Transfer Credits earned prior to McGill Registration
If you have completed university courses at another institution prior to your registration at McGill, you may receive advanced standing in your degree. As part of the admissions process, you must submit transcripts from all previous studies. If the university studies you completed prior to your registration at McGill are not accurately recorded on your Minerva student record, please consult with Service Point to discuss any missing information.
An Admissions Officer will review your record and assign any eligible advanced standing credits as general (TRNS XXX) transfer credit as illustrated in “EXAMPLE A”.
If you were granted a lump sum of transfer credits as "TRNS XXX" upon your admission to McGill Faculty of Arts, you may wish to have these credits articulated in order to use them towards program requirements as illustrated in “EXAMPLE B”.
How do you transfer credits completed at another university, prior to your registration at McGill, towards your McGill BA degree?
Step 1: Ensure that you accurately declared all previous university-level studies on your admission application. If the university studies you completed prior to your registration at McGill are not accurately recorded on your Minerva student record, please consult with Service Point to discuss any missing information.
Step 2: Ensure that your previous college/university sends your official transcript to McGill.
Step 3: Wait for an admissions officer to process your general transfer credits and update them on your unofficial transcript in Minerva as per “Example A”. Your Minerva record will be updated by October if you were admitted for the Fall term, though in most cases the information will be showing on your record during the summer and prior to starting classes.
Step 4: Decide which programs of study you want to complete for your McGill BA degree. Review the Degree Planning Guide and meet with your departmental advisors to discuss whether courses completed prior to McGill can be used towards your program(s) of study.
Step 5: Use the McGill Course Equivalency System.
Search for the courses you took in the McGill Course Equivalency System to see if they have been already assessed for content equivalency.
When searching for a course equivalency, always include expired decision.
If a course is not on the Course Equivalency Database, submit a new request.
If it is expired, submit a re-assessment.
NOTE: You may not be able to complete this step until you have an active Minerva student record.
If the departmental program advisor assessed that the transfer credit articulated on your Minerva transcript includes courses that can be used toward a McGill program of study, you will need to have these courses assessed individually for course content using the Course Equivalency System. For instructions on how to use the McGill Course Equivalency system, carefully read the information under Transferring Credit, "McGill Course Equivalency" for an explanation of this process.
If a French-as-a-Second-Language course has been taken at another university, you must take a post-test at McGill’s French Language Centre upon your return and the result of the post-test must be received by studyaway.arts [at] mcgill.ca (Arts OASIS) before transfer credit can be assessed.
Step 6: Complete the Pre-Admission Transfer Credit form. Please note that it may take up to 10 working days to process, or longer, during peak periods. Please note that it's not necessary to add every university-level course that you took on this form, only the ones that will count towards the completion of your programs at McGill. If you have questions about this step, please consult Service Point.