Advanced Standing: Credit/ Exemption Request Policy

Advanced standing may be granted to students who have completed equivalent credit course(s) at McGill University or at another recognized university. Advanced Standing may be granted in the following form:

  1. Credit: Students who are given credit for a course do not have to retake that course, nor do they need to replace it.   
  2. Exemption: Students who are granted an exemption for a co-requisite, pre-requisite, or external pre-requisite course are not required to replace it with an authorized substitution. Students who are granted an exemption for a compulsory course will be required to replace it with an authorized substitution as approved by the Department. The academic advisor will inform students of the list of courses that are considered to be acceptable substitutes.


Please note:
Independent (special) students are not eligible to apply for advanced standing.
Student are not permitted to register in courses for which they have been granted credits and/or exemptions.
Specific information is available regarding exemptions for Mathematics.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria for eligibility for advanced standing:

  • Students must have applied to an undergraduate certificate, diploma or graduate certificate program offered by the Department of Career and Professional Development (CPD). Special (Independent) students cannot request advanced standing.   
  • Each course must be a minimum of 3 credits for it to be considered for evaluation and the course(s) must have been taken at a recognized institution within the last five years.
  • Students applying to an undergraduate program may be granted credit and/or exemption ONLY for an equivalent credit course completed at McGill or at another recognized university provided that the course in question was successfully completed within the last five years AND with a minimum grade of "C" or better. 
  • Students applying to a graduate program may be granted credit and/or exemption ONLY for an equivalent credit course completed at the graduate level at McGill or at another recognized university, provided that the course in question was successfully completed within the last five years AND with a minimum grade of "B-" or better. 

 

Advanced Standing Limits:

  • Students who are applying for admission to a 30-credit undergraduate certificate or a graduate-level diploma program are permitted to submit a maximum of 3 courses for evaluation per admission application. A maximum of 9 credits may be granted towards either an undergraduate certificate or graduate-level diploma program. 
  • Students who are applying for admission to a 15-credit graduate certificate program are permitted to submit a maximum of 2 courses for evaluation per admission application. A maximum of 3 credits may be granted towards a graduate certificate program.

 

How to Request Advanced Standing:

  • Students who wish to request Advanced Standing must complete the
  • Advanced Standing: Credit/Exemption Request form at the time of application for admission and provide all of the required supporting documents (refer to the form for more details).
  • Requests received after admission to a program will be evaluated for the following term; the evaluation process takes approximately 6 weeks from the time of submission to the School of Continuing Studies, providing that all required supporting documents are enclosed with the request. Requests will not be accepted if incomplete.
  • All decisions are final and may not be appealed.


The Advanced Standing: Credit/Exemption Request form and supporting documents can be scanned and submitted as a PDF to admissions.conted [at] mcgill.ca or delivered to:

McGill University, School of Continuing Studies – Client Services (c/o Admissions)
688 Sherbrooke Street West, 11th Floor, Room 1125
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1