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Transfer Evaluation and Articulation Services

About TEA Team

The Transfer Evaluation and Articulation team (TEA) is dedicated to providing information and support to transfer students during the transfer credit & course evaluation process.  Our goal is to prepare students for success by helping them understand the transfer course credit process. We offer guidance and resources to prospective and incoming transfer students to facilitate a smoother transition to Morgan State University. 

Our services and resources include:

  • Review and completion of official evaluation of transfer credits & courses;
  • Specialized traditional and non-traditional credits, including, Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Exam Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES or DSST), foreign, American Counsel on Education (ACE), and military credits ( Joint Services Transcript, Community College of the Air Force or CCAF).
  • Monitoring and updating the articulation system for Maryland Colleges and Universities (ARTSYS), Transfer Evaluation System (TES), and Bear TrAP Transfer Portal as well as creating, maintaining and reviewing recommended transfer programs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU),  and Articulation Agreements.
  • Review MSU students permission to take a course of campus form;
  • Housing the Delta Gamma Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for transfer students; and,
  • Ensuring compliance with Maryland Higher Education Commission and Code of Maryland (COMAR) transfer policies.
Who is a Transfer Student?

Morgan State University welcomes applications from transfer students from two-year community colleges and four-year colleges and universities accredited by Maryland or a regional accrediting association. Students are expected to have a cumulative average of 2.0 from all colleges attended and be "in good standing" academically and financially at the last institution attended. In all cases, the transfer student must earn the last 30 credit hours toward the desired degree at the university as a full-time or part-time student. Students who previously attended any college, university or proprietary school since graduating from high school or earning their high school equivalency diploma are considered transfers. Morgan State University policy requires that all students who have attended college submit transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.

What are the Main Types of Transfer Credit Accepted at Morgan State University?

Morgan State University accepts up to 90 credits from all sources combined below toward the bachelor’s degree including:

  • Approved two-year community colleges (up to 70 credits),
  • Approved four-year colleges and universities,
  • Other higher education institutions with whom Morgan State University has a memorandum of understanding/agreement for acceptance of credit and/or a joint program,
  • Military occupational specialties and experience
    1. MSU grants credit for military experience and study completed in-service school on the basis of the recommendations by the American Council on Education (ACE) in its Guide to the‚Äč Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
  • Credit by Examination including:
    1. Excelsior College Examinations (formerly ACT/PEP and Regents),
    2. AP: Advanced Placement examinations administered by the College Board,
    3. CLEP: College-Level Examination Program - (maximum of 24 credits),
    4. DANTES or DSST: Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support examinations
  • IB: International Baccalaureate,
  • Non- accredited U.S. institutions based on a review of an appropriate credit evaluation:
    1. National institutional accrediting organizations including the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
    2. National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)

For more information and direct links to accepted sources of credit listed above please review our transfer credit policy.

What is Accreditation and Why is it Important?

Accreditation is the act of granting credit or recognition by a governing body of an educational institution. Accreditation is necessary to any educational institution to prove that it maintains suitable standards or quality. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted depending on the accreditation status of the college or university during the student's time of enrollment. Morgan State University requires an official transcript from each institution attended (including specialized credit, i.e., AP or CLEP score reports) to be sent to the university for review. If credits were not earned at a regionally accredited institution, please check with your home college to see if the credits will be accepted for transfer through another type of advanced standing credit.

What is the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process?

According to Morgan State University's policy and procedures, the TEA team identifies and shares general education transfer course articulations and equivalencies. Major and Minor courses are determined based on the School or College major or minor degree requirements. Once students are admitted as degree-seeking students and provided all copies of official college transcript(s) and specialized exam score report(s), transcripts will be evaluated and credit awarded based on the applicability of credit toward a Morgan State University degree.

What Transfer Credit Tools Are Available?

To maximize the awarding of transfer credit for prospective and current students, Morgan State University has launched a new online tool to make the transfer credit process transparent and accessible.

Bear TraP: Prospective Student Transfer Portal (coming soon)

Bear TraP - Visit our new undergraduate transfer portal for prospective students, a student guide to estimating how many course credits may transfer to your anticipated degree program at Morgan State University.  Students will have an opportunity to create an account to enter completed or anticipated courses taken at two-year or four-year universities and colleges and see how they would transfer to Morgan State.

Transfer Evaluation System (TES)

TES is a public course-to-course listing of equivalencies with some course descriptions sharing additional major and minor information, non-traditional and specialized transfer credit (i.e., ACE, military credits).  TES may be used by prospective and current Morgan State University students to obtain an unofficial indication of how courses from other resources may be accepted for transfer credit at Morgan State University. Equivalencies are updated and added continuously throughout the year as students, universities, and colleges present new courses. Current students may use TES for completing the permission to take an off-campus course form.

Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities (ARTSYS)

ARTSYS is intended to aid transfer students exclusively from Maryland community colleges to Morgan State University.

DegreeWorks Degree Works is available for undergraduate students who were initially admitted on or after Fall 2010 and beginning with the 2010-2013 Undergraduate Catalog. Degree Works is also available for graduate students admitted after Fall 2022 and beginning with the Fall 2022 graduate catalog.

Students should log into their Student Self Service/WebSIS account, select Student, and then select Degree Works to access Degree Works. Students who were admitted prior to Fall 2010 or under a catalog prior to the 2010-2013 Catalog should see their advisor for degree audit information.

If you have questions about the transfer evaluation process, which includes all services on this page at Morgan State University, please email

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