Transfer Applicants


Notice for Summer and Fall 2020 applicants:

The transfer credit process is currently undergoing some changes. Please check back in January 2020 for more information about how to request a transfer credit assessment.

For Winter 2020 applicants:

As a transfer applicant, you must meet our general admission requirements. If you don’t currently meet these requirements, you may be eligible for one of our upgrading or pathway program.

You may also be eligible to receive transfer credits to go towards your Dalhousie degree.

Are you eligible for transfer credits?

To be assessed, you’ll need to:

  • Apply and be admitted to Dalhousie
  • Confirm your attendance by paying the $200 CAD admission deposit
  • Have completed the course within the transfer credit time period
  • Have achieved a final grade of “C” or higher in the course

How to apply for transfer credit

Carefully follow the steps below. Ensure any website links you provide in your request link directly to the individual course. 

You may want to delay registering for courses that are being reviewed for transfer credit. Registering may forfeit your ability to receive the transfer credit if it’s granted.

Please note: Internal transfer students (current Dalhousie students who are changing their degree program) will be automatically reviewed for additional transfer credits and are not required to submit a transfer credit request form.

Step 1: Review the Academic Calendar

To receive transfer credit your course must be relevant to your new program of study. Before you proceed, review the Academic Calendar to see if your courses can be applied to your Dalhousie degree.

Step 2: Review the Academic Regulations

Only a certain number of credit hours can be credited towards your Dalhousie degree. Review Section 7 of the Acadmic Regulations for more details.

Step 3: Download the transfer credit request form

Download the Transfer Credit Request Form [PDF - 427 kB]. Save the form to your desktop before completing it to avoid losing your progress if there's an error. 

Step 4a: Review the transfer credit equivalency table

Using the table on Page 1 (step 3) of the transfer credit request form that you just downloaded, create a list of the courses you would like to receive credit for. Refer to the Transfer credit equivalency table when completing the form.

Step 4b: Courses with no Dalhousie equivalent

For courses that don’t appear in the transfer credit equivalency table, use the table on Page 2 (step 4) of the transfer credit request form to complete the following steps:

1. If the course you’d like to receive credit for is part of the following departments, you’ll need to submit a copy of the course outline or syllabus.

  • Anatomy                   
  • Architecture
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Health
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Health Promotion
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Leisure Studies
  • Management
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Planning

Please note: A course description cannot be accepted in place of an outline or syllabus for the departments listed above. In other cases, course descriptions may be sufficient.

2. Ensure your request clearly states the course title and code, number of credit hours and the year you completed the course. If this information has changed from the current course offering, please arrange to have your previous institution confirm why it has changed.

If you need any of the above documents returned to you, please advise us at the time of submission. Otherwise this information becomes university property and cannot be returned.

3. If your course descriptions or course outline/syllabus aren’t in English, please arrange to have them translated by a certified translator.


Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I know which classes are applicable to my degree?

A student success advisor can help you and provide general degree information. Advisors can also help you choose classes for your degree. Contact for more information.

Q: Are there courses you will not assess?

Common classes we can't review for credit:

  • Photography, drawing, painting
  • Physical education
  • English as a second language
  • Co-op
  • Experiential learning
  • Project classes
  • Military theory

Q: I’m an engineering student. How might accreditation affect my transfer credits?

Engineering transfer credits will only be granted for previous academic work completed at post-secondary institutions accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board or, for international institutions, by a signatory to the Washington Accord or ABET.

Students who have completed academic work at institutions not accredited by the necessary board are eligible to receive transfer credits for non-Engineering courses only, which will be very limited.

Academic work completed in high school and/or college is restricted to receive a maximum of 2 math (6 credit hours) and 2 science (6 credit hours) transfer credits.

Q: How will I know when my transfer credits are finalized?

We’ll email you once we review your transfer credits. If you have questions contact or 902.494.2450.

Q: Why is my grade listed as “PEND” instead of “TR” on my Dalhousie transcript?

This means your mid-term transcripts listed the class as in-progress. When final transcripts arrive, your grade will change to TR if you achieved a grade of C or higher.

Q: What happens if I don’t provide the transfer credit form right away?

We receive many transfer credit applications between May and October. Processing your request will take time. Start your application as early as possible to receive your results as early as possible.

Transfer credit terminology

Course description

A brief outline of the material covered in a class, generally available either from the university or college’s website or academic calendar.

Course outline/ syllabus

Typically includes a course description, required textbooks, evaluation tactics, contact information for the professor, and other important course information. This is usually handed out to the class at the beginning of the course. You should be able to contact your professor who taught the class or the relevant department at your university or college to obtain a copy.

Transfer credit time period

Students have a specified time period in which to complete their undergraduate degree (varies by program, see Section 15 of the Academic Regulations). If the class you’d like to receive credit for was completed outside this time period, but meets all the other requirements, we’ll ask you to complete a waiver form.


If you have any questions, please contact the transfer credit team by phone 902.494.2450 or email


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