International Baccalaureate

About IB transfer credit

Students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma will be granted up to 30 transfer credits.  The actual amount of credit granted is based on the IB Higher Level (HL) subject selection, final HL subject results of '5' or better, and on the entering program at McGill (see faculty and program rules). See the faculty/program-specific table below to view the amount of credit you will receive.  

Students NOT completing the full IB Diploma, but who complete individual IB Higher Level (HL) diploma courses (formerly certificates) may be granted credit for final results of '5' or better, equal to the equivalent course at McGill and dependent on the entering faculty and program rules. Note that most non-math/non-science subjects will grant 6 credits per subject.

To be eligible for advanced standing, you must arrange for your final IB results to be sent directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization to McGill's Enrolment Services.

If you receive an exemption for a subject, but decide to take the course at McGill, you will not receive credit for the McGill course and it will not be calculated into your McGill GPA.

McGill reserves the right to change the transfer credit recognition policy without notice.

 

The number of credits you will be granted

Program/Faculty you are entering at McGill

IB Diploma

(based on minimum three Higher Level (HL) subjects  with final results of ‘5’ or better)

You will be granted:

(unless your HLs include a subject for which no credit is granted (see charts below)

Additional comments

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (AES),
incl. Bioresource Engineering, Food Science, Human Nutrition

At least 3 HL with '5' or better, including 2 HL from biology, chemistry, math, physics

30 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

At least 3 HL with '5' or better, including 1 HL from biology, chemistry, math, physics, and 2 HL non-math/non-science

28 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

Arts (B.A.)

 

30 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

Architecture (B.Sc.Arch.)

Credits are granted for equivalent math and science subjects only

Dependent on the HL math/science subjects completed

See chart below for specific exemptions

Bachelor of Arts & Science
(B.A.& Sc.)

 

30 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

Education (B.Ed.)

 

30 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

Engineering (B.Eng.)

Credits are granted for equivalent math and science subjects, as well as one social science subject as per the chart

Dependent on the HL math/science completed

See chart below for specific exemptions

Kinesiology (B.Sc.Kines.)

Note: This program allows a maximum of 14 credits for non-math/non-science

All 3 HL are in biology, chemistry, math, or physics
OR
2 HL in chemistry & physics

30 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

At least 3 HL with '5' or better. 2 of the HL subjects are in biology and chemistry or physics

28 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

Other than the above

23, 22, 20, 17  or 14 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

Management (B.Com.)

If HL Math completed

30 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

If SL Mathematics completed

27 credits

See chart below for specific exemptions

Nursing (B.Sc.N.)

Credits are granted for equivalent math and science subjects, plus a possible 6 elective credits.

Dependent on the HL math/science completed

See chart below for specific exemptions

Science (B.Sc.)

At least 3 HL with '5' or better, including 2 HL from biology, chemistry, math, physics, psychology, computer science

30 credits

See chart below for specific McGill course exemptions

At least 3 HL with '5' or better, including 1 HL from biology, chemistry, math, physics, psychology, computer science
and 2 HL non-math/non-science

 28 credits

See chart below for specific McGill course exemptions

 

 

Subjects that qualify

Use the charts below to see if you have passed an IB subject that is equivalent to a McGill course. If so, you may be exempt from that McGill course in accordance with faculty policy and you will be granted transfer credits. Be sure to check all three charts to see if you qualify:

The faculty names have been shortened to fit the chart below — use this legend to interpret the abbreviations:

  • AES = Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • AR = Faculty of Arts
  • ARCH = Bachelor of Science Architecture
  • AS = Bachelor of Arts and Science
  • BNUR = Bachelor of Nursing
  • ED = Faculty of Education
  • ​EN = Faculty of Engineering
  • MG = Desautels Faculty of Management
  • NU = Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • SC = Faculty of Science

IB math/science subject list

IB Subject

McGill Course Exemption

Eligible Faculty/Program

Entry Updated

HL BIOLOGY BIOL 111 and BIOL 112

 

AES**, AR, AS, ED, MG, NU, SC

BEng-BioEngineering only: 3 credits for BIOL 112 (as of June 2017)

Feb-16
HL CHEMISTRY CHEM 110 and CHEM 120

 

AES**, AR, ARCH, AS, EN, ED, MG, NU, SC, 
(BEng-Computer, Electrical, Software: CHEM 120 only)

Feb-16

HL MATHEMATICS
(for exams up to & incl. Nov. 2020)

MATH 140
(B.Com.: exemption from MATH 122)

AES**, ARCH, AR, AS, SC, EN, ED, MG, NU

Sep-14
HL Further MATHEMATICS
(for first exams in 2014)
MATH 140 and  MATH 133 ARCH, EN, MG Sep-14

HL Further MATHEMATICS
(for first exams in 2014)

MATH 140 and MATH 133 and MATH 203

AES** AR, AS, ED, NU, SC

Sep-14

HL MATHEMATICS: Analysis & approaches
(for first exams in May 2021)
MATH 140 AES**, ARCH, AR, AS, SC, EN, ED, MG, NU Feb-19
HL MATHEMATICS: Applications & interpretation
(for first exams in May 2021)
MATH 122 AR, ED, MG Feb-19
HL MATHEMATICS: Applications & interpretation
(for first exams in May 2021)
MATH 203 AES**, AR, AS, ED, NU, SC, Feb-19
HL PHYSICS PHYS 101 and PHYS 102  * 

AES**, ARCH, AR, AS, ED, EN, MG, NU, SC, 

Feb-16

       
HL MATHEMATICS 
(for exams up to & incl. Nov. 2013)
MATH 140 and MATH 133
(BCom: MATH 122 & 123, exemption only)

AES*, AR, ARCH, AS, EN, ED, MG, NU, SC

 

* Engineering (including B.Sc.Arch) students who receive credit for PHYS 101 & 102 will not be required to complete PHYS 131 or 142

** Students at Macdonald Campus can view equivalent subject and course codes at AES Course Equivalencies


 

IB language subject list
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

IB Subject

McGill Course Exemption

Excluded Faculty/Program Entry Updated

A

HL AFRIKAANS A TRNS LANG ARCH, EN  
HL ALBANIAN A TRNS LANG ARCH, EN  
HL AMHARIC A TRNS LANG ARCH, EN  
HL ARABIC A ISLA 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL ARABIC B ISLA 1XX EN Jun-2020

B

HL BELARUSIAN A TRNS LANG ARCH, EN  
HL BENGALI A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL BOSNIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL BULGARIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

C

HL CANTONESE B EAST 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL CATALAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL CHINESE A EAST 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL CLASSICAL GREEK CLAS 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL CROATIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL CZECH A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

D

HL DANISH A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL DANISH B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL DUTCH A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL DUTCH B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

E

HL ENGLISH A ENGL 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL ENGLISH B ESLN 1XX ARCH, EN  
HL ESTONIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

F

HL FINNISH A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL FINNISH B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL FRENCH A

FREN 1XX

EN Jun-2020
HL FRENCH B

FRSL 1XX

EN Jun-2020

G

HL GERMAN A GERM 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL GERMAN B GERM 1XX EN Jun-2020

H

HL HEBREW A JWST 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL HINDI A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL HINDI B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL HUNGARIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

I

HL ICELANDIC A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL INDONESIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL INDONESIAN B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL INUKTITUT A EDEE 1XX ARCH, EN  
HL INUKTITUT B EDEE 1XX ARCH, EN  
HL ITALIAN A ITAL 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL ITALIAN B ITAL 1XX EN Jun-2020

J

HL JAPANESE A EAST 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL JAPANESE B EAST 1XX EN Jun-2020

K

HL KOREAN A EAST 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL KOREAN B EAST 1XX EN Jun-2020

L

HL LATIN CLAS 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL LATVIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL LITHUANIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

M

HL MACEDONIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL MALAY A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL MALAY B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL MANDARIN B EAST 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL MAORI A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL MODERN GREEK A CLAS 1XX EN  

N

HL NEPALI A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL NORWEGIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL NORWEGIAN B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

O

P

HL PERSIAN A ISLA 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL PILIPINO A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL POLISH A RUSS 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL PORTUGUESE A HISP 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL PORTUGUESE B HISP 1XX EN Jun-2020

R

HL ROMANIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL RUSSIAN A RUSS 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL RUSSIAN B RUSS 1XX EN  

S

HL SERBIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SESOTHO A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SINHALESE A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SLOVAK A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SLOVENE A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SPANISH A HISP 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL SPANISH B HISP 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL SWAHILI A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SWAHILI B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SWEDISH A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL SWEDISH B

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

T

HL TAMIL A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL THAI A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL TURKISH A ISLA 1XX ARCH, EN  

U

HL UKRANIAN A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  
HL URDU A ISLA 1XX EN Jun-2020

V

HL VIETNAMESE A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

W

HL WELSH A

TRNS LANG

ARCH, EN  

X

Y

Z


Other IB subjects

IB Subject McGill Course Exemption Excluded Faculty/Program Entry Updated
HL BUS.& MAN. BUSA 1XX  ARCH, EN  

HL COMPUTER SC.

COMP 202
(3 cr exemption)
BENG-CIV Jun-2020

HL DANCE

n/a all (not accepted for exemption)  

HL DESIGN TECH

TRNS 1XX

ARCH, EN

 

HL ECONOMICS

ECON 1XX

(Engineering: max of 3 credits)

Jun-2020
HL FILM ENGL 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL GEOGRAPHY GEOG 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL GLOBAL POLITICS POLI 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020

HL HISTORY (Africa & ME)

HIST 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL HISTORY (Americas) HIST 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020

HL HISTORY (Asia & Oceania)

HIST 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL HISTORY (Europe) HIST 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL HISTORY (Islamic World) ISLA 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL ITGS SOCI 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL MUSIC MUAR 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL PHILOSOPHY PHIL1 XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL PSYCHOLOGY PSYC 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL SOC.CUL.ANTH. ANTH 1XX (Engineering: max of 3 credits) Jun-2020
HL SPORTS, EXERCISE, HEALTH SC EDKP 1XX ARCH, EN  
HL THEATRE ARTS ENGL 1XX EN Jun-2020
HL VISUAL ARTS EDEA 1XX ARCH, EN, SC  
HL WORLD RELIGIONS RELG 1XX EN Jun-2020

 

 

 

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