Students who enter the BA degree with 24 or more credits of advanced standing will begin their degree in U1.
Students who enter the BA degree with 60 credits of advanced standing will begin their degree in U2.
Students who enter the BA in U1 or U2 are exempt from the Arts Freshman Program and can choose their Major/Minor/Honours programs when registering for their first semester.
Carefully review the First Year Guide to help you prepare for your studies in the Bachelor of Arts degree.
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 advisers to discuss whether courses completed prior to McGill can be used towards your program(s) of study.
Step 5: Use the Course Equivalency System. If the departmental program adviser 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, consult the Course Equivalency FAQS and #3 “Course Equivalency Assessment” of the Arts OASIS Transfer Credit Policy.
Step 6: Complete the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form. Once your courses have been assessed on the McGill Course Equivalency system, log into Minerva and complete the Transfer Credit Assessment Form found in the Study Away Menu. To access the request form, log on to Minerva and navigate to: Student Menu > Student Records Menu > Exchange/Study Away Menu > Transfer Credit Assessment. For instructions, select the word “HELP” in the upper right hand corner of the Minerva screen.
Placement tests for language courses
If you have taken a French-as-a-Second-Language course, you must take a post-test at the French Language Centre.
Step 7: Submit a Transfer Credit Articulation Form. Once you have completed the above steps, follow the link to the Transfer Credit Articulation Form to indicate that the process is complete and submit the request for processing. This may take 10 working days, longer during peak periods.
Please note that it's not necessary to complete the Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment form and the Transfer Credit Articulation form for every university-level course that you took - only for any course that will count towards the completion of your programs at McGill.