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Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)

The Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) provides a one-year curriculum for students who plan to transfer to a state of Oregon two-year or four-year college/university of higher education. The module allows students to complete one year of general education foundation course work that will apply to the transfer of an Oregon University System (OUS) institution and meet the admission standards of that transfer institution. Completion of the OTM qualifies the student for sophomore standing at an Oregon University System university.

Any student awarded an Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) will have met the requirement for the Transfer Module at any Oregon community college or institution in the Oregon University System. The OTM is neither a certificate nor a degree. It is, however, transcript visible. The OTM documents that a student has met a subset of the common general education requirements at all Oregon community colleges and Oregon University System institutions.

View the OTM Policy or the OTM FAQs.

Requirements for the Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)

Students should work closely with an academic advisor to ensure selection of appropriate course work.

Upon transfer, students may be required to complete additional course work in general education (at Oregon State University the transferred courses will be applied to the required Baccalaureate Core), as well as academic major requirements. [Note: The Oregon State University Baccalaureate Core requires 48 credit hours along with the completion of a Writing Intensive Course. Students who transfer prior to the completion of the Oregon Transfer Module will have their courses evaluated by the receiving institution.]

General Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 45 credit hours.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the OTM is awarded.

Transferring to Oregon State University with an OTM

Students transferring to Oregon State University with an OTM from another institution will have met most of the general education requirements of the Baccalaureate Core. [Note: The OSU minimum requirement for the Baccalaureate Core is 48 credit hours and a 3 credit hour Writing Intensive Course. In addition, a fitness course (3 credit hours) and Synthesis courses (6 upper division credit hours) are required.]

Students who transfer an OTM to Oregon State University will be granted completion of the following Baccalaureate Core (general education) requirement areas:

  • OSU Skills Courses (OTM Foundational Skills)
    • Writing I and II: Two college level composition courses
    • Writing III: Oral communication
    • Mathematics: College level mathematics
  • OSU Perspective Courses (OTM Introduction to the Disciplines)
    • Literature and the Arts
    • Western Culture
    • Social Processes and Institutions
    • Biological or Physical Science with Laboratory

All other courses within an earned OTM will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Earning an OTM at Oregon State University

Students wishing to complete an OTM from Oregon State University must
complete a minimum of 45 credits of lower division courses in the areas
outlined below with a grade of C- or better and must have a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the OTM is posted on the transcript. Course list for earning an OTM at Oregon State University.

One additional course as required to bring the total credits to 45. The course may be from any of the Introduction to Disciplines areas (Arts and Letter, Social Science, or Science/Math/Computer Science)