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Welcome Faculty/Staff!

This page has been created with your needs in mind. If you are searching for course equivalencies or have general questions regarding transfer, you should find your answers here. Please contact us if there is information you would find helpful if added to our site. We want to make certain that we are meeting your needs.

Be sure to click on the tabs to the left to learn information about various topics including:

  • Policies and Procedures: View important policies and procedures

  • Articulation Resources: Information on Articulation Agrreements, Sample MOUs, Regional Centers, etc.

  • Reports: View transfer reports and presentations

  • Contacts : View Institution Contacts and Links to various state offices

  • Other Resources : View other important links and informatoin

  • Glossary:: Understand common transfer and articulation terms

Policies and Procedures

Here are links to a couple of important policies and procedures.

COMAR Regulations (Maryland Office of the Secretary of State)

Maryland Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers' Guiding Principles


Articulation Agreements and Alliances

Articulation Agreements are individual agreements in academic disciplines, between various institutions. In most cases, a 2-year institution and a 4-year institution enter into an articulation agreement to smooth the transfer of students in a particular major. In choosing an articulation agreement, students enroll in specific courses, and transfer to a particular institution. Courses taken as part of an articulation agreement may not be transferable outside of that major, or be part of a course of study at a different institution. It is advisable that students work with an academic advisor before pursing an outlined agreement.

The University of Maryland, University College has established Alliance agreements with a majority of the community colleges in the state. An alliance agreement is both an academic and enrollment management tool, and allows students the opportunity to apply, be admitted, and take courses concurrently. For more information, and to see a list of Alliance agreements, please view the UMUC home page. Other institutions in Maryland are establishing similar agreements, the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Baltimore, and Towson University to name a few.

Other Resources

Statewide Disciplinary Meetings

Computer Science

The Computer Science Faculty meet twice a year, to discuss issues related to curriculum and content. Representatives from two-year, and four-year institutions engage in conversations concerning programming languages, course content, educational pathways, degrees and graduation rates, and requirements for transferring. More information can be found at the Computer Science website.

Information Systems

In conjunction with Computer Science, Information Systems faculty meet twice a year to discuss course content and educational outcomes. More information can be found at the Information Systems website

Criminal Justice

Faculty from the Criminal Justice working group have established an optional statewide agreement concerning the outcomes and content of Introduction to Criminal Justice, and practices related to credits obtained via, or with, the Maryland Police Academy. Click here for a copy of the Criminal Justice Articulation agreement.

Teacher Education

As part of the Associate of Art in Teaching degree, faculty have been in various stages to develop curriculums and outcomes for different fields in education. For information on each of these, please visit the Maryland K-16 site.


The Univeristy System of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (USM/MACC) are working together to bring 2 year and 4 year faculty together to discuss course articulation and other issues relevant to student transfer and student success. Biology is one of the three areaa specifically a part of this project.


As part of the USM/MACC transfer initiatives, Business faculty will meet at least once each semester to discuss issues relevant to articulation, general education and student success. Successful articulation agreements will be shared to encourage the development of agreements between additional institutions.


In an effort to foster continued conversation between the 2 year and 4 year institutions, USM/MACC articulation project has included Psychology as one if the three disciplines to examine closely with regard to general education and articulation. Faculty will meet at least once a semester and report to the higher education community on the successes and changes as a result of increased communication.

Glossary of Terms

+ Articulation

The smooth transition of students between segments of education.

+ Articulation Agreement

An agreement entered into between two institutions that may outline course equivalencies, admissions requirements, or recommended courses to study.

+ Associate Degree

Degree awarded for the completion of at least 60 credits of work that typically includes General Education Requirements, major program of study requirements, and electives. Community colleges and two-year private and proprietary colleges generally award the associate degree.

+ Bachelor Degree

Degree awarded for the completion of at least 120 credits of work that typically includes General Education Requirements, major program of study requirements, and electives. Four-year public, private, and proprietary colleges and universities generally award the bachelor degree.

+ Concentration

An optional plan of study under an academic major. This may be a more specialized curriculum, with an emphasis on a specific part of the overall major. For example, a student majoring in English may have a concentration in writing or literature

+ Course Equivalency

A course at a community college that equates to a course offered at a four year institution. For example, PSYC100 (Introduction to Psychology) may be equivalent to PSY100 (Foundation of Psychology) at the four year institution.

+ Course Description

Information about a course, usually published in the course catalog. It usually includes the course number, name, and a brief description.

+ Course Evaluation

The information about how a course relates to other courses. It answer's the question, "How does this course transfer?"

+ Credits

Academic units earned what a course is successfully completed. Credits are usually in 3 or 4 semester hours. Most associate degree programs are 60 - 64 credits, and most baccalaureate degrees are 120 credits. A full time semester is 12 credits.

+ Electives

Courses that satisfy optional credits, and those not associated with major credit, or general education credit. Students often take these courses out in interest.

+ Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The document used to apply for financial aid. It is available on the web, at . The form should be completed for each year a student is enrolled in higher education.

+ Financial Aid

The money awarded to a student to help pay for education. It is based on completion of the FAFSA form. The Aid may be in the form of a loan, scholarship of work-study.

+ Freshman

A student who begins in higher education with less then 12 credits.

+ Full Time Student

Students enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester.

+ General Education Requirements

Academic courses that provide for a broad range of learning outcomes, designed to graduate a well rounded and educated student population. These courses include science, social sciences, English, communications, arts, humanities, health, or others. These courses must be completed by all students graduating from a public institution in Maryland. Consult your institutions catalog for a list of applicable general education courses.

+ Grade Point Average (GPA)

A numerical assessment of a student's cumulative academic performance, often expressed on a scale of 4.0.

+ Humanities

Academic disciplines that study the human condition such as history, philosophy, religion, modern languages and the performing arts are typically considered humanities. Most social science subjects are also considered humanities.

+ Lower Level Electives

A freshman- or sophomore- level course (100 or 200 level) that provides credit towards the completion of an academic program, but does not satisfy a General Education of Major requirement.

+ Major

The academic discipline a student wishes to receive a degree in. For example, Biology, Sociology, Elementary Education, or Social Work.

+ Matriculated Student

A full- or part-time student accepted to pursue study towards a degree by a college or university

+ Minor

An academic major that a student may pursue, in addition to the major. Often a smaller number of courses, this may be an area that compliments a major area, or that ensures interdisciplinary outcomes.

+ Non-Matriculated Student

A student who has not been accepted into a degree program by a college or university, but who is allowed to enroll in courses.

+ Non-Transferable Courses

Courses offered that do not transfer to another institution. Often, this applies to developmental courses in English, Reading or Mathematics, vocational courses, or in academic disciplines not offered at the receiving institution.

+ Prerequisite

A course or courses that must be taken prior to enrollment in the next-level course. For example, PSYC101 may be a prerequisite for PSYC221.

+ Receiver Institution

The institution from which a student is transferring to, often a four year college or university.

+ Recommend Transfer Program (RTP)

RTP's outline the first two years of an academic program. These are the courses a student should take at a community college, to successfully transfer to a four year institution. In doing so, they will have taken the same courses as a student who started at the receiving institution as a freshman

+ Semester

The academic term, usually a 14 - 16 week period, between September and December, and February and May.

+ Sender Institution

The institution from which a student is transferring, in most cases a Community College.

+ Transcript

An official document displaying courses, grades, GPA and information concerning academic courses completed, credits transferred, or credit exams taken.

+ Transfer Student

Any student who moves from one institution to another, who goes through the application process, and has at least 12 credits at the institution.

+ Transferable Courses

Courses that can move between institutions. These courses may be awarded credit at the receiving institution as a major course or a lower level elective.

+ Upper Division

Courses designated as junior or senior level, usually as 300 or 400 level courses. Primarily, these courses satisfy credit towards an academic major or minor.

+ Upper Division

Courses designated as junior or senior level, usually as 300 or 400 level courses. Primarily, these courses satisfy credit towards an academic major or minor.

The University System of Maryland Office maintains the ARTSYS program and updates the database on a daily basis.