Ontario College Transfers | Transfer Students

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Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters at an accredited college, OR one year of full-time academic studies at an accredited college.
  • Minimum overall average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (B/70% or equivalent).
  • All attempted college courses will be included in the calculation of your cumulative grade point average.
  • Courses that are repeated will only count once towards the accumulation of block transfer credit.

Program-specific Requirements

You must also meet program-specific requirements since some programs have higher averages or have supplementary procedures for admission.

Transfer Credit from an Ontario College is usually granted in one of four ways:

Block Credit Policy

Ontario college students who have completed at least one term of a certificate or diploma program may be eligible to receive a group of transfer credit (“block transfers”). As soon as you are offered admission to York, the Office of Admissions assesses your previous postsecondary studies for transfer credit eligibility. This means that before you accept your offer of admission, you may know exactly how much transfer credit you’ll receive. Wait times for transfer assessment completion vary depending on the time of year. The earlier you accept your offer, the earlier you will receive your transfer credit statement.  The credit you receive depends on: 

  • whether the courses you have taken are transferable (academically-equivalent to York courses);
  • the number of courses you have completed;
  • grades achieves; and
  • how your previous postsecondary studies fit with the program you’ve been admitted to at York.
Use the following chart to see how much transfer credit you may receive for previous studies:
college program/terms completed potential Credit from York Minimum credits remaining for a york program
four-year degree (120 credits) three-year degree (90 credits)
Three-year advanced diploma/6 or more terms 42 credits 78 credits 48 credits
5 terms 36 credits 84 credits 54 credits
Two-year diploma/4 terms 30 credits 90 credits 60 credits
3 terms 24 credits 96 credits 66 credits
One-year certificate/2 terms 15 credits 105 credits 75 credits
One term 9 credits 111 credits 81 credits

*The number of credits you receive and the number of credits required to complete your degree at York University may not match exactly. Depending on the program you are admitted to, you may be required to complete additional courses to meet specific program requirements.

Articulation Agreements

An articulation agreement usually provides a simplified, guaranteed transfer process for transfer students. Agreements between various Canadian colleges and York specify the number of transfer credits and the approximate length of time required for a college student to complete a degree at York, as well as specific college courses and letter that will transfer to the university.

York's Articulation Agreements and Programs

Dual Credential programs

Dual Credential programs allow you to combine a university degree with an Ontario college diploma or certificate program. For example, York’s communication studies program is a dual credential program with Seneca College.

Find more information about admissions requirements.

General university guidelines:

  • Computer Science, Information Technology, Kinesiology and Bachelor of Commerce courses must be taken within the last 5 years to be considered for major, minor or pre-requisites credit towards a degree program. When courses are taken longer than 5 years ago, the transfer credit may be used only as elective credit.
  • Strict regulations set out by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) limit the amount of transfer credit granted for Engineering degree programs. Courses in engineering science and engineering design content must be completed at a degree-granting Canadian Institution accredited by CEAB. The maximum number of credits granted is 30.
  • Some programs require a course grade of ‘C’ or higher for the course to apply towards a major/minor or to satisfy a prerequisite.
  • The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) courses are recognized towards certification in a number of professional programs, but not all professional accredited courses completed at other post-secondary institutions are eligible for a course credit exclusion towards a major, minor or pre-requisite credits in a degree program. Courses not granted a course credit exclusion may be used as elective credits.

As soon as you are offered admission to York, the Office of Admissions will begin assessing your previous postsecondary studies for transfer credit eligibility. Wait times for transfer assessment completion vary depending on the time of year. The earlier you accept your offer, the earlier you will receive your transfer credit statement.

The transfer process is divided into:

Credit Assessment

The Office of Admissions determines the amount of transfer credit you are eligible to receive based on the following factors:

To complete the credit assessment, students must provide Official Transcript(s) either by uploading a copy through MyFile or by having a copy mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.

Course Assessment

After the credit assessment is complete, the Office of Admissions thoroughly reviews previous course(s) for content overlap with your existing program's degree requirements. When significant overlap between courses is identified, the studies are granted course credit exclusion(s) and/or course waiver status. Identified courses do not need to be retaken at York and they reduce your remaining degree requirements. In order to facilitate course review, students are required to submit course outline(s) for assessment of academic content, rigor and materials covered.

Acceptable Course Outlines

Course descriptions/syllabi/course outlines must represent the timeframe you took the course. Copies of detailed courses outlines/syllabi are the preferred choice. These can be uploaded via MyFile, faxed or mailed directly from your former school.

Here is an example of an acceptable course outline for submission.

For Canadian Institutions Only

The following formats may help if the summary is sufficiently in-depth for content review:

  • an undergraduate calendar/catalogue from the university or college you attended;
  • a photocopy of the relevant calendar/catalogue pages (it must be clear that the photocopy is from the calendar/catalogue; therefore, include a copy of the cover);
  • actual printed pages from your former school's website;
  • a faxed copy of any of the above;

Transfer Credit Statement

This assessment outlines the amount of transfer credit from your prior studies applicable to the academic program at York University to which you have been admitted. All assessments are conditional upon receipt of a final official transcript for each previous postsecondary institution you have attended. If you are in the process of finishing your studies and have not yet been issued a final transcript, you may submit your official final transcript upon completion of your previous studies.

Grades achieved in postsecondary course(s) accepted by York University for transfer credit will not affect your academic average at York. If you repeat course exclusions granted from previous studies, it will result in a reduction of your transfer credit.

Printable transfer credit statements are made available on MyFile in time for enrolment. Current students can access their transfer credit statement via the Office of the Registrar.

Credit Re-Evaluation

You may request a re-evaluation. Note that credit re-evaluation will only occur if/when new information that was not available at the time of your initial assessment is required.

New information may include a detailed course description, updated transcript(s) or a change in your academic program at York University.

Request a Transfer Credit Reassessment

In accordance with Eligibility for Transfer Credit guidelines outlined in the York University Calendar (please select year of admission), you have one academic term from the date of admission or re-admission to York University to submit documentation (including detailed course outlines) for re-evaluation of transfer credit.

Application Status

Check the status of your application to find out if your transfer credit assessment is complete.

Accept Your Offer

Once you accept your offer, book an academic advising appointment to begin the enrolment process.


Join Transfer Connect

If your credit and course assessment has been completed (or you’re waiting for it to be completed), we encourage you to join Transfer Connect – a community just for transfer students and a place where you can ask questions about your transfer to York in a group chat or one-on-one chat. You can also find out more information about specialized resources offered to York transfer students.

Transfer Connect is available to students admitted to the University for whom we have begun the transfer credit assessment process. You'll receive a personalized email invitation to join the online community.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you require further information about the transfer process, please use Ask an Admissions Expert.