IB Applicants

Admission requirements

As an IB student, you must meet our general entrance requirements. If you are completing the IB Diploma you need at least 26 points (including bonus points) for admission.

IB Equivalent general entrance requirements
English 12 IB English SL or HL
Academic Math 12 IB Math Studies, SL Math or HL Math
Pre-Calculus 12 IB Math SL or HL
Chemistry 12 IB Chemistry SL or HL
Physics 12 IB Physics SL or HL
Biology 12 IB Biology SL or HL

University credit for IB courses

Select IB higher level courses, completed with a result of 5, 6 or 7, are eligible for transfer credit consideration. Please see the table below for a list of the IB transfer credits that Dalhousie currently offers.

Please note: the transfer credits a student receives may be impacted by the degree requirements of their program.

How to request IB transfer credits

Step 1: Review IB transfer credit table

Please note: Transfer credits are subject to change. Due to degree requirements, students in the Bachelor of Engineering program are eligible to receive a maximum of 12 credit hours of transfer credits. Please contact transfercredits@dal.ca or connect with an academic advisor for more information.

IB High Level course Dalhousie equivalent
Amharic A Literature ASSC 1999.06
Arabic A: Language and Literature ASSC 1999.06
Arabic A1 Arabic 3031.03
Arabic A2 Arabic 2999.06 (elective)
Arabic B Arabic 1020.06
Biology Biology 1010.03 and 1011.03
Chemistry Chemistry 1011.03/1012.03 or 1021.03/1022.03 or 1041.03/1042.03
Chinese A1 ASSC 1999.06
Chinese B Chinese 1031 and 1032
Computer Science Computer Science 1100.03 and 1101.03
Economics Economics 1101.03 and 1102.03
English A Literature

English 1000.06
English A Lang & Literature ENGL 1991W.03 and ENGL 1992W.03
Film Theatre 1999.06 (elective)
French A: Literature ASSC 1999.06 (elective) 
French A1 French 2999.06 (elective)
French A2 French 2999.06 (elective)
French B French 1045.06
Geography Geography 1030.03 and Geography 1035.03
German A: Literature ASSC 1999.06 (elective) 
German German 1010.06
Global Politics Political Science 1100.06
History: Aspects of the History of Medieval Europe and the Islamic World History 1999.06 (elective)
History: Aspects of the History of Africa History 1999.06 (elective)
History: Aspects of the History of the Americas History 1701.03 and 1702.03
History: Aspects of the History of Asica and the Oceania History 1999.06 (elective)
History: Aspects of the History of Europe and the Middle East History 1999.06 (elective)
Indonesian Language B ASSC 1999L.06
Information Technology in a Global Society Computer Science 1200.03 and 1999.03
Italian B Italian 2010.06
Korean A: Literature ASSC 1999.06 (elective) 
LAO A: Literature                 ASSC 1999.06 (elective) 
Latin Classics 1800.06
Mandarin B Chinese 1030.06
Mathematics Math 1000.03 and 1010.03 (will also fullfill Math 1280 requirement for Bachelor of Engineering students)
Music Music 1003.03 and 1004.03 (students may consult department for Music 1201.03 and 1202.03)
Philosophy Philosophy 1000.06 or 1010.06
Physics Physics 1280.03 and 1290.03
Psychology Psychology 1011.03 and 1012.03
Sociology Sociology/Social Anthropology 1000.06
Spanish Spanish 1020.06
Sports, Exercise and Health Science Anatomy 1010.03 and Kinesiology 1991.03 (elective)
Theatre Theatre 1999.06 (elective)
Turkish A: Literature ASSC 1999.06 (elective)
Theory of Knowledge Philosophy 2999.06 (elective)

Transfer credit is not offered for:

  • IB Art History
  • Business Management
  • English A2
  • Visual Art A
  • Visual Art B

Step 2: Submit transfer credit request

  1. Confirm your offer of admission by paying your admission deposit.

  2. Complete the IB Transfer Credit Request Form. You can submit your completed form before your final exam results are available. Pending transfer credits will be added to your academic record until an official IB diploma or certificate is received.

  3. Once your official IB diploma or certificate becomes available, arrange  to have it sent to Dalhousie's Registrar’s Office directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Transcripts submitted by a student’s high school are not sufficient for IB transfer credit consideration.

Please note: If you have completed post-secondary academic work, in addition to IB courses, please visit dal.ca/transfercredits for more information about how to submit a request form.


IB scholarships

IB diploma candidates are eligible for IB scholarships, along with general entrance awards for future undergraduate students. To be considered, students must submit anticipated IB grades.

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