Transfer Students & Transfer Credits

There are four categories of transfer students admitted to the BSW program:

Transfer students from other universities

  • Students who transfer into the BSW from other universities must have completed or will complete at least one year of studies or possess a completed degree (not a Social Work degree)
  • Transfer students from other universities are eligible to receive up to 18 transfer credits (with the possibility of up to 12 additional credits to a maximum of 30 transfer credits) from previously completed university courses (except freshman courses).
  • The actual number of transfer credits is determined by Enrolment Services at the point of admission and based on “official” university transcripts

Transfer students from a Social Work program from other universities

  • Students who transfer into the BSW from a Social Work program from other universities must have completed or will complete at least one year of studies
  • Transfer students from a Social Work program from other universities are eligible to receive up to 18 transfer credits (with the possibility of up to 12 additional credits to a maximum of 30 transfer credits) from previously completed university courses (except freshman courses).
  • The actual number of transfer credits is determined by Enrolment Services at the point of admission and based on “official” university transcripts

Transfer students from McGill University with a completed degree

  • Transfer students from McGill University with a completed degree are eligible to receive up to 18 transfer credits (with the possibility of up to 12 additional credits to a maximum of 30 transfer credits) from their previously completed degree
  • The actual number of transfer credits is determined by Enrolment Services at the point of admission and based on “official” university transcripts

Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfer students from within McGill University

  • This category pertains to Inter/Intra-Faculty transfer students from within McGill University.
  • These are students who have not graduated from their current undergraduate program and are transferring into the BSW program.
  • If transferring into the BSW from a freshman year (U0), these students must have completed 24 credits by the end of the current winter term.
  • Inter/Intra-Faculty transfer students are eligible to receive up to 18 transfer credits (with the possibility of up to 12 additional credits to a maximum of 30 transfer credits) from previously completed university courses (except freshman courses).
  • The actual number of transfer credits is determined by the School of Social Work at the point of admission and based on “official” university transcripts.
  • Transfer students who have completed or will complete at least one year of studies at another university, or possess a completed degree from another university or from McGill University. 

Courses can be considered as transfer credits?

  • Credits that can be considered for transfer are derived from courses already completed (prior to the BSW) at McGill University or at another university, whether taken as part of a completed or incomplete degree.
  • Normally, only courses with a grade of C or better can transfer.  See: https://www.mcgill.ca/oasis/away/transferring-credit
  • For courses taken at other universities, only courses assessed as equivalent to a McGill course can transfer
  • Transfer credits apply to elective, complementary, and required courses
  • Any course taken online with a final grade of C or better is considered for transfer credit but as Electives only, provided equivalency is established; due to the pandemic, it is possible that courses delivered via remote or online formats in winter, spring/summer and fall 2020 and winter 2021 are eligible for transfer credits.

Exclusions to Transfer credits

  • Grades of C- or less, Pass (P), and Satisfactory (S) is not acceptable
  • Inter/Intra-faculty transfer students from McGill University admitted to the BSW from the freshman year of a 4-year program must complete any remaining credits of their freshmen year during their first semester of the BSW.
  • The first 30 credits that comprise the Freshman year do not count towards the BSW program requirements, and cannot be counted as transfer credits.
  • Mature students are not eligible to receive any transfer credits derived from previously completed courses taken at another university or McGill University or from the two prerequisite courses needed as a basis for admission into the BSW program.

Planning for Transfer Credits for courses from other universities: Act Now!

Once an offer of admission is accepted, students who are accepted from other universities are asked to submit their final, official transcript. This should be done as soon as possible. To transfer the credits from courses already completed at another university, prior to the BSW, students will also need to establish that such courses are equivalent to courses offered at McGill University. Students are advised to secure a copy of the actual detailed course outline for the term and year in which the course was taken. For instructions on the transfer credit process, please see the BSW Transfer Credit Equivalency Form at: https://www.mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/formsmanuals

Planning for Transfer Credits for courses from McGill University

Once an offer of admission is accepted, students entering the BSW from McGill University with a completed or incomplete degree are not required to act. The School of Social Work will review and recommend credits to transfer into the BSW.

Transfer Credits, Courses/Term & GPA

  • Transfer credits do not appear in specific academic terms of study.
  • They function to reduce the total number of credits to complete the BSW program.
  • Transfer credits for courses taken at another university prior to entering the BSW are indicated on a student’s McGill transcript.
    • The grades received for these courses do not transfer, nor will the grades be included in the calculation of GPA
  • Transfer credits for courses taken at McGill University prior to entering the BSW (students admitted as Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfer or students admitted with a McGill degree) are indicated on a student’s McGill transcript.
    • The credits and grades received for these courses are transferred to the student’s BSW program and are part of the student’s CGPA.
    • Credits and GPA for courses that are not transferred are excluded from the student’s record.

 

 

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