Course Syllabus Checklist

When requesting the evaluation of a course for equivalency at McGill, the course syllabus documentation must include information on the items below:

 List of requirements


The full name of the prior university or other educational institution (an identifiable logo may provide the necessary identification in some cases.) Documentation obtained from a website must include the URL of the source.


The syllabus must show the date (term and year) the course was taken.


Info required Details
Number of hours

One term or two term course?

Total number of hours (or hours/week plus number of weeks)

List of Topics Include the number of hours spent on each topic
Grading System Complete breakdown of course grade (mid-terms, final, oral, labs, tutorials, assignments...) with percentage weight for each

Books and Materials

Complete list of books or materials used throughout the course

Number of credits

Number of credits obtained upon the successfull completion of the course, Lab, and/or tutorial

TUTORIAL (if any)

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Mandatory or Optional Total number of mandatory hours


Info required Details
Number of hours Total number of hours in lab
List of experiments

(preferably with a short description)

Are these "hands-on" lab experiments, demonstrations, exercises, or problem solving sessions? Include number of hours in laboratory for each experiment

Performed singly, in pairs or groups of what number?

Lab grade Breakdown of Lab grade in terms of: technique, reports (how many), practical lab exam, quizzes


FOR ASSESSMENT OF OTHER COURSES for newly admitted students

Most other courses (those not covered in the previous section) are evaluated for exemption and/or credit by your Faculty Student Affairs Office or your department (after you accept the offer of admission, pay the confirmation deposit, and after official final results are received directly from your former university). The following information is required:

  • Student copy of transcript confirming completion of the course (usually with a grade of ‘C’ or better, or the equivalent),
  • The course outline and course syllabus (for advanced math and science courses, provide the same information as in the “List of requirements” above),
  • Faculty course approval form (available on your faculty website or from your Student Affairs Office).



Ensure the documentation indicated is completed and saved in single PDF file format. Visit the Course Equivalency FAQs for details on how to save your document as PDF. Once, you have all the required information, submit a request through our Course Equivalency System and upload the documents with your request.