Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

Queen's University Queen's University

Admissions Site Title

Students are eligible to receive a maximum of 18.0 transfer credit units for Higher Level IB courses completed with a final grade of 5 or greater.

Undergraduate Admission will assess a student's IB courses to determine whether or not transfer credits will be granted. In order to have these courses assessed, students must do one of the following once their final IB results are available:

  • Make a request through the IBO that their results be made available to Queen's online. This can be done through the IBO website.
  • Request that the IBO send an official copy of their results to Undergraduate Admission.

Undergraduate Admission will not take either of these actions on a student's behalf.

Some Higher Level subjects have a direct equivalent and will replace a specific course at Queen's in a student's degree plan. For those Higher Level subjects which do not have a direct equivalent at Queen’s, an unspecified or "elective" credit is granted. These elective credits may be counted towards the completion of a degree plan, but they do not replace other courses at Queen’s.

There are a number of Higher Level courses for which Queen's does not grant a transfer credit, regardless of a student's score. Some of those courses include English A, English B, Business Management, Design and Technology, Theatre, Visual Art and World Religions. Also, no credit is granted for Theory of Knowledge or the Extended Essay.

Further information about degree plan selection and departmental thresholds for admission can be found on the Faculty of Arts and Science website.

Exclusion is defined as a list of two or more courses that are considered similar enough that credit will only be given for a defined subset of courses from that list. Usually, holding credit for an excluded course(s) will prevent registration in the remaining courses on the list.

Program: 
Arts and Science
Curriculum: 
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Transfer details: 
Higher Level CourseQueen's Equivalent CourseCourse Unit WeightComments
ArabicARAB 1006A transfer credit for IB Arabic can be used to access the World Language Studies degree plan so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
BiologyBIOL 1023A transfer credit for IB Biology can be used to access the Biology degree plans.  To access the Major degree plan, students must achieve a final mark of 6 or higher in IB Biology and must have the required Cumulative GPA*. The Biology Department recommends that students who wish to study Biology take BIOL 102/3.0 and BIOL 103/3.0 at Queen's. Students who take BIOL 102/3.0 and BIOL 103/3.0 will subsequently loose transfer credit for AP Biology. Students who take BIOL 102/3.0 and BIOL 103/3.0 tend to do better in Biology plans in their upper years of study.
BIOL 1033
ChemistryCHEM 1126A transfer credit for IB Chemistry can be used to access the Chemistry degree plans so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
Classical LanguagesLATN 1UNS or6
GREK 1UNS
Computer ScienceCISC 1213A transfer credit for IB Computer Science can be used to access Computing degree plans so long as students achieve a final mark of 6 or higher in IB Computer Science and also have the required Cumulative GPA.
DanceUNSP 1UNS3
EconomicsECON 1106A transfer credit for IB Economics can be used to access Economics degree plans so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved. Exclusion: No more than 6.0 units from ECON 110/6.0; ECON 111/3.0; ECON 112/3.0.
EnglishNo credit given
Environmental SystemsENSC 1UNS6
FilmFILM 1UNS6Students who wish to access a degree plan in Film and Media must take FILM 110 at Queen's.
French A - Language and LiteratureFREN 1506Students who wish to access a degree plan in French Studies must achieve a final mark of 6 or higher in IB French A (Language and Literature) and must also have the required cumulative GPA.
French A - LiteratureFREN 2UNS6
French BFREN 1506Students who wish to access a degree plan in French Studies must achieve a final mark of 6 or higher in IB French B and must also have the required cumulative GPA.
Further MathematicsMATH 1UNS3
GeographyGPHY 1013A transfer credit for IB Geography can be used to access Geography degree plans so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
GPHY 1023
GermanGRMN 1013A transfer credit for IB German can be used to access the German Studies degree plans or the World Language Studies degree plan so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
GRMN 1023
HistoryHIST 1UNS6Students who wish to access a degree plan in History must take 6.0 units of a 100-level History course at Queen's.
Information TechnologyCISC P813
ItalianITLN P103A transfer credit for IB Italian can be used to access the Italian Language and Literature degree plan, or the World Language Studies degree plan so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
ITLN 1123
MandarinCHIN 1006A transfer credit for IB Mandarin can be used to access the World Language Studies degree plan so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
MathematicsMATH 1216Students who wish to access a degree plan in Mathematics must take MATH 120/6.0. Students who take MATH 120/6.0 cannot receive a transfer credit for IB Mathematics (it is an exclusion). Commerce students can transfer MATH 121/6.0 as an elective course but it cannot replace the required COMM 161/3.0 course. Exclusions: No more than 6.0 units from MATH 120/6.0; MATH 121/6.0; MATH 122/6.0; MATH 123/3.0; MATH 124/3.0; MATH 126/6.0.
MusicMUSC 1UNS6
PhilosophyPHIL 1156A transfer credit for IB Philosophy can be used to access Philosophy degree plans so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
PhysicsPHYS 1173Students who wish to pursue a degree plan in Physics must take PHYS 104/6.0 or PHYS 106/6.0. Students who take PHYS 104/6.0 or PHYS 106/6.0 cannot receive a transfer credit for IB Physics (it is an exclusion). Exclusions: No more than 6.0 units from PHYS 104/6.0; PHYS 106/6.0; PHYS 117/6.0.
PsychologyPSYC 1UNS6Students who wish to pursue a Psychology Honours degree plan must take Queen's PSYC 100.
Social & Cultural AnthropologyUNSP 1UNS6
SpanishSPAN P103A transfer credit for IB Spanish can be used to access the Spanish Language and Literature degree plans, the Spanish and Latin American Studies degree plan, or the World Language Studies degree plan so long as the required Cumulative GPA is also achieved.
SPAN 1123