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Transfer Requirements and Instructions

NEW POLICY:

Students entering U3 with 84 or more credits* are no longer eligible to apply to transfer into the B.Sc. or into the B.A.&Sc.). 

*Students admitted to McGill from a CEGEP DEC and transfer students from another university – your credit limit is 84 credits as indicated by the TOTAL CREDITS value on your Minerva transcript.

*Students admitted to McGill from International Baccalaureate or the French Baccalaureate, or who were granted advanced standing due to Advanced Placement examinations, GCE A-Levels, and other qualifications – your credit limit is 84 + the number of advanced standing credits indicated on your Minerva transcript. (In other words, 84 credits post-admission.)

Students entering U3 with less than 84 credits: You must have completed a minimum of 24 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with an average GPA of 3.0 in these credits with no grade below "C".

Transfer Requirements:

The Faculty of Science welcomes transfer applications to the B.A. & Sc. and the B.Sc. degrees. The Minerva application will be available towards the end of September, 2014 and the deadline to apply for a transfer for Winter 2015 is November 1st. At the time of your application you must have already met the minimum requirements to transfer.

If you are currently registered at McGill in a degree program and wish to transfer for the Winter 2015 term into the B.A. & Sc. or the B.Sc. (Biological, Biomedical and Life Science Group and Neuroscience are not available to transfer for Winter 2015) degree,  then you must submit an electronic transfer application by November 1st. The on-line application will be available towards the end of September, 2014, through the Student Records Menu once you have logged into Minerva. Supporting documents, if applicable, must be sent separately to the address below.

If you are returning to your studies after an interruption of one term or more, and you wish to apply for both readmission and inter/intra faculty transfer into Bachelor of Arts and Science or Bachelor of Science (Biological, Biomedical and Life Science Group and Neuroscience are not available to transfer for Winter 2015) degree, you must fill in the electronic readmission application, indicate in the appropriate area that you also wish to transfer, and summarize your activities during your absence in the comments section of the form. The deadline to apply for readmission and inter/intra faculty transfer is November 1st for Winter 2015.

If you are registered in Continuing Education and have never been registered in a degree program, or are a special student, or have already completed an undergraduate degree, you must apply at the Admissions Office.

Which documents are required?

Students wishing to transfer to the B.A. & Sc. or B.Sc. degree programs are not required to submit documents, except in the following circumstances:

Students who have interrupted their studies, and during their absence completed courses at another university, must submit a photocopy of their transcript with the application and then arrange to have an official copy sent to the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Office.

Official documents that must be submitted are as follows:

  • official advanced standing results (AP's, AL's, IB's) if applicable
  • official transcripts from any other university attended, including Summer session courses
  • a letter of appeal, if applicable

No decision will be made until all documents have been received. To be accepted as official, transcripts must be sent directly from the University you attended, to the SOUSA Office.

The electronic application are automatically delivered. All supporting documentation should be sent to:

Faculty of Science (SOUSA)
c/o Mary Gauthier
McGill University
Dawson Hall, Room 405
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G5
Tel.: 514-398-5442
Fax: 514-398-8102
E-mail: mary [dot] gauthier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Inter-Faculty Transfer Coordinator)

What are the minimum requirements for transfer to the B.A.&Sc.?

Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 for transfer to the B.A.& Sc.

Applicants who originally came to McGill from outside Quebec must have completed:

  • Two (2) of the following Math courses (with grades of B- or better):
    MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134

and any three of (with grades of B or better):

  • BIOL 111 or BIOL 112
  • PHYS 101/131 or PHYS 102/142 
  • CHEM 110 or CHEM 120
  • At most two of: COMP 202, ESYS 104 or PSYC 100

The minimum CGPA is 3.00.
Applicants from Quebec should have completed these courses either at CEGEP or at McGill with grades of B or better.

  • Students entering U2: A minimum of 9 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with a minimum grade of B in each course.
  • Students entering U3 with 84 or more credits* are no longer eligible to apply to transfer into the B.Sc. or into the B.A.&Sc.). See further information above (under New Policy).
  • Students entering U3 with less than 84 credits: You must have completed a minimum of 24 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with an average GPA of 3.0 in these credits with no grade below "C".

NOTE: Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure acceptance into the B.A.& Sc. Enrolment is limited to space available in the program.

Any inter-faculty transfer applicant who does not meet the minimum transfer criteria must submit a letter of appeal (which should not be longer than one page) with the electronic application. Enter the appeal in the comments area of the electronic application outlining the following:

  • any reasons which may have contributed to your performance
  • steps you have taken or plan to take to improve your academic performance

If applicable, send any supporting documents separately to the SOUSA Office.

What are the minimum requirements for transfer to the B.Sc.?

When students make their application for an inter/intra faculty transfer into the Faculty of Science you will first indicate a group and then the Major/Subject within the group. It is important that you apply to the group that interests you the most, because if you are admitted to that group you will be able to register for any Major within that group only. For example, if you are admitted to the Major "Chemistry" within the group "Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science", you would be able to register either in Chemistry or any of the other Majors in that same group. You would also be able to switch between Majors in the same group after you have begun your studies. You also could, after some time studying in one Major, change to a Major in another group by means of an Intra-faculty transfer application. Such transfers will be granted based on academic achievement and space availability in the programs.

There are 3 program groups under the Faculty of Science:
For information on the groups and the programs within them, see our Science at McGill page.

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences:  (not available for Winter 2015 transfer)

Applicants must have completed:

    • Two (2) of the following Math courses:
      MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134
    • BIOL 112
    • One of PHYS 101/131 or PSYC 100
    • CHEM 120

The Math courses require a minimum grade of B-
BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or PSYC courses require a minimum grade of B
The minimum CGPA is 3.00

  • Students entering U2: A minimum of 9 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with a minimum grade of B in each course.
  • Students entering U3 with 84 or more credits* are no longer eligible to apply to transfer into the B.Sc. or into the B.A.&Sc.). See further information above (under New Policy).
  • Students entering U3 with less than 84 credits: You must have completed a minimum of 24 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with an average GPA of 3.0 in these credits with no grade below "C".

NOTE: The minimum requirement does not guarantee acceptance, as this is dependent on space available in the group. Space in this group is very limited. Two years ago (Fall 2010 admission) we had over 180 transfer applications to the Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group, and were only able to accept about 30. The CGPA cut-off was about 3.70.  Last year (Fall 2011 admission) we had over 200 transfer applications to the Biological, Biomedical and Life Science Group, and were able to accept about 75.  The CGPA cut-off was about 3.50.

Neuroscience: (not available for Winter 2015 transfer)

Applicants must have completed:

    • Two (2) of the following Math courses:
      MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134
    • BIOL 112
    • One of PHYS 101/131 or PSYC 100
    • CHEM 120

The Math courses require a minimum grade of B-
BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or PSYC courses require a minimum grade of B
The minimum CGPA is 3.00

  • Students entering U2: A minimum of 9 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with a minimum grade of B in each course.
  • Students entering U3 with 84 or more credits* are no longer eligible to apply to transfer into the B.Sc. or into the B.A.&Sc.). See further information above (under New Policy).
  • Students entering U3 with less than 84 credits: You must have completed a minimum of 24 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with an average GPA of 3.0 in these credits with no grade below "C".

NOTE: The minimum requirement does not guarantee acceptance, as this is dependent on space available in the group.

Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Science:

Applicants must have complete:

    • Two; (2) of the following Math courses:
      MATH 139/140/150, MATH 141/151 or MATH 133/134
    • One of PHYS 101/131 or COMP 202
    • Two of PHYS 102/142; CHEM 110, CHEM 120, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, ESYS 104 or a third MATH from the list above

The Math courses require a minimum grade of B-
PHYS, CHEM, COMP, BIOL and ESYS courses require a minimum grade of B
Minimum CGPA of 3.00

  • Students entering U2: A minimum of 9 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with a minimum grade of B in each course.
  • Students entering U3 with 84 or more credits* are no longer eligible to apply to transfer into the B.Sc. or into the B.A.&Sc.). See further information above (under New Policy).
  • Students entering U3 with less than 84 credits: You must have completed a minimum of 24 credits which can be applied to the proposed program, with an average GPA of 3.0 in these credits with no grade below "C".

NOTE: The minimum requirements do not guarantee acceptance, as this is dependent on space available in the group.

Any inter/intra faculty transfer applicant who does not meet the minimum transfer criteria must submit a letter of appeal (which should not be longer than one page) with the electronic application. Enter the appeal in the comments area of the electronic application outlining the following:

  • any reasons which may have contributed to your performance
  • steps you have taken or plan to take to improve your academic performance

If applicable, send any supporting documents separately to the SOUSA Office.

 

What happens to my credits and average if I transfer?

Applicants accepted for transfer into the B.A.& Sc. will normally receive credit for all Arts and Science courses completed in the previous faculty and up to 30 credits in certain designated programs that include a number of Required and Complementary courses in other faculties. The calculation of the CGPA will continue in the new Faculty reflecting all grades including D, F's and J's. If admission conditions differ from the above this will be explained in the acceptance email.

Applicants accepted for transfer into the B.Sc. will receive credits for all courses completed in the Faculty of Arts as well as up to 18 credits of approved courses outside Arts and Science (some exceptions may occur; each applicant is assessed individually). The CGPA will continue in the new Faculty reflecting all grades including D, F's and J's. If admission conditions differ from the above this will be explained in the acceptance email.

When and how will I be notified of the decision?

Decisions on applications are made only after receipt of all documents. Normally, if we have all the required documents, you will be notified in June or July via your McGill e-mail account to view the response in your electronic application.

What do I do after I have been accepted?

You must accept or decline the transfer electronically: select "offer accepted" in the online application form. We will not adjust your record to reflect the transfer unless you have formally accepted the conditions of your transfer. If you accept, make appropriate advising appointments with program advisers.

What can I do if I have been refused?

If your application to transfer has been refused, read your refusal e-mail or letter carefully. If you have any questions, please send e-mail to the mary [dot] gauthier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Inter-Faculty Transfer Coordinator)

How can I obtain additional advice?

Students wishing to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts and Science or Bachelor of Science for Winter 2015 may see Mary Gauthier, either during drop-in hours which are posted on our SOUSA website, to obtain a drop in card, please go to Room 405 in Dawson Hall. Appointments can also be made by going to Room 405, and request an appointment with Mary Gauthier, or by mary [dot] gauthier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) or telephone at 514-398-1368.