Transfer credits for post-secondary applicants
The following is for students who have previously completed course work at the university, college or CEGEP level. If you are a high school applicant or current Dalhousie student, visit Transfer Credits for more information.
Courses eligible for transfer credit:
- Were completed with a grade of C or higher*
- Have been completed at a recognized post-secondary institution
- Are equivalent to a subject taught at Dalhousie
- Are relevant to your program of study at Dalhousie
*Please note: Due to COVID-19, courses completed during the winter 2020 term only, with a final grade of Pass/ Credit are eligible for transfer credit consideration. See the FAQ section below for more information.
Only a certain number of credit hours can be put toward your Dalhousie degree. For more information, see Section 7- Academic Regulations.
How to apply for transfer credits
Please note: 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.
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.
To locate your specific program in the Calendar, please click the link above and follow these steps:
- Select your appropriate level of study (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, etc.)
- Select the Faculty that offers your program.
- Select your program / major from the drop down menu on the right hand side of the page. Depending on the program, you may need to select a specific Faculty or School before you will see your program / major listed.
- Please note: Arts & Social Science and Science students intending to major in a particular subject will need to click on their faculty name twice (once in the list of all undergrduate faculies and then again on the next page in order to view the various majors offered by that Faculty.)
Step 2: Review the Transfer Credit Equivalency Table
Review the Transfer Credit Equivalency Table to see which of your courses have been pre-approved to transfer to Dalhousie. Pre-approved equivalencies that fit within your degree requirements will be added to your academic record during the initial assessment (see Step 5).
If you have completed course work that has not been pre-approved, you may be eligible for a departmental assessment (see Step 6).
Step 3: Apply for admission and confirm your offer
Once you've reviewed your eligibility to be considered for transfer credits, you must apply for admission into Dalhousie.
When filling out the application form, do not forget to indicated that you've previously studied at the post-secondary level. You must include all previous post-secondary institutions attended.
If you are successful and receive an offer of admission, you must confirm your admission by paying the $200 CAD admission deposit. Transfer credit request forms will not be accepted unless the deposit has been paid.
Step 4: Submit or confirm official transcripts
Typically, transfer credit assessments will be based on the most recent official transcript submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts submitted for admissions consideration can be used during the transfer credit assessment. In-progress courses will be granted pending transfer credits until a final transcript is provided.
Official English translations are required for any transcript not provided in English or French. The translator must be certified, and this should be indicated with a stamp or seal and signature on the documentation.
If you choose to submit an updated official transcript that includes new courses after submitting your initial or departmental assessment forms, you must complete a transcript reassessment form for the document to be reviewed for potential transfer credits. A transcript reassessment will extend the processing time for your request.
Step 5: Submit an initial assessment request form
Carefully read the instructions below before starting your Initial Assessment Request Form.
Submit this form if:
- You have an acceptance letter that indicates you are eligible for transfer credit consideration
- You have previously completed academic work at the university, college or CEGEP level
- You have been accepted to an undergraduate program (other than those listed below)
Do not submit this form if you:
- Are a high school student who has only completed higher-level course work (i.e. IB, AP, etc.). Visit Transfer Credits for further instruction.
- Have been accepted to Social Work, Dental Hygiene, the Diploma in Health Services Administration, a professional program or a graduate program. Please contact the appropriate Faculty for more information about how to request transfer credits.
- Have been accepted to Nursing under advanced-standing entry. You will be automatically assessed for transfer credits.
- Have been accepted as a non-degree/visiting applicant.
- Are a student at the University of King's College. Transfer credit assessments are coordinated directly by the King's Registrar's Office. Please contact Tara Wigglesworth-Hines at email@example.com for more information.
What to expect:
During the initial assessment, we will determine which courses are eligible for transfer credit consideration. Any courses with preapproved equivalencies on the Transfer Credit Equivalency Table will be added to your academic record if they fit within your degree requirements (see Step 1).
Courses that do not appear on the Transfer Credit Equivalency Table may not have been assessed by Dalhousie in the past. These courses may be eligible for a departmental assessment. Your eligibility for a departmental assessment will also be determined during the initial assessment (see Step 6).
Step 6: Departmental assessment (if eligible)
If you've completed coursework that doesn't appear on the Transfer Credit Equivalency Table, you may be eligible for a departmental assesment. You'll be notified via email if you are eligible and you will then be required to complete a Departmental Assessment Request Form. The form, along with further instruction on submitting official course information, will also be sent to you via email.
Submitting course information
Official English translations are required for any course information not provided in English. The translator must be certified, and this should be indicated with a stamp or seal and signature on the documentation. Execptions are made for non-English language and culture courses taken in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish, which can be evaluated by the department.
Most departments will accept course descriptions to review for potential transfer credit, but the following departments require a course outline or syllabus.
- Computer Science
- Food Science
- Health and Human Performance
- Health Promotion
- Indigenous Studies
- Leisure Studies
- Microbiology and Immunology
Possible outcomes of a departmental assessment
Once you return the completed form and the correct course information, the request will be forwarded to the department for review. You may receive one of three possible decisions:
- You may be given an exact equivalent credit for a Dalhousie course.
- The course may be assigned a general transfer credit equivalency. For example, an English course may be granted an ENGL 199X transfer credit. This means the course is equivalent to a first-year university level English course, but does not correspond exactly to any first-year Dalhousie English courses.
- The course may be evaluated as "no credit," meaning it is not equivalent or comparable to any Dalhousie courses.
During the departmental assessment, approved transfer credits will be added to your academic record. Students will be notified via email when departmental assessments are complete.
Transfer credit request forms and supplemental course information must be submitted before you complete your first semester at Dalhousie.
Incoming students are encouraged to submit request forms and supplemental documents as soon as possible.
Please note: if requests are submitted during peak period (Mid-May to August), processing may be delayed due to the volume of forms received.
Students may appeal decisions if new and detailed information about the course, that was not previously presented, becomes available. Appeals must be submitted within 30 days of receiving the original transfer credit decision.
To submit an appeal, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- Your Dalhousie ID number (B00)
- The course you would like reassessed
- The outcome of the original assessment (i.e. was the course granted a specific, general or no transfer credit)
- Type of new course information that is being provided
- Which course you are requesting credit for (if you are looking to receive credit for a specific Dalhousie course)
Appeal requests will be reviewed by the Assistant Registrar, Transfer Credits & Student Mobility. New course information will be sent to our Faculty for review. If no new or additional information has been provided, the appeal request may be declined.
The outcome of your appeal request will be sent to you via email.
Transfer credit terminology
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.
Internal transfers (current students transferring between degree programs)
Internal transfer students, who were eligible to receive transfer credits when initially accepted to Dalhousie, are eligible to be reassessed for potential additional transfer credits that may be awarded to a new degree program.
To start the process, students must submit an Initial Assessment Request Form (see Step 5).
Deadline: Transfer credit request forms and supplemental course information must be submitted before you complete your first semester in your new degree program.
Please note: If you have only completed courses at Dalhousie, you do not need to submit a request form. Courses from your previous program will be applied to your new degree program within 2-3 weeks. If you have additional questions, you can contact email@example.com.
Pending transfer credits
Pending transfer credits may be added to a student’s academic record for one (or both) of the following reasons:
- Pending transcript: We are awaiting your final transcript(s). Please arrange for your final official transcript(s) to be sent to Dalhousie's Registrar’s Office directly from the issuing institution once available. Visit How to submit documents for instructions on how to submit official transcripts.
- Pending waiver: Courses were taken outside of the degree completion timeframe for your faculty. If you would like these classes to apply to your degree, you must submit a waiver of an academic regulation form (refer to example #9) for approval.
Your academic record on Dal Online will confirm why your transfer credits are marked as pending.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I know which classes are applicable to my degree?
Academic advisors can provide general degree information and help you choose classes for your degree. Once your inital or departmental assessment is finalized, they can also discuss how approved transfer credits will apply to your degree. Review this website to confirm how students in your program can access academic advising.
Q: Are there courses Dalhousie will not assess for transfer credit?
Common classes we can't review for credit:
- Photography, drawing, painting
- Physical education
- English as a second language
- Co-ops or other experiential learning
- Project classes
- Military theory
Q: I’m an engineering student. How might accreditation affect my transfer credits?
Transfer credits for engineering design and engineering science courses will only be granted if the academic work was completed at a post-secondary institution and discipline that is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. For international institutions, they must be a signatory to the Washington Accord or ABET.
Students who have completed academic work at non-accredited institutions are only eligible to receive transfer credits for non-engineering design/science courses.
Students can only receive a maximum of 2 math (6 credit hours) and 2 science (6 credit hours) transfer credits for academic work completed in high school and/ or community college.
Q: What happens if I don’t provide the request form(s) form right away?
Initial and departmental assessments require 4-6 weeks each in order to be processed. Not submitting these forms with enough time to be processed may impact your ability to register for courses and plan your degree effectively. We encourage you to begin the assessment process as soon as possible.
Q: What should I do if my transfer credits won’t be finalized before my classes begin?
Review the Transfer Credit Equivalency Table to determine which courses have been previously approved to transfer to Dalhousie.
Meet with an academic advisor to determine which pre-approved will apply to your program and to discuss alternate course selection options if you have completed course work that has not been previously approved for transfer credit.
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.
Q: As a result of complications/challenges from COVID-19, I received a final grade of Pass/ Credit in one or more of my courses. Are these eligible for transfer credits
Courses completed during the winter 2020 term only, with a final grade of Pass/ Credit are eligible for transfer credit consideration. Transfer credits awarded for these courses will be added to a student’s academic record with a grade of TR and will not affect a student’s GPA at Dalhousie. These courses will be recognized as having a final grade that is equivalent to a D or 50%. Therefore, they may not meet the minimum grade requirements for some course prerequisites and/or degree requirements.
Students with a transfer credit that does not meet the minimum grade requirement for a course prerequisite(s) should consult with either the course instructor or their respective academic advisor as per the appropriate faculty processes to discuss the possibility of a course override. Course overrides will be granted at the discretion of the instructor / Faculty and may not be approved for all students. Please note, course override requests for courses offered by the Faculty of Management are reviewed by the Management Undergraduate Academic Advising Office, not by the course instructor.