The Missouri Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum is a lower-division core curriculum of forty-two semester credit hours intended to facilitate student transfer among Missouri schools. It is a statewide general education course of study intended to ensure that all graduates possess a common core of college-level skills and knowledge. CORE 42 was initially intended to facilitate student transfer of academic credits and general education completion among participating Missouri institutions of higher education. Effective Fall 2019, Missouri Western State University is using this approved statewide general education curriculum for all transfer students.

Who qualifies for CORE 42?

Missouri Western embraces the principle of seamless transfer for all students and has determined that any student who has attended another college or university after high school graduation and whose first term at Missouri Western is subsequent to this attendance will be placed on the CORE 42 general education curriculum.

How does the CORE 42 program work?

Once a student applies for admission to MWSU and is identified as CORE 42 eligible their student record will be coded appropriately. The student’s degree audit on Griffon GPS will reflect the CORE 42 general education curriculum and transfer courses which meet requirements will show as complete. When CORE 42 general education courses have all been completed (and the last class in the curriculum was earned at MWSU), a “General Education Met” statement will be placed on the student’s MWSU transcript.

What courses are included in the CORE 42 general education curriculum?

CORE 42 courses are distributed across five knowledge areas and transfer coursework is evaluated to fit appropriately within these areas.

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Written and Oral Communications
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts

Approved courses from Missouri schools are designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) course number, which guarantees a one-to-one transfer among all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

Missouri Western MOTR courses are identified within the course description in the university catalog and within the semester schedule www.missouriwestern.edu/schedule. MOTR courses from other Missouri schools can be found at https://dhe.mo.gov/core42.php.

Can I opt-in to CORE 42?

Any student who was considered a transfer student upon initial entry to Missouri Western or a degree-seeking student who returned to MWSU after a one or more semester layout (with credit hours attempted at another institution after high school graduation) has the option to opt-in to CORE 42. This is a one-time option and must be completed prior to your final semester. You may complete a “What-If” audit through Griffon GPS to help identify which general studies curriculum is in your best interest (What If; Catalog Year=current; Program=General Education; Major=CORE42 or MWSU). Questions may be directed to your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office.

Can I opt-out of the CORE 42 curriculum and instead comply with MWSU general education requirements?

Once a student’s record is coded as CORE 42 eligible there is a one-time option of opting-out of the program. Ideally, this should be done during your first semester at Missouri Western so that you are on the correct path for general studies completion, but must be completed by the time you have earned 90 credit hours (senior status). You may complete a “What-If” audit through Griffon GPS to help identify which general studies curriculum is in your best interest (What If; Catalog Year=current; Program=General Education; Major=CORE42 or MWSU). Questions may be directed to your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office.

How do I appeal a transfer equivalency decision CORE 42?

Missouri Western will make every effort to apply transfer courses appropriately within the Knowledge Areas. If you have question about a particular course you have transferred and why it did or did not apply to the general education curriculum please contact the Transfer Evaluation Coordinator in the Admissions Office at tmillis@missouriwestern.edu or (816) 271-4307. Further appeals may be made to the Assistant Director of Admissions – Operations, or the Admissions & Graduation Committee through the Registrar’s Office.

CORE 42 Additional Information and Resources

Admissions Office at (816) 271-4266, Eder Hall 101
Registrar’s Office at (816) 271-4211, Eder Hall 102