Undergraduate Admission


Undergraduate Admission

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Full-time Upper-Year Admission

Bachelor of Arts Honours(BAH); Bachelor of Science Honours(BScH)

The Faculty of Arts and Science has capacity to accommodate transfer students from other accredited post‐ secondary institutions and from other Faculties and Schools at Queen’s. However, the admission process is highly competitive and preference is given to those applicants with the strongest qualifications. A small number of Arts and Science departments, programs and plans are unable to accommodate upper-year transfer students.

Definition of Upper-Year Candidates

  • Students who have attempted a minimum 24.0 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program at the undergraduate level. 24.0 Queen’s units are typically 4 full-year courses (one course taken over two terms) or 8 one-term only courses. Upper-year candidates have generally attended university for a minimum of 2 terms.
  • Ontario community college students who are in a three-year diploma program and will be graduating.
  • Graduates from three-year Ontario community college diploma programs.
  • CEGEP students who are in the final year of three-year professional/career programs who will be receiving their DEC.
  • Graduates of a three-year CEGEP professional/career programs who have their DEC.

General Admission Information 

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in the faculty of Arts and Science require applicants specify a plan either as a major (for those in an honours program) or general (for those in the general program).

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.

Applicants who have completed a minimum of 24.0 units and less than 48.0 units at another accredited post‐ secondary institution must have the equivalent of a Queen’s cumulative GPA of 2.60 in all courses taken. In addition, applicants must satisfy appropriate departmental criteria that may exceed these minimums. Applicants who have completed at least 48.0 units at another accredited post‐secondary institution must have the equivalent of a Queen’s cumulative GPA of 2.60 in all units completed in the most recent two years of study. For applicants who have completed less than 48.0 units in the last two years of study, all units completed in each previous term will be included in the GPA, until at least 48.0 units is reached. In addition, applicants must satisfy appropriate departmental criteria that may exceed these minimums. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their registration in the appropriate courses for the completion of the degree program to which they have been admitted. 

Please click on the link below for a list of plans available to upper-year transfer students. The drop down menu titled "What can I study?" will show a list of degree options and admission thresholds along with requirement for each. 

Available Degree Plans

Transferability of Courses

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.  

Graduates from Ontario community college two-year diploma programs or from CEGEP two-year professional/career programs receive a maximum of 18.0 units of unspecified credit.

Graduates from Ontario community college three-year diploma programs or from CEGEP three-year professional/career programs receive a maximum of 30.0 units of unspecified credit, which is the equivalent of one year or two terms of university studies.

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 through Arts and Science Online.

Note: in the Faculty of Arts and Science, on-campus students in a full course load generally take 5 full-year courses or 10 one-term only courses in a year, which translates into 30.0 units over the course of an academic year. 63.0 units, therefore, refer to approximately two years of full-time study (4 or 5 terms).

The Application Procedure

Entry Term Application Open Application Close Document Deadline Application Link
Summer Entry January 1 March 31 April 15 Summer Entry Online Application
Fall Entry February 1 June 1 June 15 www.ouac.on.ca 

Please note: If you have attempted fewer than 24.0 units, you are considered a first year applicant. Please visit the How To Apply page for more information. 

  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon after the application open date as possible as space is limited in many programs and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
  • Acknowledgement emails indicating what documentation is required are sent when Undergraduate Admission receives the application.
  • All documentation requested must be received at undergraduate admission, Queen’s University by the document deadline dates (see above for dates for each entry point). Earlier receipt, though, is encouraged as admission offers will be made on a rolling basis, as applications are complete.

Important to Note

Further Information