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Transfer to Queen's

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.

Transfer Credits:

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 may 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 may 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.

Students with less than 24.0 units completed are considered first-year applicants.

Upper-Year Transfers

The Faculty of Arts and Science invites applications for upper-year students in the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science programs. 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 a higher than 2.60 GPA and course requirements.  Meeting admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Space is limited, we encourage students to apply early.

Definition of Upper-Year Students

  • students who have attempted a minimum 24.0 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program. 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.

Due to space limitations, not all Degree 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 in the Faculty of Arts and Science and receive a competitive average.

Steps to Transfer

  1. Choose from the programs below to learn more about the requirements and restrictions.
  2. Visit Ontario Universities Application Centre.
  3. Complete the Application Form.
  4. For all programs, upper-year transfer applicants will be able to apply between 1 February and 1 June for a Fall start.  As applications will be considered on an on-going basis, students are encouraged to apply early.

Click here for more information on how to apply for upper year transfer.

Degree Plans open to External Students

A wide range of degree options are available for incoming transfer students. You may choose to study full-time or part-time, on campus or by distance (online). Some programs have limited spaces, and fill quickly, so apply today.

Degree PlanMinimum GPAAdditional PrerequisitesOptions if missing prerequisites
Applied Economics2.6  
Art History2.6  
Astrophysics2.76.0 units of first-year university level Physics, equivalent to Queen’s Physics 104 or 106, with a mark of a Queen’s B- 
Biology 6.0 units of first-year university level Biology, equivalent to Queen’s Biology 102 and 103, with a mark of a Queen’s B. Students without 6.0 units of first-year university level Biology, equivalent to Queen’s Biology 102 and 103, may wish to apply for Summer admission to Queen’s where they could take Biology 102 and 103 through Queen’s Distance Studies. Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B in Biology 103 to progress in the Biology Degree Plan.*
Biology & Mathematics 2.6 

6.0 units of first-year university level Mathematics or Statistics with a mark of a Queen’s C.

AND

6.0 units of first-year university level Biology, equivalent to Queen’s Biology 102 and 103, with a mark of a Queen’s B. 
 

Students without 6.0 units of first-year university level Biology, equivalent to Queen’s Biology 102 and 103, may wish to apply for Summer admission to Queen’s where they could take Biology 102 and 103 through Queen’s Distance Studies.  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B in Biology 103 to progress in the Biology Degree Plan in addition to the Mathematics mark.*

 AND/OR

Students without 6.0 units of first year university level Mathematics or Statistics may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take Mathematics through our Distance Studies program.  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s C in the Mathematics course to progress in this degree Plan in addition to the Biology mark.*
Biomedical Computing2.63.0 units of Queen's CISC121, or equivalent, with a mark of Queen's BStudents without 3.0 units of first year university level Computing, equivalent to Queen's CISC121, or equivalent, may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take Computing  through our Distance Studies program.
Chemistry2.76.0 units of first-year university level Chemistry, equivalent to Queen’s Chemistry 112, with a mark of Queen’s C. 
Classical Studies2.6  
Cognitive Sciences2.63.0 units of Queen’s CISC 121, or equivalent, with a mark of Queen’s BStudents without 3.0 units of first-year CISC121, or equivalent. may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take  CISC 121 through Queen’s Distance Studies.  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B in CISC 121 to progress in the Cognitive Sciences Degree Plan.*
Computing and Mathematics2.6

3.0 units of Queen’s CISC 121, or equivalent ,with a mark of Queen’s B

AND

6.0 units of university level Mathematics or Statistics with a mark of Queen’s C

Students without 3.0 units of Queen’s CISC 121 or equivalent 

AND/OR

Students without 6.0 units of university level Mathematics may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take CISC 121 and a Mathematics course through Queen’s Distance Studies. 

Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B in CISC 121 and a C in the Mathematics course to progress in the Computing and Mathematics Degree Plan.*
Computing2.63.0 units of Queen’s CISC 121, or equivalent, with a mark of Queen’s BStudents without 3.0 units of Queen’s CISC 121, or equivalent, may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take CISC 121 through Queen’s Distance Studies.  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B in CISC 121 to progress in the Computing Degree Plan.*
Drama2.6  
Economics2.6  
English Language and Literature2.86.0 units of first-year university level English, equivalent to Queen’s English 100, with a mark of a Queen’s B-Students without 6.0 units of first-year university level English equivalent to English 100 may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take English 100 through Queen’s Distance Studies.  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B- in English 100 to progress in the English Language and Literature Degree Plan.*
Environmental Science3.7  
Film and Media3.06.0  units of first-year university level Film, equivalent to Queen’s FILM 110, with a mark of a Queen’s B+ 
French Studies2.6  
Gender Studies2.6  
Geography2.6  
Geology2.6  
Greek2.6  
Global Development Studies3.36.0 units of Queen’s Development Studies 100, or its equivalent, with a mark of Queen’s B-Students without 6.0 units of Development Studies (or its equivalent) may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take DEVS 100 through Queen’s  Distance Studies.  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B- in DEVS100 to progress in the Global Development Studies Plan.*
History3.0  
Latin2.6  
Life Sciences3.2

Students must meet all four requirements:

(1) 6.0 unit of first year university-level Physics with a mark of a Queen’s C

AND

(2) 6.0 units of first-year university-level Chemistry with a mark of a Queen’s C

AND

(3) 6.0 units of first-year university level Biology with a mark of a Queen’s C

AND

(4) Minimum of 27.0 units taken in 1st year & maximum of 36 graded units

Students cannot transfer into another area at Queen’s and then later  transfer into Life Sciences as in doing so they would exceeded exceed the number of units noted #4 above.
 
Mathematics2.66.0 units of first-year university level Mathematics or Statistics with a mark of a Queen’s CStudents without 6.0 units of first year university level Mathematics or Statistics may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take Mathematics through our Distance Studies program.  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s C in the Mathematics course to progress in this degree Plan.*
Mathematical Physics2.7

6.0 units of first-year university level Mathematics or Statistics with a mark of a Queen’s B-.

AND

6.0 units of first-year university level Physics, equivalent to Queen’s Physics 104 or 106, with a mark of a Queen’s B
 
Music (BMUS)2.6

Students must pass an audition

AND

Students must have the equivalency to Conservatory Advanced Rudiments prior to admission
 
Music2.6

Students must pass an audition if they wish to take MUSC 124

AND

Students must have the equivalent to Conservatory Advanced Rudiments prior to admission
 
Philosophy2.6  
Physics2.7

6.0 units of first-year university level Physics, equivalent to Queen’s Physics 104 or 106, with a mark of a Queen’s B-

 
Religious Studies2.6  
Software Design2.6

3.0 units of Queen’s CISC 121 or equivalent with a mark of Queen’s B

Students without 3.0 units of first-year CISC 121, or equivalent, may wish to apply for Summer admission where they could take  CISC 121 through Queen’s Distance Studies .  Students must earn a mark of a Queen’s B in CISC 121 to progress in the Software Design Degree Plan.*
Sociology2.6  
Spanish2.6  
Stage and Screen3.06.0  units of first-year university level Film, equivalent to Queen’s FILM 110, with a mark of a Queen’s B+ 
Visual Art2.6

For students transferring into year one of the program, they will need:  successful portfolio & Cumulative GPA

For students transferring into year two of the program, they will need:  successful portfolio & Cumulative GPA & 3.0 units of each of first-year university level drawing, painting, 2-D fundamentals and 3-D fundamentals

 

Students are unable to access any program that is closed (not listed on above chart) or closes subsequently at the Specialization, Major, Medial or Minor level even if they have completed the necessary gateway courses and have a competitive mark.

*Should a student be admitted to the Summer term and need to take a prerequisite course for admission to a particular degree Plan, they must earn the set mark in the course to progress into the specific degree Plan. Should they not earn the required mark, students could retake the course or change to another degree Plan that is accepting students (open degree Plans) and for which they meet the admission requirements in their admission category (internal, external etc.).


Distance 3 year Degree Offerings

English Language and Literature

2.6

Global Development Studies

2.6

History

2.6

Psychology

2.6

*Distance students cannot transfer or upgrade degree to on-campus studies. 

All GPAs and marks are on a Queen’s 4.3 GPA scale.

FAQ's about Transfer Credits

How do I get my courses assessed?

For transfer assessment, send your course descriptions to Undergraduate Admission as soon as possible as assessment may take 4-6 weeks.

How will I know which credits from my old school transfer to Queens’?

Transfer credits, if deemed to be transferable, are entered directly into your SOLUS accounts after you accept your offer. The OnTransfer system can inform you of what has transferred in the past.

I took a course at my former school that I think should transfer but didn’t? What do I do if I feel my credit(s) should have been assessed differently?

If equivalent credit was not awarded for a particular course, or you feel it should have been assessed differently, you may contact Michelle Gallant to request a reassessment.

What is an 'unspecified (UNS) credit'?

It is not uncommon for several courses to transfer as general elective credits or as ‘unspecified’ (no specific subject or number assigned) as a similar course is not offered at Queen's. While these credits will count toward your degree, they may not count toward your degree concentration.

Do my grades from my former school affect my Queen’s average?

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.

Is there a minimum number of units I must complete through Queen’s?

Yes, there is a minimum number of units you must complete overall and within your Degree Plan. (see the Academic Calendar).

When should I register for Fall/Winter courses?

Fall/Winter registration typically occurs in mid-July. If possible you should not wait for your Transfer Credits to Register for Fall/Winter courses. You will likely need the assistance of the Departmental Chair of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) or their assistant to gain access to courses and for academic advising.

Have Questions?

Call us at 613-533-2470 or email us.

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