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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Transfer to Another Faculty

General Academic Requirements

All Applicants

Your academic record will continue to be relevant in your new plan. In particular, the cumulative GPA will be calculated on all courses attempted during the your undergraduate career at Queen's, and will be used when assessing academic progression, prerequisites, and any other purpose specified under the Academic Regulations.

First-Year Applicants are defined as students who have attempted fewer than 24.0 units; failures are considered attempted units.

Upper-Year Applicants are defined as students who have attempted 24.0 or more units; failures are considered attempted units.

Please refer to our Transfer Credits page for an explanation of the transfer credit assessment process.

Internal Transfer to the Faculty of Arts and Science

Applicants wishing to transfer to the Faculty of Arts and Science:

  1. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.60
  2. Must satisfy appropriate departmental criteria that may exceed these minimums
  3. Those interested in a Bachelor of Science program must also have taken the secondary school (or equivalent) prerequisite courses

Upper-Year Applicants indicate their intended degree program and plan. Due to space limitations, not all plans are open to students transferring into the Faculty of Arts and Science. After being admitted to an open plan, upper-year transfer students will not be able to transfer into a plan that was closed when they were admitted to Queen’s, or that closes subsequently. This is the case even for those who take a qualifying course once at Queen’s and receive a competitive average.

Should student have attempted 132.0 units or more and have a cumulative GPA of less than 1.90 at the point of admission, or subsequently complete 132.0 units and have a GPA of less than 1.90, then student will be deemed ineligible to proceed to an Honours degree and will be restricted to a General degree only. This decision is not appealable. More information is available on Academic Regulation 13.8.1.

Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 1.60 should speak with an Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Arts and Science to inquire about available options.

Your academic record will continue to be relevant in your new plan. In particular, the cumulative GPA will be calculated on all courses attempted during the student's undergraduate career at Queen's, and will be used when assessing academic progression and prerequisites, and any other purpose specified under the Academic Regulations. Courses that were not passed in your previous program will count as failures in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Once admitted on SOLUS, students should drop any of the previous program courses that they no longer wish to take.

Learn more about Arts and Science degree plans…

Learn more about internal transfers to the Faculty of Arts and Science…

The Smith School of Business

Application Deadline: June 1

Applications must be submitted through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) using a 105D Application.

Students in other faculties or schools at Queen's University may be considered as upper-year applicants to the Smith School of Business. There are very few spaces available; consequently, students need to have a minimum GPA of 3.3 (high B standing) on 24.0 or more units to be competitive for admission consideration.

Prerequisite Information:

  • Calculus at either the senior high school or university level is a prerequisite. There are no other specific university course prerequisites.

  • When selecting upper-year students, Smith School of Business seeks candidates who are well prepared academically and who, through their variety of interests, experience, and capabilities, can contribute to and benefit from a stimulating intellectual climate and can function effectively in business organizations after graduation. In short, the School seeks the same qualities in its students as business seeks in our graduates: bright, well-rounded individuals.

  • As part of the application, a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) is required and is intended to give the selection committee a broader picture of accomplishments than is possible by marks alone. This will appear as an item on the To Do list in your Student Center (accessible through SOLUS). You will find a link to the PSE system on your Student Center page. The deadline for receipt of all supporting documentation is June 15.

  • Candidates for admission with advanced standing will be considered as a group in mid-July and offers of admission are sent as soon as possible after that date.

Due to the late date when decisions are made and the limited number of available spaces, applicants are advised to participate in the preregistration process of their current program.

Internal Transfer to the School of Computing

Queen's Engineering, Commerce or Nursing students who wish to transfer to a degree program offered in the School of Computing will be first-year or upper-year admission based on the number of their attempted units. Those who have attempted at least 24.0 units of credits are considered for upper-year admission, and those with fewer than 24.0 units are first-year admission. Please note: failures are considered attempted units.

Queen's Engineering, Commerce, Nursing or Distance Studies students who wish to transfer to a Computing degree program must submit an application through Queen's Online Application. Please note: Computing only accepts students to a summer term start.

Current Arts and Science on-campus students who wish to remain in the Faculty of Arts and Science, but change their program to Computing should contact their faculty office for information on how to request those changes.

Applicants must state one of the following concentrations on the application form: Computing, Computer Science, Biomedical Computing, Cognitive Science, Computing and Mathematics, or Software Design.

Eligibility Criteria

Both first-year and upper-year applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.60
  • Must also have taken a university-preparatory Mathematics course at the secondary school level (or equivalent)

Upper-year applicants must meet these additional requirements:

  • Must have completed 3.0 units of CISC 101, achieving a grade of B or higher
  • Should note that having a cumulative GPA of less than 1.90 will make them ineligible for graduation with an Honours degree
  • Should the applicant have attempted 132.0 units or more and have a cumulative GPA of less than 1.90 at the point of admission, or subsequently complete 132.0 units and have a GPA of less than 1.90, then the applicant will be deemed ineligible to proceed to an Honours degree and will be restricted to a General degree only. This decision is not appealable. More information is available on Academic Regulation 13.8.1.

Applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 1.60 are not eligible to be considered for admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science for a minimum of one year, after which time they must apply and will be considered for part-time admission on probation as per Admission Regulation 11.

Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 0.70 are not eligible to be considered for admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science for a minimum of three years, after which time they may apply and will be considered for part-time admission on probation as per Admission Regulation 11.

Cumulative GPA Calculation

Your academic record will continue to be relevant in your new plan. In particular, the cumulative GPA will be calculated on all courses attempted during the student's undergraduate career at Queen's, and will be utilized when assessing academic progression and prerequisites and any other purpose specified under the Academic Regulations. Courses that were not passed in your previous program will count as failures in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

If your GPA falls in the range of 1.6 - 1.9, contact the Faculty of Arts and Science for a consultation.

Transfer Credits

Undergraduate Admission no longer provides a "Statement of Transfer Credit" to students admitted to an Arts and Science program. Plan information will be available in Academic Advisement on SOLUS. For assistance, please contact an Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Arts and Science at 613-533-2470.

Note: Not all courses offered in other faculties/schools have course equivalents in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Registration Information

After accepting an offer of admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science, students should visit the Faculty of Arts and Science website for registration-related information.

Once admitted on SOLUS students should drop any of the previous program courses that they no longer wish to take.

Internal Transfer to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Students can apply as either a first-year student or as an upper-year transfer.

It is the number of first-year Engineering courses that students have that determines if they are first-year or upper-year admission. Students who will have completed fewer than the equivalent of at least 6 of the 11 courses first-year Engineering students take should apply for first-year Engineering. Those with at least 6 of the 11 first-year Engineering courses need to apply for upper-year Engineering.

Please review the list of first-year Engineering courses.

Deadline for First-year Applicants: February 1

Deadline for Upper-year Applicants: June 1

Apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre using a 105D Application.

To be eligible for admission consideration to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, students in other faculties or schools at Queen's University must have taken Ontario 4U Chemistry, 4U Physics and 4U Calculus (or their equivalents).

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and no failures in relevant courses on their university transcript. Some Engineering programs, such as Mechanical and Chemical, are more competitive, because of limited space for upper-year transfer students.

Learn more about Engineering programs…

Internal Transfer to the School of Nursing

Students in other faculties or schools at Queen's University are normally considered as first-year applicants to the School of Nursing.

To be eligible, all applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.7 (B-) Grade Point Average using all university courses taken. They must also have taken Ontario 4U English Literature (with a minimum final grade of 75%), 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and one 4U Mathematics, or their equivalents. University-level equivalents are accepted and a university-level Statistics course is accepted in place of the required high school Mathematics.

Although academic performance is the most important factor in making admission decisions, it is not the only one. Queen's School of Nursing is seeking students who show a strong motivation to pursue the profession of nursing, an ability to relate to others, as well as initiative and perseverance in academic studies. All applicants must submit a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE). This will appear as an item on the To Do List in SOLUS. You will find a link to the PSE system in SOLUS.

Current Queen's students are not required to request for high school or university transcripts to be sent in for admission consideration.

The selection committee will review complete application files in the spring. Applicants will then be notified of their decision.

Application Deadline: February 1
Documents Deadline: February 15

Students who do not have final grades of prerequisite courses by the document deadline date of February 1 will be considered provided there is space left in the program when these final grades are received.

Nursing Accelerated Standing Track

In order to be eligible for admission consideration to the Nursing Accelerated Standing Track program, students must meet the following conditions:

  • Completed senior-level high school English, Biology and Chemistry (or university-level equivalents)
  • Completed at least 60.0 units of graded university credits (equivalent to 2 full years) with a 2.7 GPA
    Note: Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for consideration towards the 60.0 unit requirement or towards prerequisite courses
  • Not be currently enrolled in, or have previously taken a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Submit a Supplementary Essay online through SOLUS

Applicants must also have completed (or show proof of enrolment by the document deadline) at least one requirement within each subject column listed below in the most recent seven years prior to admission with a mark of 60% (C-) or higher.

  Psychology Statistics Anatomy Physiology
Queen's Courses PSYC 100 (6.0)* NURS 323 (3.0) ANAT 101 (3.0) or ANAT 100 (3.0) PHGY 214 (6.0)
    ANAT 215 (3.0) + ANAT 216 (3.0) KNPE 125 (3.0) + KNPE 225 (3.0)
    ANAT 315 (3.0) + ANAT 316 (3.0)  

Including applicable calendar exclusions: Find academic calendars…

Or an acceptable course from an external institution: Search for prerequisites…

Acceptable courses may be available through Queen’s Arts and Science Online.

* Should the previous university not have a full-year intro PSYC course, we will accept a (3.0 unit) Intro PSYC and another (3.0 unit) transferrable PSYC.

Application Deadline: January 15
Document Deadline: February 15
Admission Decisions: April

Common Requirements

Personal Statement of Experience

The Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) essay is strongly recommended for students applying to a Queen's first-year program. The PSE and Supplementary Essay are mandatory for all Commerce students.

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