Inter-faculty Transfer

The Faculty of Arts welcomes transfer applications from students of other McGill faculties who have not graduated.

Inter-Faculty Transfer Deadlines
Degree Application Open Application Deadline
BA March 4 June 1

BSW

April 1 May 1

The effective term of the transfer is the following fall. There are no inter-faculty transfers for the winter term.


For the BA transfers, please read the steps below to ensure your application for inter-faculty transfer is successfully submitted. Please refer to Transfer to B.S.W. for further information on transferring to the BSW degree.

To review the transfer process in detail, click on the steps below and consult the Inter-Faculty Transfer Checklist. Please note this is the same process for intra-faculty transfers.

Before submitting an Inter-Faculty Transfer application: Know the B.A. degree, the program options, and the transfer rules and regulations

Am I eligible to apply for an inter-faculty transfer to the BA degree?

You qualify if:

  • You are a McGill student and are currently registered in an undergraduate degree program in a different Faculty and will not be graduating from that degree
  • You are a McGill student who was previously registered in an undergraduate degree program in a different Faculty and have not graduated from that degree

You do not qualify if:

  • You have graduated or are graduating from your current faculty and would like to complete the BA degree as a 2nd undergraduate degree. If this applies to you, you must apply through Enrolment Services
  • You were never registered in an undergraduate degree program at McGill (for example, you were registered in a program offered by Continuing Studies or you studied at McGill as a visiting, exchange or special student) and wish to complete a BA degree. If this applies to you, you must apply through Enrolment Services

Do I meet the requirements to get approved for a transfer to the BA degree?

  • You have a CGPA of 3.00 or greater in your current faculty, including your current winter term
  • Your CGPA is below 3.00 in your current faculty after your current winter term, you have been at McGill for not more than one year (two terms) and you have completed a minimum of 9 credits of Arts courses with grades of B or better
  • Your CGPA is below 3.00 in your current faculty after your current winter term, you have been at McGill for more than one year (two terms) and you have completed a minimum of 18 credits of Arts course with grades of B or better

Important Notes

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the BA degree.

Arts courses are courses offered by departments in the Faculty of Arts and courses offered by the following Science departments which offer Major Concentrations as part of the BA degree: Computer Science (COMP), Environment (ENVR), Geography (GEOG), Mathematics & Statistics (MATH), and Psychology (PSYC).

Have I reviewed the structure and requirements of a BA degree?

Have I assessed the number of credits which will be transferred over to the BA degree?

Your academic standing after the Winter term is satisfactory

  • You will retain your pre-McGill advanced standing (a maximum of 30 credits for A-levels, IB, French Baccalaureate, CEGEP, AP exam; a maximum of 60 credits for university transfers)
  • You will retain a maximum of 30 credits of non-Arts or Science courses completed under your previous Faculty. If you transfer from the B.A. & Sc. degree or the B.Sc. degree, you will be permitted to transfer a maximum of 12 non-Arts or Science courses.
  • You will retain credit for all Arts and Science courses completed under your previous Faculty.

Your academic standing after the Winter term is below 2.0

  • You will retain your pre-McGill advanced standing (a maximum of 30 credits for A-levels, IB, French Baccalaureate, CEGEP, AP exam; a maximum of 60 credits for university transfers)

You will be be given three transfer options:

OPTION 1 (the default)

Re-start your CGPA; i.e. a fresh start in Arts. With the exception of any advanced standing granted at the time of your original admission to McGill, all courses completed at McGill or elsewhere, including Arts courses, will be excluded from the credit totals and the GPA calculations. The code “EXC” will be added to all courses completed while you were in your previous degree. This option will be implemented automatically when you accept our offer of admission. No further action on your part is required if you wish to select Option 1.

 

OPTION 2

Keep your CGPA and all credits completed, including Arts and non-Arts courses (up to 30 credits non-Arts or Science courses or 12 non-Arts or Science courses if you transfer from the B.A. & Sc. degree or the B.Sc. degree). Any advanced standing granted at the time of your original admission to McGill will remain. The CGPA from your previous degree will continue into your BA degree.

OPTION 3

Keep your CGPA and all credits completed from Arts-program courses* only, regardless of the grade; however, exclude all completed non-Arts courses. Also, any Arts-program courses* completed at other universities will be permitted as transfer credits toward the BA. Any advanced standing granted at the time of your original admission to McGill will remain.

* Arts-program courses are courses offered by departments in the Faculty of Arts and courses offered by the following Science departments which offer Majors in the BA degree: Computer Science (COMP), Environment (ENVR), Geography (GEOG), Mathematics and Statistics (MATH) and Psychology (PSYC).

I have applied and been accepted for a study away or exchange program by my current Faculty. Can I still participate if I transfer to the BA degree?

If you have accepted an offer to participate in an exchange program or independent study away for the coming academic year under your current faculty, please note that the approval will not automatically transfer to the BA degree. You must consult with the Study Away Coordinator in the Arts OASIS, Ms. Anne Nudo, before accepting an offer of transfer to the BA degree to determine whether you can still participate in the exchange/study away program as a BA degree student. You can meet with Ms. Nudo during her drop-in hours (the schedule is available on the Arts OASIS website.

I want to transfer to the B.A. Degree: what is the application process?

  1. Submit a Minerva Application Form

    Log into Minerva and click on Student Records Menu, then Faculty Transfer/Readmission Menu
    - If you are currently-registered in a non-Arts undergraduate degree, select the "Request for Inter-faculty Transfer" option
    - If you are not currently-registered in a non-Arts undergraduate degree, select the "Request for Readmission" option
    - If you are currently-registered in the BSW undergraduate degree, select the "Request for Intra-faculty Transfer" option
    Important Notes:
    Please submit only one application even if you are considering more than one Arts department for your major or honours program. After you are admitted to Arts you will be able to change your major yourself using Minerva.

    If you are currently registered in Continuing Studies and you were previously registered in a McGill undergraduate degree program from which you did not graduate, you cannot use the Minerva application form. Instead, you must submit your application to transfer by sending an email to the transfer.arts [at] mcgill.ca (Arts Inter-faculty Transfer Coordinator)
  2. Include an appeal

    If your latest CGPA is below 3.00 you are required to include an "appeal" in the "Comments" field of your application. In your appeal explain why you do not have a CGPA of 3.00 or greater. Include any reasons which may have contributed to your performance and describe any concrete steps you have taken or plan to take to improve your academic performance. Write your appeal in the "Comments" field of your Minerva transfer application. Where necessary, submit supporting documents such as medical notes.

    Include a Study Plan: In the “Comments” field of your application please include a study plan. You plan should confirm the programs (Major/Minor Concentrations or Honours/Joint Honours programs), the remaining number of credits and an expected term of graduation. The Degree Planning page will help you prepare your study plan.

    Important Note: Applications without an appeal will not be processed if the CGPA is below 3.00.
  3. Send transcripts for advanced standing, university/college transfer credits and course exemptions

    If you received advanced standing or transfer credits/exemptions for exams or studies at other universities and you fall under any of the following categories:
    - you studied at another university prior to, or during studies in your current faculty and your current faculty is not Arts or Science
    - you will be taking courses at another university during the upcoming summer term
    - you interrupted your studies and during your absence completed courses at another university
    Important Note: You must arrange to have official transcripts sent to the transfer.arts [at] mcgill.ca (Arts Inter-faculty Transfer Coordinator). To be considered "official", transcripts must be sent to our office directly from your current faculty office or from the host university where you studied. If sent from your faculty office, a certified photocopy is sufficient. Applications missing any of these documents will not be processed.
  4. Wait for the Faculty Decision

    Faculty decisions are normally made during the months of June and July and will be entered on the Minerva transfer applications. An email will be sent to your McGill account notifying you of a "change of status" to your application. You must then log onto your Minerva transfer application to read the faculty decision, conditions and any attached documents.

    Important Note: In some cases the status may be changed to "file incomplete". Please read the details of what information or documents are missing and promptly follow through as requested. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will eventually be cancelled.

  5. Enter your Decision

    If you are offered admission to Arts, read the conditions of your acceptance in the "External Comments" field of your Minerva application and any attached documents. You must then "ACCEPT" or "DECLINE" our offer by the indicated deadline.

    If you accept our offer

    By accepting our offer, you also accept all conditions outlined in the Minerva module and attached documents. If you accept our offer, we will change your Minerva record to indicate "Bachelor of Arts" for the upcoming academic year within 5 to 8 working days.

    Once this change is made, you must log onto Minerva and navigate to "Student Records Menu" and to the "Registration Menu" to do the following:

    - indicate your Multi-track programs (Major and Minor Concentrations)
    - make course changes, if necessary
    - add or change your graduation term, if necessary

    If you decline our offer

    If you decline our offer, no activity will occur on your record and by default you will remain in your current faculty.

    If you have submitted transfer applications to several degrees and are still waiting to hear from your other applications, PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT OUR OFFER until you are certain that you wish to transfer to the BA degree. If our offer expires before you have been able to make a final decision, you can email the transfer.arts [at] mcgill.ca (Arts Inter-faculty Transfer Coordinator) once you have decided to transfer to the BA degree and we will renew our offer.

  6. If you have been refused

    If your application to transfer has been refused, carefully read the basis of refusal and any recommendations indicated on your Minerva transfer application. If you still have questions, send email to the transfer.arts [at] mcgill.ca (Arts Inter-faculty Transfer Coordinator).


How can I obtain additional advice?

If you have additional questions, re-read the information on this website carefully. Then you can email your questions to the Arts Inter-faculty Transfer Coordinator. Also remember to consult the Inter-Faculty Transfer Checklist.

All documents and correspondence relating to ARTS INTER-FACULTY TRANSFERS should be addressed to:
 

Arts OASIS: Office of Advising & Student Information Services

Dawson Hall, Room 110
McGill University
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 0G5

ATT: INTER-FACULTY TRANSFER ADVISER

Tel.: 514-398-1029
Fax: 514-398-2157
Email: transfer.arts [at] mcgill.ca