How Do I Transfer to MSUM?

  • Whether you're transferring from a community college, technical school or another university, the information found on this page is a quick "how-to" guide that can help answer your questions throughout the process.

  • Experience our welcoming campus community by scheduling a campus visit through the self-service center. Get your questions answered and learn about our campus by meeting with Financial Aid, Faculty, and your Admissions Representative.

    Visit Transferology to see how your courses may transfer to MSUM.

    If you’ve completed an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) at a regionally accredited institution, you will likely have completed your Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum at MSUM.

    There may also be an articulation agreement between MSU Moorhead and your two-year school for your major program.

    Once accepted, we will complete an official transfer credit evaluation (Degree Audit Report).

    Submit an application in the final semester at your transfer institution or preferably three months prior to the start of the term you’re applying for. Previously submitted applications cannot be pushed to a future term. If you’ve applied for a past term but did not attend, you must complete a new application.

    To be admitted to MSU Moorhead, you must meet the following requirements:

    • Successfully earned a high school diploma or GED
    • Completed at least 24 academic semester credit hours or 36 academic quarter hour credits from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA


    If you have completed fewer than 24 academic semester credit hours, you must provide both your college and high school official transcripts, including ACT or SAT scores, to determine admission eligibility. If your GPA is less than 2.0, you will be denied admission.

    MSU Moorhead recognizes and upholds academic suspensions from other post-secondary institutions. If you are under suspension from another institution, you will not be considered for admission until two academic terms have passed since the suspension. Summer session does not count as a term.

    You may apply for admission to MSU Moorhead before you complete your studies at another college. You will, however, need to submit a final transcript before enrollment. We reserve the right to revoke admission to students who, after final grades are received, do not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA.

    To ensure a timely admission decision, please send all application materials, including in progress transcripts, at time of application.

    In order for your application to be processed you must submit the following in addition to an application for an upcoming academic term:

    • All official transcripts from any college or university you’ve previously been enrolled at (including credits from high school) at least one month to the start of the term you’re applying for. Transcripts from a school in the Minnesota State system do not need to be sent because they will be automatically downloaded.
    • $20 non-refundable application fee (pay online at time of application submission or by calling business services at 218.477.2221 ext. 1)
    • If you have fewer than 24 semester college credits or 36 quarter college credits completed when you apply, send an official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores. If you’ve completed fewer than 60 semester credits you may have to send an official high school transcript for financial aid purposes.

    If transcripts are not in the same name as the application (due to a legal name change), it is your responsibility to have the name corrected on the transcripts so that the application and transcripts can be linked.

    Once we have received all application materials, your application will be processed within 10 business days. You’ll be notified via email and mail once a decision has been made.

    You can check the status of your application by logging into the Self Service Center or by contacting your Admissions Representative.

    Congratulations! We are so excited for you to continue your studies with us. We have everything you need to get you off to a good start.

    • Check out the New Student Checklist for next steps
    • Sign up for New Student Orientation where you’ll work with an advisor to register for your first semester of courses.
    • To ensure all of your credits are evaluated and transferred, be sure to send your final official transcript before you attend your registration session.
    • Maintain course registration by making a financial commitment to the university at least 15 days prior to the start of the semester. Inability to do so will result in dismissal from your registered courses.

    We encourage you to appeal the decision so we can get to know a little more about you and to help us put your life circumstances in perspective.

    • Complete the Admission Appeal Form
      If you’re denied admission you can appeal your decision by submitting two letters of recommendation and an appeal form though the Self Service Center. If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Admissions Representative.
    • Get Started at M State
      We encourage students who are not yet admissible to MSU Moorhead to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College, (M State) or another community college to improve your academic standing. When you are ready to transfer, please submit a new application for admission.
      Our partnership with M State provides a seamless transfer process and the opportunity to live on MSUM’s campus as you’re attending M State, Moorhead.

    Complete or update your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year (available October 2016). Visit for more info or contact MSUM’s Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid MSUM’s FAFSA code: 2367


    • Transfer students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible for automatic scholarships.
    • Apply for competitive scholarships at MSUM. If you have declared a major, be sure to check with your department. Don’t forget to look at the scholarships available in your community.

    Please contact us if you have questions about anything throughout the admission process. See who your Admission Representative is by logging into the Self Service Center.

    You can always contact us by calling or emailing the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.