Community College partners will be provided in PDF form here. These lists are only updated once a semester, and may not include the most recent transfer equivalents.

USM Core/Central Maine Community College Equivalents

USM Core/Eastern Maine Community College Equivalents

USM Core/Kennebec Valley Community College Equivalents

USM Core/Northern Maine Community College Equivalents

USM Core/Washington County Community College Equivalents

USM Core/Southern Maine Community College Equivalents

USM Core/York County Community College Equivalents

Finding Transfer Equivalent Courses

Your Transfer Credit Evaluation in Maine Street shows the most up-to-date information on how your prior course work transfers to satisfy Core requirements. 

If you are planning to transfer credit to USM, the most up-to-date information on transferring credits to USM is available on Maine Street in the Transfer Course Equivalencies list. To use this list:

 1. click on the Transfer Course Equivalencies button under quick links.

2. click on Transfer courses or test credit to the Univ. of Maine System. 

3. Select USM from the menu. 

4. Click on the letter that corresponds to the first letter of the institution from which you are transferring credit (e.g., "S" for Southern Maine Community College).

5. Find the transfer-from institution on the list and click on it.  A list will come up with  courses and their transfer equivalence to USM courses and requirements. Core equivalents are listed in the far right column.  If you click on the heading of this column the courses listed will sort by Core requirement.

These instructions are also available, with images, here.

If you need more information about how your credits will transfer to meet USM's Core, contact USM's Office of Transfer Affairs at (207) 780-5340 or heidin@maine.edu.