Canadian University Transfers | Transfer Students

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Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of at least 4 full courses OR one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university.
  • Minimum overall average of 2.0 on a 4-point scale (C/60% or equivalent).
  • If you're applying to Honours-level programs: Minimum overall average of 2.3 on a 4-point scale (C+/65% or equivalent).
  • All attempted university 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 transfer credit.

Find more information about admission requirements.

Program-specific Requirements

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

York University welcomes applicants who are looking to finish their degree or upgrade from a Bachelors degree to an Honours degree or wish to complete a second degree program.

Transfer Credit from a Canadian University is usually granted on a case-by-case basis.

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 you have completed or are currently waiting the credit and course assessment, we encourage students 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

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