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Admission Requirements

For undergraduate transfer students



At Dalhousie, we value the education and experience that you bring to campus as a transfer student and we want to recognize your hard work. For admission, you need to meet the same course requirements as direct from high school applicants. You may have completed these courses at the grade 12 level or during your post-secondary studies. Competitive admission averages vary by program.

Transfer credit

If you have studied at a university or college that is recognized by Dalhousie, you may receive credit for course work already completed. You can view university and college work that has been assessed for transfer credit in the past on our Transfer Credit Equivalencies Table. If you are a current post-secondary student in Nova Scotia you may also find the MyTransferCreditGuide section of MyNSFuture useful. Please note that courses not appearing in the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Table may be eligible for transfer credit. To receive credit you need:

  • to have paid the $200 admission deposit
  • a final grade of 'C' or higher
  • a course that is equivalent to one offered at Dalhousie
  • a course that applies to your program of study
  • to have completed the course within the time period to transfer to Dalhousie

How does it work?

Apply to Dal

Confirm your offer of admission

After receiving an offer of admission confirm your place in the program by paying the $200 admission deposit. Your transfer credit assessment will begin after your deposit is received.  

Have your previous course work assessed

We will automatically review your previous academic work for potential transfer credit. If you do not need this review (common amongst students who are upgrading) please let us know at transfercredits@dal.ca. Generally, you need to complete at least half of your degree at Dalhousie.

If any of your courses are not listed on the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Table we will ask for a course description or course outline/syllabus. If you completed your courses outside the time period to transfer to Dal we will ask for more information.

For courses not appearing on the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Table please provide us with links to the course description or outline / syllabus on the school website or as emailed attachments to transfercredits@dal.ca. Emails must be forwarded from a school official to ensure the information is authentic.

If your outlines are not in English they will need to be translated by a certified translator. Wait until you hear what information is required before you begin translation.

Assessing transfer credits can take some time but we will work as quickly as possible to complete your assessment. You can help the assessment process by:

  • Submitting required course outlines as soon as possible after paying your $200 admission deposit

We will review each previously completed course for potential transfer credit. This can take some time because we need to:

  • determine a grading scale and credit weight
  • determine if any previous course work has already been assessed
  • determine what non-assessed course work can be reviewed
  • work with Faculties, Departments and Schools to review course descriptions and outlines

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Receive your transfer credits

When your transfer assessment is complete we will let you know which courses you will receive transfer credit for in your new program. The appropriate credits will be added to your student record.

Please remember to send in transcripts with final grades for any completed courses. For any in-progress courses please send a final transcript as soon as they become available.



Call the Admissions and Transfer Credit Team at (902) 494-2450 or email admissions@dal.ca or transfercredits@dal.ca

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