Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

Transfer Credits

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Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits

Transfer credit assessment varies depending on:

  • the courses and curriculum that the student has completed
  • the student's scores/grades achieved in that program
  • the Queen's program that the student is entering
  • the student's year of entry to Queen's

See also: Transfer Credit Policies


High school transfer credits

High school curriculum/student-type categories include:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • CEGEP Students
  • French Baccalaureate
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) / Advanced Levels
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

DEADLINE: Students entering into their first year of study at Queen’s and who have previously taken courses during high school that may be eligible for transfer credit must apply for credit no later than the end of fall term of their first year. Eligible students who do not submit a transfer credit request (and all supporting documents) by the end of first term are considered to have declined credit. Transfer credit requests submitted after fall term of the student’s first year will not be assessed.

For students in all faculties and schools, a maximum of 18.0 credit units may be granted.

Your transfer credit(s) will be posted on SOLUS approximately 10 business days after we receive your official results.


Post-Secondary transfer credits

Have you taken university courses before attending Queen's?

Admission Requirements for both school-to-school transfer and transferring between faculties within Queen's.

Apply to transfer

Students who have taken post-secondary credit prior to attending Queen’s must disclose this information on the OUAC application form and will be required to submit documentation prior to a final decision on their application. Failure to disclose all post-secondary studies during time of application is considered academic dishonesty and may result in withdrawal from the university.

Transfer credit assessment will take place after a student has accepted their offer of admission.

DEADLINE: Eligible students who do not submit course descriptions (where required) by the end of their first term are considered to have declined credit.

You will need to submit the following information:

  • University Name (where you took the course)
  • University Subject
  • Course Code
  • Credit Value
  • Detailed course outline (attach or copy/paste – paper-based outlines are not accepted for transfer credit review)

Once we have received the information electronically, the request for "Post-Secondary Course Descriptions" will be removed from your SOLUS To Do List.

Ontario Community College Students

Students coming to Queen's from an Ontario Community College program may be eligible to receive credit toward their Queen's degree for completion of a 2 or 3-year diploma program. Each Queen's faculty and school treats these programs differently, and the number of credits granted to students varies by program.

Faculty of Arts and Science, Smith School of Business, School of Computing

  • Graduates of a 2-year diploma program:
    Students who have completed a 2-year diploma program are eligible to receive a maximum of 18.0 units of unspecified 100-level credit toward their Queen's degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science or the School of Computing. (Note: Only those students admitted after September 2015 who hold a 2-year diploma are eligible for 18.0 units of transfer credit.)

  • Graduates of a 3-year diploma program:
    Students who have completed a three-year diploma program are eligible to receive a maximum of 30 credit units (the equivalent of one year) toward their Queen's degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science (including Fine Art and Music) and the Schools of Business and Computing. 3-year diploma holders may request review of specified transfer credits in some cases. Please contact the Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment Office for more information on this.

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduates of a three-year technology program may receive up to the equivalent of one year of university studies after they have completed their first-year in the general Engineering program. The credits are granted to students who choose an Engineering program that is similar to their college diploma program. These credits tend to be mostly at the second year level.

School of Nursing

Graduates of a three-year diploma program entering the School of Nursing receive 18.0 credit units of unspecified credit toward their degree program. Also, depending on the similarity of their college program to the Queen's nursing program, they may receive up to an additional 12 credit units as specified transfer credits.

Ontario University Courses

Visit www.ontransfer.ca to search courses previously approved for transfer credit at Queen's University.

Applicants who hold a degree from another university who wish to upgrade their degree from a General to Honours degree should note that such a degree completion would require two full years of study at Queen's.

Queen's Students Switching Faculties / Internal Transfer

Current Queen's students who are transferring from one faculty to another (such as from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to the Faculty of Arts and Science) will have the courses that they have taken at Queen's examined to see if any of these completed credits can be applied towards their new degree program.

Current students applying to change your academic program, do NOT need to submit information to Undergraduate Admission about what courses you have taken at Queen's (i.e. course descriptions).

For Internal Transfer students, a Statement of Transfer Credit will be completed by Undergraduate Admission. Internal Transfer students can expect to receive this information at the time that they receive an offer of admission to their new academic program.

Each student's Statement of Transfer Credit will clearly outline which courses from their original academic program have been assessed by Undergraduate Admission. Only courses that a student is receiving transfer credit(s) for will be listed on the Statement of Transfer Credit. The statement will also indicate what credit(s) the student will receive towards their new academic program (i.e., what the course is equivalent to in their new program, and what course weight has been granted).

Finally, the Statement of Transfer Credit may include some comments about these courses. These comments may list exclusions or exemptions on transfer credits.

The Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Smith School of Business, and School of Nursing all provide information regarding transferable courses in their Academic Calendars.

Notes about transferable courses:

  • Any transferable course that a student has failed in their original academic program will be counted as a failure in their new academic program.

  • A&S: Any non-Faculty of Arts and Science student taking courses offered Arts and Science can transfer these courses to their new academic program within Arts and Science, provided they have received a passing grade in the course(s).

  • A&S: All Bachelor of Commerce courses with a passing grade are considered transferable to the Faculty of Arts and Science. Of these courses, students may transfer a maximum of eight (8) Commerce courses (24 credit units) towards their new Arts and Science degree program.

  • A&S: Some courses from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science that can be transferred to the Faculty of Arts and Science:

Engineering and Applied Science Course Arts and Science Equivalent Weight Comments: Exclusions, Exemptions, etc.
APSC 111 + 112 PHYS 106 6 credit units Exclusion PHYS 104, 107
APSC 131 + 132 CHEM 112 6 credit units Exclusion CHEM 116
APSC 142 CISC 101 3 credit units Exclusion CISC 110*
APSC 151 GEOL 104 3 credit units Exclusion APSC 151
APSC 171 + 172 MATH 121 6 credit units Exclusion MATH 120, 122, 123, 124, 126
APSC 174 MATH 112 3 credit units Exclusion MATH 110, 111
  • Smith School of Business: A maximum of 39 credit units from the Faculty of Arts and Science can be transferred to a Bachelor of Commerce degree program. These courses will all be considered elective courses in the Bachelor of Commerce program.

  • Dan School of Drama and Music: The Dan School of Drama and Music lists all their current courses on their website. The website indicates which courses can be taken by Bachelor of Music students, non-Bachelor of Music students, or both. All of the courses are transferable as electives between the Dan School of Drama and Music and all other undergraduate Queen's faculties and schools, with the exception of Bachelor of Music specific courses. Go to the Dan School of Drama and Music

  • School of Nursing: Any non-nursing courses listed in the School of Nursing Academic Calendar are transferable to the Faculty of Arts and Science. In addition, NURS 100 will transfer to the Faculty of Arts and Science as either HLTH 131* or HLTH 230*.

  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Some courses from the Faculty of Arts and Science can be transferred to Engineering and Applied Science. Please note the required mark needed to receive the transfer credit(s).

Arts and Science Course Required Mark Engineering and Applied Science Exemption(s)
PHYS 104 or 106 55% + APSC 111 + 112
CHEM 112 or 116 70% + APSC 131 + 132
CISC 101 or 121 50% + APSC 142
GEOL 104 or 105 50% + APSC 151
MATH 120 50% + APSC 171 + 172
MATH 121, 122, or 126 65% + APSC 171
MATH 121 or 122 75% + APSC 171 + 172
MATH 110 or 111 50% + APSC 174
MATH 112 65% + APSC 174

Second Degree

Transfer credits are assessed by individual departments and are based on grades achieved as well as equivalency to Queen’s courses. Students are informed of their transfer credits after they have accepted their offer of admission. Credit is considered for courses with a final grade of a Queen’s C (63%) or higher.

The Faculty of Arts and Science requires students to complete the majority of their academic work – overall and in their degree plan – at Queen’s University in order to receive a degree.

For a four-year honours program, the maximum number of transfer units allowed is 57.0 units in total, including a maximum of 24.0 units toward the core and option requirements of the plan. If the maximum number of units are transferred to Queen’s, then 63.0 units must be completed at Queen’s (including a minimum of 36.0 in the plan's core and option requirements). Should a student receive the full 57.0 units, all remaining courses must be completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science on campus or Arts and Science Online.

For a three-year program, the maximum number of transfer units allowed is 42.0 units in total, including a set number toward the core and option requirements of the plan. If the maximum number of units are transferred to Queen’s, that leaves 48.0 units which must be completed at Queen’s (including a minimum number of the plan's core and option requirements). Should a student receive the full 42.0 units, all remaining courses must be completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science on campus or Arts and Science Online.

Applicants who hold a degree from another university who wish to upgrade their degree from a General to Honours degree should note that such a degree completion would require two full years of study at Queen's.