Transfer Planning Guide: Marquette Core Curriculum

The structure and content of the Marquette University Core Curriculum (MCC) consists of three course tiers: the foundations, discovery and culminating tiers. For transfer students, the number of credits required in the MCC will be based on the number of approved transfer credits earned by a student (excluding test credits). To learn more about the pedagogic theory behind the MCC, visit this page.

MCC Transfer Level

A student’s placement in one of the MCC transfer levels is based on the number of transferable credits awarded. The transfer credit level is determined by review of the official transcript(s) received and credit awarded for up to 30 days after the start of classes in the first term of enrollment at Marquette. If courses are in progress at the time of student’s initial course registration, the student, in consultation with an academic adviser, should consider the impact courses in progress may have on degree requirements. 

Freshmen and transfer students with 0-11 approved credits

All 30 MCC credits (including Writing Intensive and ESSV2)

Foundations Tier:

  • ENGL 1001
  • ESSV1 (e.g. SOCI 1001 or ANTH 1001)
  • PHIL 1001
  • THEO 1001
  • CORE 1929

Discovery Tier: 12 credits*

Culminating Tier: CORE 4929

Level 1: 12-23 approved credits

27 MCC credits

Foundations Tier:

  • ENGL 1001
  • ESSV1 or ESSV2
  • PHIL 1001
  • THEO 1001
  • CORE 1929

Discovery Tier: 9 credits*

Culminating Tier: CORE 4929

Level 2: 24-48 approved credits

18 MCC credits

Foundations Tier:

  • ENGL 1001
  • ESSV1 or ESSV2
  • PHIL 1001
  • THEO 1001
  • CORE 1929

Discovery Tier: none

Culminating Tier: CORE 4929

Level 3: 49 or more approved credits

12 MCC credits

Foundations Tier:

  • PHIL 1001
  • THEO 1001
  • CORE 1929

Discovery Tier: none

Culminating Tier: CORE 4929

Level 4: AA, AS, BA or BS degree completed

9 MCC credits

  • PHIL 1001
  • THEO 1001
  • CORE 4929

 

To read specific course descriptions or view complete MCC course options, please visit the Marquette Bulletin at this link.

*Writing Intensive Requirement (WRIT) - Students must complete a course that is designated "WRIT."  This requirement can be completed via one of their four Discovery Tier courses or through other degree requirements.

*The Discovery Tier courses required of new freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 24 approved credits consist of courses completed within a single theme. For this reason, we do not recommend scheduling courses prior to enrolling at Marquette with the intention of fulfilling Discovery Tier requirements. 

Additional Discovery Tier notes: 

  • Discovery Tier course requirements may be completed through degree requirements (i.e. within a major or minor, study abroad, etc.). 
  • After a year of study prior to transferring to Marquette, students with 24 approved credits may have fulfilled Discovery Tier requirements.
  • Discovery Tier themes vary every few years, making it difficult to plan for course approval before transferring to Marquette. 

Test Credits

Credits awarded through AP, IB or CLEP examinations may fulfill degree requirements, but are not included among the transfer level determination.

To submit official test score results that may satisfy degree (but not MCC) requirements, please have the testing agency send scores directly to Marquette. For information on transferring test credits, visit this page.