Online Education

Online Policy

A maximum of 6 credits of elective* courses taught through online education may be used towards your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Work degree at McGill. Courses taught through online education will only be considered for transfer credits under the following conditions:

  1. The course must be offered by a government-accredited, three or four year degree-granting institution acceptable to McGill. Consult our lists of approved institutions for Independent Study Away.
  2. The course must count for credit towards degrees granted at the host institution (i.e., not courses taken towards a certificate/diploma, Associate Degree or offered through Continuing Studies).
  3. Course must have a syllabus that includes, at a minimum, course objectives, readings, method of evaluation and method of delivery.
  4. Course generates a final grade that can be recorded on the host school’s official transcript.

Further Information

If you are seeking credit for a non-Arts online elective course, the Faculty administering the equivalent course at McGill must approve the method of delivery in the Course Equivalency System.

COMP, ENVR, GEOG, MATH, and PSYC courses are offered to students in the Faculty of Arts but are administered by the Faculty of Science at McGill, therefore, the Faculty of Science will decide if the method of delivery for these online courses meets their requirements for the granting of transfer credit.

The Faculties of Engineering, Law and Management currently do NOT allow students to take online, correspondence or distance education courses for credit towards a McGill degree, therefore, you will not receive transfer credit for courses that fall under these Faculties.

The combined total of regular course credits and online education course credits may not exceed the permitted maximum number of credits per term according to Faculty regulations.  See course load.

Arts courses taught through online education may not be used to complete program requirements, except on an individual basis when serious, documented circumstances warrant it. In such cases, prior approval must be obtained from your departmental academic adviser and the Associate Dean of Arts (Student Affairs). See Application Procedures below for more information.

Students registered for a McGill Exchange program may take not take online education courses during their study away term(s) to earn transfer credit and/or satisfy the minimum course load at the host university.

If you are an American student receiving US loans and wish to take an online education course, you are responsible for discussing the financial implications of this decision with the McGill Scholarships and Student Aid Office before beginning the online study away application process.


Eligibility

At the time of application and at the start of your study away term you must:

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 2.00 for the summer term and a CGPA of 2.7 for fall/winter terms.
  • Be currently registered in a Bachelor of Arts or Social Work degree.
  • Have a minimum of 12 graded McGill credits completed prior to the start of your study away.
  • Observe the course load policy.

Application Periods & Deadlines

Summer Term February 1 to July 15
Fall Term ONLY February 1 to July 15
Fall & Winter Terms February 1 to July 15
Winter Term ONLY September 15 to November 15

Application Procedures

If you are planning to take an online course at another Quebec University, you need to apply for a Québec Inter-University Transfer Agreement (IUT) course.

If you are planning to take an online course at a university outside of Quebec in the Summer term, you will need to apply for Independent Study Away in order to have the course assessed and considered for transfer credit. Please consult our website under the tab “Study away (Summer)”.

If you are planning to take an online course at a university outside of Quebec in the Fall and/or Winter term, you will need to apply for Independent Study Away in order to have the course assessed and considered for transfer credit. Please consult our website under the tab “Study away (Fall/Winter)”.

EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

If you have an exceptional circumstance and are appealing to have an online course count towards the completion of a program requirement, you must send your request for special consideration directly to the Associate Dean of Arts (Students Affairs). Please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for Independent Study Away and Complete the Course Assessment process as explained in the Transfer Credit Policy #6 Minerva Transfer Credit Assessment Form.
  2. Send an email to the assistant-adstudents.arts [at] mcgill.ca (Associate Dean (Student Affairs)) from your McGill email account explaining your exceptional circumstances.
  3. Your departmental program adviser must send an email to the assistant-adstudents.arts [at] mcgill.ca (Associate Dean (Student Affairs)) confirming that, by exception , this online course can be used to complete a program requirement in your program of study.

The Associate Dean (Student Affairs) will review your request and will advise you of the decision.