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Ohio Transfer Module (OTM)

The Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) is a subset or a complete set of general education requirements at Ohio public colleges and universities. OTM courses are guaranteed to transfer to any of Ohio's public institutions of higher education as an area credit, as well as equivalent courses in English and Mathematics. The Ohio Transfer Module represents a common body of knowledge and academic skills. The OTM is comprised of 36-40 semester hours of courses in the following areas:

  • English Composition/Oral Communication
  • Mathematics, Statistics & Logic
  • Natural & Physical Sciences
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Arts & Humanities

The Ohio Department of Higher Education's Articulation and Transfer Policy established the Ohio Transfer Module, which may be a subset or the entire set of a public higher education institution's general education curriculum in Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) and baccalaureate degree programs. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual Ohio Transfer Module courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire Transfer Module. The Ohio Transfer Module contains 36-40 semester or 54-60 quarter hours of course credit in English composition (minimum of 3 semester or 5 quarter hours); mathematics, statistics and logic (minimum of 3 semester or 3 quarter hours); arts and humanities (minimum of 6 semester or 9 quarter hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 6 semester or 9 quarter hours); and natural sciences (minimum of 6 semester or 9 quarter hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Ohio Transfer Module. Courses for the Ohio Transfer Module should be 100- and 200-level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student's course of study. Each public university and technical and community college is required to establish and maintain an approved Ohio Transfer Module.

Ohio Transfer Module course(s) or the full module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of individual Ohio Transfer Module course(s) or the full Ohio Transfer Module at another college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional general education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. For example, a student who completes the Ohio Transfer Module at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Ohio Transfer Module portion of Institution R's general education program. Institution R, however, may have general education courses that go beyond its Ohio Transfer Module. State policy initially required that all courses in the Ohio Transfer Module be completed to receive its benefit in transfer. However, subsequent policy revisions have extended this benefit to the completion of individual Ohio Transfer Module courses on a course-by-course basis.

A complete list of approved OTM courses for Sinclair can be viewed at:

  • Last Revised: 12/13/2021