Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits

Year 0 (Freshman)

McGill University will automatically grant you transfer credit for which you are eligible. These transfer credits will be reflected on your McGill transcript. If you do not see your transfer credits reflected on your McGill transcript, please attend the Transfer Credit Session:

Date: Monday August 26th 2019
Time: 2pm
Location: McConnell Engineering Building, Room 204

Required Documents

  • Your unofficial student transcript(s) (GCE A Level results must include the course module numbers).  While your official results must be sent to McGill we use your unofficial results to determine your transfer credits.
  • Student copy of your latest Minerva transcript
  • Request for transfer credits (University transfers only)
  • Course descriptions (university or college courses only)

Select your basis of admission:

Quebec CEGEP (including French Baccalaureate)

CEGEP students receive up to 29 credits of advanced standing for CEGEP courses. As well, you may receive course exemption (but not additional credits). Practice will vary according to your faculty. ). French Baccalaureate students receive up to a maximum of 29 credits of advanced standing. For students that have completed Series S a minimum of 10/20 is required for mathematics and physical sciences courses.

French Baccalaureate (non - Quebec)

Students with a French Baccalaureate diploma who have completed Series S require a minimum of 10/20 for mathematics and physical sciences courses and you may obtain a maximum of 17 credits of advanced standing.

International Baccalaureate

Students with an International Baccalaureate diploma require grades of 5 or better on all Higher Level examinations and may obtain a maximum of 29 credits of advanced standing. Applicants who do not meet these criteria but have one or several marks of 6 or 7 and/or total points of 32 or more, will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement Examinations

Students with Advanced Placement Examinations require grades of 4 or better may obtain a maximum of 29 credits of advanced standing.

GCE Advanced Level Examinations

Advanced standing is granted for examinations taken through British, Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore and/or African Boards for: - Advanced Level (AL) and/or Advanced Subsidiary (AS) board examinations require grades of "C" or better; - Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Pre-U Priniciapl Subject examinations require grades of "M3" or better; - Caribbean Examination Council (CXC CAPE) examinations require grades of "III" or better.

Courses from other Universities

Credit may be granted for courses passed with a grade of C or better at other universities, up to the limit imposed by McGill residency requirements and program requirements in some faculties. Grades of C-, P (pass), S (satisfactory) are not acceptable for transfer credit. The letter grades applied by the host institution take precedence over the numerical grades if both are provided. Transfer students who are entering the Faculty on the basis of previous university studies will be required to attend the Transfer Credit Information Session and to meet their Department Advisors at the Advising Sessions during the first days of September to have their courses evaluated and the transfer credits determined.

Please refer to the following guide for approval of courses from other universities: PDF icon Transfer Credit Process Guide for University Transfers

Science placement examinations

(Year 0 Level Courses only)

Eligible only in term of admission: If you believe that you have completed the equivalent of one or more university-level mathematics or science courses, but do not have acceptable certification to that effect, you may be eligible to write admission placement exams in linear algebra, biology, chemistry, math or physics.

Please consult the Exam website for the registration form.


Special Notes:


  • Students are not allowed to repeat courses for which credits have been granted.  For assistance with course selection and reworking your course schedule once you have obtained Freshman transfer credits, please watch this registration video:  How to Rebuild your Course Schedule When You Have Transfer Credits.mp4
  • If you are completing a B.Eng. or B.S.E. degree, half of your program must be completed at McGill. The number of transfer credits granted can therefore not exceed 50% of the total credits for your program. Note that the total credits for your program includes those associated with the Required Year 0 (Freshman) courses.
  • If you are completing the B.Sc.(Arch.) degree, the number of transfer credits granted will be limited to ensure that you complete a minimum of 60 credits of courses at McGill taken to satisfy your degree requirements, excluding those taken to satisfy the Required Year 0 (Freshman) courses listed in your program.


For a complete list of course equivalencies, please visit the Transfer Credits and Advanced Standing webpage.