Manning School of Business

Undergraduate Transfer Rules

The Manning School of Business welcomes transfer students from Massachusetts community colleges and other regionally accredited institutions to the BSBA program. All MSB students including transfer students from other accredited institutions and from other colleges of University of Massachusetts Lowell initially enter the BSBA program as Business Administration students. After completing the filter courses, students apply to be admitted to the upper division and to declare a concentration according to the upper-division admission policies stated in section III. Students entering UMass Lowell with an associate degree may apply to be admitted directly to the upper division. Transfer students who have not earned an associate degree and transfer more than 45 credits toward the BSBA program may apply to be admitted to the MSB upper division after completion of the filter courses. All students must complete at least 60 academic credits in residence at University of Massachusetts Lowell subject to exceptions specified in this catalogue.

Transfers from:

 A. Transfer From Other Institutions

Students transferring to the Manning School of Business from any program not included in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, with or without an associate degree, must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.500/4.000. Students may not transfer any course in which they earned a grade of less than C- (1.700 on a 4.000 scale). Courses at a level below the first MSB requirements, such as algebra or the first semester of a two semester precalculus sequence, are not transferable.  Only Business Courses taken at other AACSB accredited institutions may transfer as upper division (junior and senior level) MSB courses.

Transfer from Massachusetts Community Colleges

Students transferring with an Associate in Science, Business Transfer Option, from a member of the Commonwealth Transfer Compact can transfer all courses up to a maximum of sixty-six (66) credits. Although all transferred courses are listed on the student’s transcript, due to differences in program requirements of different institutions, some courses may not apply to minimum degree requirements of the Manning School of Business. Courses at a level below the first COM requirements, such as algebra or the first semester of a two-semester precalculus sequence, are examples of such courses. However, the student transferring with an associate degree, Business Transfer Option, will be eligible to take upper level courses in the College of Management subject to the stated prerequisites for each course. Courses taught by the School as part of its upper division core that are not acceptable for transfer may be validated by departmental exam. Courses that are equivalent to courses taught by the School in the upper division (junior and senior level) which are not a part of the COM core requirements cannot be used to satisfy the minimum degree requirements of the BSBA degree in the Manning School of Business. Students transferring to the Manning School of Business with an associate degree are prohibited by University policy from pursuing further off-campus study.

B. Intercollegiate Transfer

Intercollegiate transfer students to the Manning School of Business must be in good standing and have completed at least 15 credits at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Upon acceptance, students will be listed as Business Administration (BA) and will usually be permitted to enroll only in lower division courses.

The transfer request is normally initiated by the students and is submitted to the Manning School of Business. Students must submit a completed change of major form obtained from the Office of Enrollment Services, the Office of the Dean of the School, or any department in the School.

University of Massachusetts Lowell students intending to apply for intercollegiate transfer to the College of Management should do so preferably before completing 60 credits (prior to completing the sophomore year). This will minimize delays in completing their educational objectives since MSB upper division courses are restricted to juniors and seniors in the College of Management with appropriate prerequisites who have been admitted to upper division according to rules stated in Section III of the Policies for Undergraduate Admissions.

The Manning School of Business reserves the right to limit intercollegiate transfer activity if student enrollment capacities are met. 

C. Transfer from Other MSB Departments

Once admitted to the Manning School of Business upper division program, students can choose to enroll in any concentration within MSB. Depending on the number of unrestricted electives available in the curriculum of the concentration students are entering and the number of credits completed by the students at the time of transfer, some courses may not be usable in the students’ new program, requiring students to take courses above and beyond the University’s minimum graduation credit requirements. All courses stay on the students’ transcripts at the University and are included in the determination of the cumulative grade point average as specified by University policies. Students shall not be permitted more than two intercollegiate transfers.