Core Transfer Curriculum (CORE 42)

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Core Transfer Curriculum (CORE 42)

The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) has developed a standard core transfer curriculum and a common course numbering equivalency matrix for lower-division general education courses. This core curriculum is known as CORE 42. All Missouri public two and four-year institutions of higher education have adopted CORE 42 to facilitate the seamless transfer of coursework.

CORE 42 courses are designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) course number that guarantees one-to-one transfer of these courses to all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

To identify MACC’s CORE 42 courses:

CORE 42 Transfer Guidelines

  • Students who complete the Associate of Arts degree at a Missouri community college and transfer to a Missouri public university shall have completed all lower-division general education requirements at the receiving institution. Students shall receive full credit, including any prerequisites or requirements in the major, for all MOTR courses transferred. The receiving institution cannot require the student to take additional lower-division general education courses. A student may, however, have to take additional lower-division courses to fulfill program or institutional requirements.

  • Students who complete the CORE 42 at any public institution shall be considered as having completed all lower-division general education requirements at a receiving institution. Students shall receive full credit, including any prerequisites or requirements in the major, for all MOTR courses transferred. The receiving institution cannot require the student take any additional lower-division general education courses. A student may, however, have to take additional lower-division courses to fulfill program or institutional requirements.

  • Students who do not complete either the Associate of Arts or the CORE 42 shall receive credit at a receiving institution for each MOTR course completed at a sending institution. Students shall receive full credit, including any prerequisites or requirements in the major, for all MOTR courses transferred. After receiving credit for MOTR courses, the student shall complete the CORE 42 at the receiving institution.

Core 42 Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q: What if I’m transferring to a private institution in Missouri?

A: Many private institutions have decided to become signatory institution, which indicates that they will adhere to all CORE 42 policies.

Q: What if I’m transferring to an out-of-state institution?

A: The CORE 42 is only applicable in Missouri. Out-of-state institutions will evaluate your credits on a course-by-course basis.

Q: Will new courses be added to the CORE 42?

A: New courses will be added each academic year.

Q: A course at my institution has a different number of credit hours than the receiving institution? How are different credit hour differences handled in the CORE 42?

A: In some disciplines, particularly the sciences and foreign language, there are courses with different credit hour designations that are identified as equivalent. Institutions across the state will continue to work to create consistency in these areas.

Q: How do I fill the five credit hours of MOTR courses?

A: Any MOTR course in any knowledge area can be used to satisfy the five credit hours. Credits earned beyond the minimum in a particular knowledge are count toward these five hours (for example, if you complete 12 credit hours of Humanities and Fine Arts MOTR courses, nine credits will satisfy the Humanities and Fine Arts requirement and the remaining three credit hours will count toward the five hours).