On-Admission Transfer Credits

On-admission transfer credits apply to new students who are transferring from another post-seconday institution.

U of T recognizes that what you learned at a different institution may be equivalent to U of T courses in terms of content and rigor. Therefore, transfer credits recognize your 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 should be accepted for credit by another Ontario university when the course content is equivalent.

Assessment of Transfer Credits

If you are transferring from another post-secondary institution, it is mandatory for you to have your previous post-secondary studies assessed for transfer credit. 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.

The time it takes to assess transfer credits 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 four weeks and an international assessment up to 10 weeks.

As part of the assessment process, you may be required to attend interviews with departmental advisors.

Application Process

  1. Complete the on-line application.
  2. Pay fee of $30.00.
  3. Forward any outstanding documents to the Transfer Credit office (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.

For more information, learn about how to interpret your transfer credit assessment, or contact the Transfer Credit Office.

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.

You may transfer up to a maximum of ten transfer credits. 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 & 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.


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 most likely be transferred. For example, a course in Dance would be not transferred but a course in the History of Dance might be considered.

Unspecified Credits

  • 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.

Generic Credits

  • 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.
  • 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.

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. In addition, the creidts are weighed based on the total number of credits required for a degree.

In some cases, courses taken at another institution may not follow a numbering convention. In those cases, prerequisite structure and/or course structure will be taken into consideration (e.g. length of papers). 

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.

For students transferring from UTM or UTSC, all courses and grades completed through either UTM or UTSC are included in your Faculty of Arts & 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.

If you are transferring courses from an intitution other than U of T, your grades from the previous institution will not be transferred. 

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 & 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%.

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.

It is important to note that admission to the University of Toronto does not guarantee enrolment in any specific courses or programs. You will still have to enrol in a program and complete the program requirements. 

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.

The Faculty of Arts & 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 Academic Calendar for more information.

Students who hold a degree in Commerce, Business or Economics may not enrol for a degree in any of the Commerce programs.

Upon arrival at the University of Toronto, students who intend to enrol in a French program should ask for a specific transfer credit (e.g. FSL221Y) to replace their unspecified transfer credit (e.g. FSL2**Y). The specific transfer credit will be determined based on the results of the French Placement Test. The test is mandatory for all students who register in a FRE or FSL course for the first time. It can be taken online or in the Multimedia Centre by writing to french.placement@utoronto.ca to make an appointment. The test must be taken before registration in order to ensure enrolment in the appropriate course.

Students who have attained an advanced level of French should also ask for a specific transfer credit since they may be able to obtain a credit for a higher-level course (FSL2 or FSL3).