Massachusetts Community College Transfer Guarantee

We offer guaranteed admission to qualified transfers from Massachusetts community colleges, in accordance with the Massachusetts Guarantee. The MA Guarantee is a transfer partnership between MA community colleges and participating four-year colleges and universities. Eligible community college graduates are able to transfer seamlessly—admission guaranteed!

Suffolk University partners with the Massachusetts Independent College Transfer Guarantee, which makes it easier for graduates of Massachusetts community colleges to enroll in four-year independent institutions.


To take advantage of this special program, you need to:

  • Complete a Massachusetts associate degree program and transfer to a related course of study at Suffolk
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA*

*If applying for Art & Design, a portfolio is required

What you do NOT need to send us:

  • An application fee
  • An essay
  • Recommendations

General Education Foundation

If you’ve completed the MassTransfer General Education Foundation, you’ll have already met Suffolk’s general education requirements. The Sawyer Business School does have a separate Business core curriculum to complete, which is not part of the Gen. Ed. Foundation. Suffolk University may require up to an additional two courses toward the general education and core requirements.

For students interested in Business, Suffolk recommends the Associates in Business-Transfer option for cleaner transfer of credits.

Please note, the MA Guarantee does not apply to the following programs: Radiation Therapy and Art and Design majors. Students applying to these programs should connect directly with Daniel Connolly, Director of Transfer Admission to discuss the program requirements and individual eligibility.

How to Apply

Complete Suffolk University’s Guaranteed Admission Application.

Merit Awards

If you have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, you’re guaranteed a Dean’s Scholarship or University Achievement Grant. This merit scholarship grants you at least 33 percent off Suffolk tuition (a minimum of $15,000).


The following community colleges participate in the Massachusetts Guarantee program:

  • Berkshire
  • Bristol
  • Bunker Hill
  • Cape Cod
  • Greenfield
  • Holyoke
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • Massasoit
  • Middlesex
  • Mount Wachusett
  • North Shore
  • Northern Essex
  • Quinsigamond
  • Roxbury
  • Springfield Technical

Please contact Suffolk’s Massachusetts Transfer Guarantee Coordinator with any questions or for more information:

Daniel Connolly
Director of Transfer Admission