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On-Admission Transfer Credits (Newly-Admitted Transfer Students)

On-Admission Transfer Credits (Newly-Admitted Transfer Students)

Transferring from another Post-Secondary Institution

Assessment of Transfer Credits

The assessment of previous post-secondary studies for transfer credit is compulsory. Failure to comply with the stated procedures and/or resolve any outstanding obligations, such as the submission of additional documentation or the completion of departmental interviews, within your first registered session of degree studies will result in the refusal of further course enrolment.

Acceptance of Transfer Credits

Acceptance of transfer credits by the University of Toronto shall be based on the recognition that, while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, their substance may be virtually equivalent in terms of their content and rigour. Insofar as possible, acceptance of transfer credit should allow for the maximum recognition of previous learning experience in university-level courses.

Subject to degree, grade, course level, and program requirements, any course offered for credit by one Ontario university shall be accepted for credit by another Ontario university when there is virtual equivalency in course content.

Length of Process

  • Assessment response time varies depending on a number of factors such as whether or not the documentation in your file is complete, where your studies were completed (e.g. institutions outside of Canada will take longer), and the time period during which your request is received (e.g. mid-May to mid-August is our peak period).
  • Normally, a domestic assessment takes approximately 3-4 weeks and a foreign assessment up to ten weeks. The assessment of foreign studies may require students to attend interviews with departmental advisors. The assessment of three-year CAATs / CITALs diplomas may occasionally require interviews as well. 


  • There are limits to the number of credits that can be transferred depending on where the course work was completed and on what portion of a diploma or degree was completed.
  • Up to a maximum of ten transfer credits may be transferred. Transfer credits over and above the ten will be marked "extra" and will not count for degree credit. Please note that courses are credited towards a degree chronologically - the most recent courses taken will be marked "extra." 
  • Courses completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science as either a Special or Visiting student may be retained over and above the ten that are transferred from elsewhere. Faculty rules and regulations apply. 
  • A maximum of five transfer credits (4.0 at the 100-level and 1.0 at the 200-level) are transferred to applicants who have completed a degree or who have completed the requirements of a degree.
  • Up to a maximum of five transfer credits may be granted to candidates who have completed a three-year diploma at a College of Applied Arts and Technology or a College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.
  • Up to a maximum of three “generic” credits may be granted to students who have completed a two-year diploma program at a College of Applied Arts and Technology or a College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.
  • Please be aware that in order to meet program and degree requirements, transfer students may have to complete more than the minimum 20.0 credits required for a degree.


  • It is understood that no two institutions offer exactly the same courses. As long as the course is academic in nature (e.g. not clinical) and meets the criteria for courses offered here, it will probably be transferred. For example, a course in Dance would be not transferred but a course in the History of Dance might be considered.
  • An unspecified credit may be granted in cases where the content is appropriate for a specific discipline in the Faculty but does not have an exact equivalent (e.g. HIS1**Y – Introduction). In such cases, course exclusion may be noted excluding enrolment in the similar course.
  • A generic credit may be granted in cases where the academic content of the course does not fit in with a specific discipline but is appropriate for a particular area of study (e.g. LNG for course work in language; USP for course work of an interdisciplinary nature which does not fit into any specific genre).
  • Generic credits may be used towards BR classification with the exception of USP.
  • A generic credit may also be granted in cases where the academic content of the course is appropriate  for a particular breadth category. The five breadth course designators are:
      • CCR for breadth category  #1: Creative and Cultural Representations
      • TBB for breadth category #2: Thought, Belief, and Behaviour
      • SII for breadth category #3: Society and Its Institutions
      • LTE for breadth category #4: Living Things and Their Environment
      • PMU for breadth category #5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes
  • If you receive an unspecified half-credit with exclusion to the equivalent full-credit course, you have the option of enrolling in the full-credit course here and forgoing the half-credit transfer credit. In this case, the transfer credit would be listed as an “extra” credit and would not count towards your degree. Please click here for information on forfeiting your transfer credits.
  • Students who intend to enrol in a French Program and who have received unspecified FSL transfer credit (e.g. FSL1**Y) should take the French Placement Test to change their unspecified transfer credit to a specified credit. For more information, please click here.
  • With the exception of introductory courses that are normally listed as 100-level courses, the Faculty awards transfer credit at the same level at which the course is offered at the previous institution.
  • Where clear indication of course numbering is not available, prerequisite structure and/or course structure will be taken into consideration (e.g. length of papers). 
  • Course weightings can differ between institutions. Determination of weighting will be based on the number of credits required to obtain a degree.
  • You may not repeat a course for which you have already received credit or which is listed as an exclusion in your transfer credit assessment unless you are required to do so in order to meet a departmental program requirement (e.g. a minimum grade requirement).  The repeated course/exclusion will be designated as extra.


  • Normally, where 50% is the minimum passing grade, a final grade equivalent of 60% or more is required for transfer purposes. Only courses in which the final grade is at least one full grade higher than the minimum passing grade at the host institution and comparable to a "C-" in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto will be considered for transfer credit. 
  • If you have passed a course with less than 60%, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit for it if your cumulative grade point average is above 60%. Only one credit with a grade between 50-59%, however, may count for every five credits earned with final grades above 60%.
  • Grades achieved at previous institutions do not transfer.
  • However, all courses and grades completed through either UTM or UTSC are included in your Faculty of Arts and Science academic record. Faculty rules and regulations apply including maximums on the CR/NCR option for students transferring from divisions that offer the CR/NCR option.

Program Requirements

  • Admitted students who receive 4.0 transfer credits or more and who clearly indicated a choice of program on their application for admission will be considered for admission to their chosen programs or given further application instructions on their Transfer Credit Assessment letter. As a guide, refer to the list of admission requirements to some limited-enrolment programs for transfer students.
  • Admission to the University of Toronto does not guarantee enrolment in any specific courses or programs.
  • Students who are not eligible for admission to a Type 2 or Type 3 program at this time must select and enrol in a Type 1 program(s). Failure to do so will result in the refusal of further course enrolment.
  • Unspecified credits may be used to meet prerequisite or program requirements as long as permission is obtained from the relevant Program/Department Advisor.
  • Previously completed courses to which second-degree students receive no transfer credit recognition can be used to meet pre-requisite, program, or breadth requirements at the discretion of the department/office concerned.

Degree Restrictions

  • Students who hold a degree in Commerce, Business or Economics may not enrol for a degree in any of the Commerce programs.
  • The Faculty of Arts and Science will allow a maximum of six 100-level courses to be counted towards a degree. Any additional 100-level courses will be listed as “extra” and will not be calculated in the total credits required towards a degree. Please note that courses are credited towards a degree chronologically - the most recent 100-level courses taken will be marked "extra."
  • Students may receive more than one full-credit at the 300-level. However, only one such credit may be used to fulfil the 300/400 level degree requirement. Please consult The Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar for more information.

Application Process

  • Complete the on-line application.
  • Pay fee of $30.00.
  • Forward any outstanding documents to the Transfer Credit Section, Faculty of Arts & Science, 1006-100 St. George Street, TORONTO, Ontario M5S 3G3. Documentation includes:
    • official transcripts
    • course descriptions for domestic studies completed five or more years ago
    • course descriptions for foreign studies regardless of when completed.
  • Your previous studies are reviewed by a Transfer Credit Assessor/Officer in accordance with Faculty policies and, where appropriate, in consultation with Faculty members.
  • Once a decision is made regarding your transfer credit, an email notification will be sent with instructions on how to view your transfer credit assessment on-line. For newly-admitted students, all correspondence from this office will be sent to the email address you provide in the Transfer Credit Application. Please ensure that you check your email regularly.
  • Information on how to interpret your Transfer Credit Assessment

Final Note

It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of and adhere to the academic regulations and degree requirements as stated in the Calendars. Once you have been admitted, please ensure that you have read and understood all of the degree requirements. Should you have any questions concerning the requirements for degree or program completion, please consult your College Registrar or Program Adviser.

Click here to complete the Transfer Credit application.