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Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits

You may be granted credit for courses passed with a grade of C or better at other universities, as long as you are within the number of credits imposed by McGill's residency requirements and program requirements in some faculties.

In general, a maximum of 60 transfer credits from other institutions may be granted. You need a minimum of 60 credits completed at McGill to qualify for a McGill degree. You must be in satisfactory standing in order to be granted the transfer credits. Courses with grades of C-, P, and S are not considered for transfer credits. The letter grades applied by the host institution take precedence over the numerical grades if both are provided.

Effective Winter 2011, students who participate in a formal university exchange will be eligible to transfer earned credits back to McGill if the grade earned in the host university course(s) is equal to or higher than the grade / CGPA required to graduate from the host university. The policy will apply to both elective and required courses.

You need to obtain approval from your Student Affairs Office for courses taken at other universities. In some faculties, you need to obtain approval from your Student Affairs Office as well as from your academic adviser before you take the courses, especially if the courses are part of your program requirements.

Grades earned at the host university for transfer courses are not entered on your McGill transcript and are not part of the TGPA or CGPA calculation.

For universities outside Quebec, it is your responsibility to ensure that the host institution sends an official transcript to the Student Affairs Office. You must submit all documents required for approval of your transfer of credits with your faculty at McGill within four months of completing your exchange program or study away. If you are studying at another Quebec university on an Inter-University Transfer (IUT) agreement, the host university sends your grade(s) to McGill automatically. For additional information, see Quebec Inter-University Transfer Agreement: McGill Students.

Transcripts for transfer courses must be received by the following deadlines:

Graduation Term Convocation
April 1, if your term of graduation is Winter Convocation in Spring
August 15, if your term of graduation is Summer Convocation in Fall
December 15, if your term of graduation is Fall Degree granted February, Convocation in Spring

Transcripts not received by the appropriate date are considered for the next graduation period only.

Note for the Faculty of Arts: The Arts Office of Advising & Student Information Services (OASIS) does not encourage you to participate in any type of study away or exchange in the last term of your final year (U3), as this will delay your graduation to the next graduation period.
Note for the Faculty of Engineering: The number of transfer credits granted will be limited to ensure that you complete a minimum of 60 credits of courses at McGill taken to satisfy your degree requirements, excluding those taken to satisfy the Required Year 0 (Freshman) courses listed in your program.

Revision, August 2012. Start of revision.

Note for the Faculty of Law: A limited number of the credits required for the B.C.L./LL.B. degree program may be obtained in appropriate courses offered by other McGill faculties or other universities, with the approval of the Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning) before registration. The total number of credits allowed under this regulation must not exceed six non-law courses and six non-McGill law courses.

Revision, August 2012. End of revision.

Note for the Faculty of Science (including B.A. & Sc.): The Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) does not encourage you to participate in any type of study away, or exchange in the last term of your final year (U3), as this will delay your graduation to the next graduation period.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2012-2013 (last updated Aug. 17, 2012) (disclaimer)