Senate Bill 997 established the Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum Act (Sections 178.785-789 RSMo), which directs the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to develop a standard core transfer curriculum and a common course numbering equivalency matrix for lower-division general education courses. The core transfer curriculum, known as CORE 42, is a framework for general education that all Missouri public two-and four-year institutions of higher education will adopt effective for the 2018-2019 academic year. The goal of the CORE 42 is to facilitate the seamless transfer of academic credits. The completion of the CORE 42 at any public institution of higher education will transfer to every other public institution of higher education in the state and substitute for the receiving institution’s general education requirement. Individual courses that comprise the CORE 42 are guaranteed to transfer one-to-one among all public (and participating independent) colleges and universities in Missouri.


The framework for Missouri’s CORE 42 is designed for students to obtain the basic competencies of Valuing, Managing Information, Communicating, and Higher-Order Thinking through the completion of at least 42-semester hours distributed across the broad Knowledge Areas of Communications, Humanities & Fine Arts, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Students obtain the competencies through completion of the CORE 42 in its entirety.


The Course Transfer Tracker was developed to allow students, parents, and other interested parties to see how general education courses will transfer to other public colleges and universities in Missouri.  The Course Transfer Tracker is located on the MDHE Journey to College website. 


Welcome to the following independent institutions who have signed on to the CORE 42 for the 2019-2020 academic year:  Central Methodist University, Missouri Baptist University, Avila University, and St. Luke's College of Health Sciences! 



NEW! Academic Year 2020-2021


March 1-May 31, 2019

Now accepting recommendations for new MOTR courses for Academic Year 2020-2021!

Please submit signed forms, syllabi (if necessary), and any other pertinent documents to be considered to:


Other Important Dates:

April 15, 2019:  Submission begins for new courses or existing course changes for faculty discipline group review for AY 20-21

August 19, 2019:  New MOTR courses posted to CORE 42 website

October 15, 2019:  Last day for all submissions for faculty discipline group review

January 20, 2020:  Final approved course database posted for AY 2020-21


Academic Year 2019-2020


The approved institutional course database will be posted on April 1, 2019.







Academic Year 2018-2019



This database contains the list of institution courses and assigned MOTR numbers in the CORE 42. These courses are considered final for academic year 2018-2019.










Please contact Angelette Prichett, Director of Academic Programs and Initiatives, at or (573) 522-2150 for more information about CORE 42.