Transfer Plans

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For additional information and possible next steps, please refer to the following information:

  • If you are considering transferring to GVSU, please visit our Transfer Admissions resource page for all the information you need to get started.
  • For information on how your courses transfer to GVSU, please review the Course Equivalencies online.
  • If you decide to transfer to GVSU prior to completing your Associates Degree, you should consider taking advantage of the reverse transfer agreement we have with all Michigan community colleges.
  • Our online catalog provides a wealth of information on GVSU's academic programs, policies and procedures, course descriptions, etc.
  • Each college at GVSU has an academic advising center that serves specific majors in that college. If you have specific questions about program requirements, you could contact the advising center to seek additional information.
  • Each academic department at GVSU provides additional information about specific programs of study and links to important resources. You may access a comprehensive list here.
  • Our Career Center provides comprehensive support and resources for all students at GVSU. It is recommended that you connect with the counselors there as soon as you transition to GVSU.
  • The Career Guides by Major allow students to investigate possible career or graduate/professional school opportunities based on specific programs of study.

Transfer plans are meant to provide you with a suggested outline of courses for your respective academic interest. They are simply a guide while you attend community college. If you have additional questions regarding the content of this transfer plan, please contact the GVSU Admissions & Recruitment Office by phone at 616-331-2025 or by email at [email protected].


Grand Rapids Community College

Program Guide for Music

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
MUS 113 3
MUS 115 1
MUS 121 1
MTA approved MA course 4
MUS 195 or 196 or 197 1
EN 101 3
Elective 3
Total 16

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
MUS 114 3
MUS 251 3
MUS 116 1
MUS 122 1
EN 102 3
Global Perspective elective 3
Science elective 3
Total 17

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
MUS 213 3
MUS 215 1
MUS 252 3
Social Science elective 3
MUS 221 1
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Total 14

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
MUS 214 3
MUS 216 1
Social Science elective 3
MUS 222 1
Science lab elective 4
Humanities elective 3
Total 15


  • Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours at Grand Valley, which include at least eight hours in applied music, three hours in major ensembles, and nine additional hours in music to be determined by the advisor.
  • Degrees offered: B.A., B.M., and B.M.E.
  • Each applicant will be required to arrange a personal audition with the Music Department.
  • All students will be required to take a theory placement exam and a keyboard placement exam.
  • All majors must fulfill the department recital and Music Major Seminar attendance requirements, fulfill the keyboard musicianship requirements, and perform one or two faculty-approved recitals, as appropriate to the degree program selected.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer agreement (MTA). Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Social science electives must be taken from different disciplines.  Humanities elective must be a non-MUS course.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Global Perspectives electives:    Please see general education  guide for list of approved courses
  • U.S. Diversity electives:   Please see general education  guide for list of approved courses
  • For students planning to pursue K-12 teacher certification in Music (B.M.E.) at GVSU, MUS 183 should also be taken at GRCC.  It will transfer to GVSU as MUS 200.

Students completing the Associate of Music or Associate of Arts - Music major at GRCC should note that there are additional GRCC applied music ( and ensemble ( degree requirements in order to earn the Associate of Music at GRCC.

Please refer to for information on GVSU course equivalencies Associates of Music or Associates of Arts - Music