Students who have completed courses at another accredited university/college or who have written AP, IB, A level, or French Baccalaureate examinations may be eligible for "Transfer credits" (also known as "Advanced Standing") which can be counted towards a McGill degree.
Prospective and new students: Learn more about Transfer Credit & Advanced Standing (who qualifies, when to apply, etc.)
Timeline for Advanced Standing Assessment
- Transfer credits for newly admitted students will be assessed and entered on the transcript by the central McGill Admissions Office, by early October at the latest. After the assessment, students will be able to view the transfer credits on their unofficial transcript on Minerva.
- Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their departmental academic adviser to review their previous university transcripts and determine whether any additional advanced standing credits may be granted.
- Students who have advanced standing/transfer credits should register in the courses indicated for Year 1 and then attend an advising session to confirm their course selection with a program adviser in their department. Bring unofficial copies of your previous transcripts.
- Students who have any questions about their transfer credits should contact their departmental adviser as soon as possible.
Deadline to Review & Request Adjustment to Advanced Standing
Students must request any changes to their advanced standing (and submit any official transcripts) by the end of the first term of their first year (December)*. Late record changes require supporting documentation explaining the serious reasons why the request was not made in the term of admission. Late requests will be assessed by ISA, and a fee will be charged for changes. See "Changes to Student Record after Normal Deadlines" in the University Program Calendar for more information.
*Fall 2020 Newly Admitted Students have been given an extension on the deadline till September 1st, 2021. You can find more information on the deadline and where to send your transcript here
Limitations on Advanced Standing
- Courses taken more than 5 years before the time of admission are not permitted in subjects where there have been substantial content changes, nor in any pedagogy courses specific to the Quebec K-11 curriculum. Courses more than 5 years old in other subject areas may be considered on an individual subject basis by the program director.
- A minimum of 60 credits must be completed at McGill in order to qualify for a McGill degree
Transfer Credit Self Assessment (Unofficial)
To estimate (unofficially) how many transfer credits might be granted, students can access the following resources.
- General transfer credit information and specific information about transfer credits for AP, IB, A level, or French Baccalaureate McGill Student Information website
- Established course equivalencies for students who have taken courses at CEGEP: CEGEP Courses Equivalency
- Courses at other universities that have already been assessed by McGill advisers: McGill Course Equivalency Database
- Compare the course descriptions for your required McGill courses to your previously completed courses. Once you have been admitted, if any are similar, you can submit the syllabus for review via the Course Equivalency Database, and make sure to discuss it with your departmental adviser.
- Transfer credit will be granted only for courses that are fulfilling your degree program requirements and are deemed equivalent to McGill University courses.
- Please note that advisers are not able to assess transfer credit equivalency or advanced standing for prospective students.
- Courses will only be eligible for transfer credit if the final grade earned is equal to or greater than the grade required to graduate from the host school (e.g. if the minimum requirement to graduate from the host school is a CGPA of 2.00 (C) then this is the minimum grade you must obtain)
- Grades of Pass (P) and Satisfactory (S) will not be approved for transfer credit
- If both a letter grade and a numerical grade appear on the transcript, the letter grade earned will take precedence over the corresponding numerical grade
- DISE students please use this form to request advanced standing transfer credits: Request for Transfer Credit Form