Students choose Queen’s Arts and Science because they want to excel. And they do. You will be surrounded by bright and motivated peers, taught by some of the finest academics in the world, and experience Queen’s supportive atmosphere (whether you choose to study on campus or at a distance). We are focused on your success.
If you are completing your first year at another university, or you have completed or are close to completing a diploma program at a community college, and are interested in transferring to Queen’s Arts & Science, we are interested in hearing from you. We offer both full-time and part-time programs, both on-campus or by distance (online). See the links below for more information.
Queen's University may grant Transfer Credits to students coming from a number of different programs. Transfer credit assessment varies depending on the courses or curriculum that the student has completed, the student's scores / grades achieved in that program, the Queen's program that the student is entering, and the student's year of entry to Queen's.
Queen’s Arts & Science proudly adheres to the general policy on the transfer of course credits as adopted by the Council of Ontario Universities. We recognize that, while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, their substance may be essentially equivalent in terms of their content and rigor.
University transfers: We will transfer up to 54 units (out of the 120 required for a 4-year Honours degree) or up to 42 units (of the 90 required for a 3-year degree).
Three-year College Diplomas: We will transfer up to 30 units.
CEGEP (three years): We may transfer up to 18 units.
In all cases, we will endeavor to transfer those courses which provide you with the best headstart possible on your chosen Arts & Science degree.
The Faculty of Arts and Science invites applications for upper-year spaces in the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science programs, both at the General and Honours level. To be considered for full-time admission, upper-year applicants must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.6 (high C+). Some departments may require higher than a 2.6 GPA.
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.
More information on how to apply for upper year transfer.
The Faculty of Arts and Science grants credit for some International Baccalaureate Higher Level courses. A maximum of 18.0 units may be granted for International Baccalaureate examinations passed with a grade of 5 or higher. For complete information on IB Transfer credits visit the Admission website.
The Advanced Placement program and courses are considered excellent preparation for university courses. Queen's will recognize and utilize Advanced Placement courses as prerequisite courses for admission. Students who have completed AP courses may be eligible to receive credits toward their degree. See the list of available AP transfer credits. For more information on AP transfer credits visit the Admissions page.
Transfer credits, if deemed to be transferable, are entered directly into your SOLUS accounts.
If you have not yet received your STC you may be able to tentatively identify Queen’s course equivalents by speaking with the Undergraduate Chair of your intended degree program.
If equivalent credit was not awarded for a particular course, or you feel it should have been assessed differently, you may request that the appropriate academic department re-evaluate your transfer credit. Most departments require a course syllabus and course description in order to make the evaluation. Contact the specific department for more information on their procedure. Usually, departments require that you leave the documents with them; after they evaluate the course, they notify the OUR of their decision. The OUR then makes the adjustment on your transcript.
It is not uncommon for several courses to transfer as general elective credits or as ‘unspecified’ (no specific subject or number assigned). While these credits will count toward your degree, they may not count toward your degree concentration, refer to the notes on the STC for information.
Grades from your previous university do not transfer to Queen’s, therefore they do not affect your Queen’s GPA. Your ‘year’ level will be based on the number of credits transferred and will not necessarily be the same number of credits that you completed at your previous university.
Yes, there is a minimum number of units you must complete within Arts and Science at Queen’s (see the Academic Calendar).
If possible you should not wait for your Statement of Transfer Credits to Register for Fall/Winter courses. Without a STC you will likely require departmental assistance to register for courses yourself. Unfortunately SOLUS cannot read your transfer credits and you will have difficulty registering in courses that require prerequisites that you have satisfied elsewhere. You will likely need the assistance of the Departmental Chair of Undergraduate Studies (DCUS) or their assistant. We also recommend that you discuss your academic plans with the DCUS in person or by telephone to ensure that you will be making satisfactory progress toward your intended degree.
Students who were admitted to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours) -- Kinesiology Specialization or the Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) were registered in the appropriate Plan(s) when admitted to the Faculty. Unless you want to change your Plan, you need not take any further action. To transfer to or from one of these Plans, follow the advice on the links below: