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About IB transfer credit

Students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma will be granted up to 30 transfer credits for Higher Level subject results of '5' or better, dependent on the entering Faculty, see faculty and program rules.  Students completing individual IB HL diploma courses may be granted some credit equal to the equivalent course at McGill for final results of '5' or better, depending on the entering Faculty/program, see faculty and program rules.

To receive advanced standing, you must arrange for the International Baccalaureate Organization to send your final IB results directly to Enrolment Services. If you receive an exemption for a course but take it anyway, you will not receive McGill credit for it. McGill reserves the right to change the transfer credit recognition policy without notice.

Courses that qualify

Use the charts below to see if you have passed a course that is equivalent to a McGill course. If so, you may be exempt from that McGill course in accordance with faculty policy, and receive the number of transfer credits indicated in the chart. Be sure to to check all three charts to see if you qualify:

The faculty names have been shortened to fit the chart below — use this legend to interpret the abbreviations:

  • AES = Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • AR = Faculty of Arts
  • AS = Bachelor of Arts and Science
  • BNUR = Bachelor of Nursing
  • ARCH = Bachelor of Science Architecture
  • ED = Faculty of Education
  • EN = Faculty of Engineering
  • MG = Desautels Faculty of Management
  • NU = Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • SC = Faculty of Science

IB Math/Science Course list

IB Subject

McGill Course Exemption

Eligible Faculty/program Excluded

Entry
updated

HL BIOLOGY BIOL 111 and BIOL 112

AES**, ARCH, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG, NU

BNUR, EN

Feb-16
HL CHEMISTRY CHEM 110 and CHEM 120

AES**, ARCH, AR, AS, SC, EN, ED, MG, NU

BNUR

Feb-16

HL MATHEMATICS 

MATH 140
(B.Com.: exemption from MATH 122)

AES**, ARCH, AR, AS, SC, EN, ED, MG, NU

BNUR

Sep-14
HL Further MATHEMATICS
(for first exams in 2014)
MATH 140 and  MATH 133 ARCH, EN, MG BNUR Sep-14

HL Further MATHEMATICS
(for first exams in 2014)

MATH 140 and MATH 133 and MATH 203

AES** AR, AS, SC, ED, NU

ARCH, EN, MG, BNUR

Sep-14

HL PHYSICS PHYS 101 and PHYS 102  * 

AES**, ARCH, AR, AS, SC, ED, EN, MG, NU

BNUR

Feb-16

         
HL MATHEMATICS 
(for exams up to & incl. Nov. 2013)
MATH 140 and MATH 133
(BCom: MATH 122 & 123, exemption only)

AES*, AR, AS, SC, EN, ED, MG, NU

BNUR

 

* Engineering students who receive credit for PHYS 101 & 102 will not be required to complete PHYS 131 or 142

** AES students can view equivalent subject and course codes at AES Course Equivalencies


 

IB Language Course list
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

IB SUBJECT

MCGILL COURSE EXEMPTION

ELIGIBLE FACULTY/PROGRAM EXCLUDED

A

HL AFRIKAANS A TRNS LANG AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL ALBANIAN A TRNS LANG AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL AMHARIC A TRNS LANG AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL ARABIC A ISLA 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL ARABIC B ISLA 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

B

HL BELARUSIAN A TRNS LANG AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL BENGALI A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL BOSNIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL BULGARIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

C

HL CANTONESE B EAST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL CATALAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL CHINESE A EAST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL CLASSICAL GREEK CLAS 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL CROATIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL CZECH A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

D

HL DANISH A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL DANISH B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL DUTCH A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL DUTCH B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

E

HL ENGLISH A ENGL 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL ENGLISH B ESLN 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL ESTONIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

F

HL FINNISH A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL FINNISH B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL FRENCH A

FREN 1XX

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL FRENCH B

FRSL 1XX

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

G

HL GERMAN A GERM 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL GERMAN B GERM 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

H

HL HEBREW A JWST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL HINDI A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL HINDI B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL HUNGARIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

I

HL ICELANDIC A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL INDONESIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL INDONESIAN B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL INUKTITUT A EDEE 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL INUKTITUT B EDEE 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL ITALIAN A ITAL 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL ITALIAN B ITAL 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

J

HL JAPANESE A EAST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL JAPANESE B EAST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

K

HL KOREAN A EAST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL KOREAN B EAST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

L

HL LATIN CLAS 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL LATVIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL LITHUANIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

M

HL MACEDONIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL MALAY A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL MALAY B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL MANDARIN B EAST 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL MAORI A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL MODERN GREEK A CLAS 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

N

HL NEPALI A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL NORWEGIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL NORWEGIAN B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

O

P

HL PERSIAN A ISLA 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL PILIPINO A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL POLISH A RUSS 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL PORTUGUESE A HISP 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL PORTUGUESE B HISP 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

R

HL ROMANIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL RUSSIAN A RUSS 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL RUSSIAN B RUSS 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

S

HL SERBIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SESOTHO A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SINHALESE A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SLOVAK A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SLOVENE A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SPANISH A HISP 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SPANISH B HISP 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SWAHILI A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SWAHILI B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SWEDISH A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL SWEDISH B

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

T

HL TAMIL A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL THAI A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL TURKISH A ISLA 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

U

HL UKRANIAN A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL URDU A ISLA 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

V

HL VIETNAMESE A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

W

HL WELSH A

TRNS LANG

AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN

X

Y

Z


Other IB Courses

IB SUBJECT MCGILL COURSE EXEMPTION ELIGIBLE FACULTY/PROGRAM EXCLUDED
HL BUS.& MAN. BUSA 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, MG, SC ARCH, EN

HL COMPUTER SC.

COMP 202
(3 cr exemption)
AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC BENG-CIV, ARCH

HL DANCE

n/a   all

HL DESIGN TECH

TRNS 1XX

AR, ED, MG
(AES, AS, SC to be determined)

ARCH, EN

HL ECONOMICS

ECON 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)

ARCH

HL FILM ENGL 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, MG, SC ARCH, EN
HL GEOGRAPHY GEOG 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, MG, SC BSC-ARCH, EN
HL GLOBAL POLITICS POLI 1XX    

HL HISTORY (Africa & ME)

HIST 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)

ARCH

HL HISTORY (Americas) HIST 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH

HL HISTORY (Asia & Oceania)

HIST 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH
HL HISTORY (Europe) HIST 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH
HL HISTORY (Islamic World) ISLA 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH
HL ITGS SOCI 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH
HL MUSIC MUAR 1XX AES, AR, AS, SC, ED, MG ARCH, EN
HL PHILOSOPHY PHIL1 XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH
HL PSYCHOLOGY PSYC 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH
HL SOC.CUL.ANTH. ANTH 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, SC
(Engineering: max of 3 credits)
ARCH
HL THEATRE ARTS ENGL 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, MG, SC ARCH, EN
HL VISUAL ARTS EDEA 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, MG SC, ARCH, EN
HL WORLD RELIGIONS RELI 1XX AES, AR, AS, ED, MG, SC ARCH, EN