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Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be granted when a course from another accredited post-secondary institutions is equivalent to a course in Daniels or the Faculty of Arts & Science. Be advised that transfer credits are not guaranteed and transfer students must take all required courses to which they are not awarded transfer credits.  The Daniels Undergraduate Academic Calendar should be carefully reviewed for degree and program requirements.

Transfer credit assessments are only completed after admission. Transfer Explorer is the University of Toronto’s transfer planning tool. Check the eligibility of course credits taken at other post-secondary institutions, or other University of Toronto divisions, for transfer to or within the University of Toronto.  

Transfer Credit for studies completed during high school

If you are admitted to Daniels from one of the secondary school curricula listed below, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for courses taken through your secondary school. You do not have to apply for transfer credit. After your official final results have been received by U of T, your secondary school courses will be assessed for transfer credit and you will be awarded any transfer credits for which you are eligible.

Program Requirements

Secondary school transfer credits count towards the total number of credits required for your degree and appear on your academic record. However, the grade you received in the course is not shown on your academic record and is not used in the calculation of your Grade Point Average (GPA). In some cases the transfer credit may be used toward program requirements. Visit the links below to find out if your transfer credits can be used towards your program requirements. 

Breadth Requirements

Transfer credits awarded for secondary school studies are all unspecified, but they may be used to fulfill your Breadth Requirements. If your transfer credit is assigned a Breadth Category, the Breadth Category will appear on your academic record. For example, if you received transfer credit for AP Environmental Science, your academic record will show ENV1**H "(BR=4)". This means that you received 0.5 credit at the 100-level for this course, and this transfer credit will contribute toward Breadth Requirement Category 4: Living Things and Their Environment. 

Equivalent Courses

In some cases, the unspecified transfer credit is considered as equivalent to a specific Faculty of Arts & Science course. In this case, the transfer credit will have a note indicating the specific course code. For example, if you received transfer credit for IB Higher Level Geography, your academic record will show JEG1**H  “100 (BR=5)” and GGR1**H “107 (BR=3)”. These transfer credits are considered as equivalent of JEG100H1 and GGR107H1. In addition, these transfer credits will contribute towards Breadth Requirement Category 5: Physical and Mathematical Universes and Breadth Requirement Category 3: Society and Its Institutions.

Even if your transfer credit is considered as equivalent to a specific course, you can still take that course during your undergraduate degree. If you received JEG1**H and GGR1**H in transfer for IB Higher Level Geography, you could still take JEG100H1 and GGR107H1.

Forfeiting Secondary School Transfer Credits

In some cases, you may not wish to keep the transfer credits you received from your secondary school studies.

There is no limit on the number of transfer credits that can be forfeited. You can choose to forfeit some or all of your transfer credits. However, if you wish to forfeit credits for a secondary school course, you have to forfeit all of the credits for that course. You cannot forfeit partial credits for one particular course.

If you forfeit a transfer credit, it will be removed from your academic record and will not count towards your Breadth Requirements or Program Requirements. Once a credit has been forfeited it cannot be reinstated at a later date. 

A student considering forfeiting one or more credits is strongly encouraged to consult his/her Registrar’s office early in the academic year.

Note that the option to forfeit transfer credits is not available to students who have completed post-secondary courses. 

The information provided on these pages only applies to student admitted in Fall 2020 and is subject to change. Students admitted to the International Foundation Program (IFP) will have their transfer credits assessed after successful completion of the IFP Program in the following academic year.

Internal University of Toronto Transfer Students

The Daniels faculty accepts transfer students from other faculties and divisions within the University of Toronto.  There is one admission round each year. For information about applying to transfer to the Daniels faculty, visit our Future Students section.

If you are admitted to the Daniels Faculty from the Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS), the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), or the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), all of your courses and grades will be incorporated into your academic record in Daniels. You do not have to apply or pay for a transfer credit assessment.

University of Toronto - All Other Undergraduate Divisions

If you are admitted to the Daniels Faculty from an undergraduate division at U of T other than FAS, UTM, or UTSC, you may be eligible for transfer credit. 

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you are required to Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment after admission to the Daniels Faculty.

Transfer students from the Faculty of Arts & Science

Transfer students from the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) are eligible to have up to 10.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) retained, the maximum number of completed credits allowed upon admission. All grades obtained for these retained credits will be included in the Daniels Faculty academic record with the retained credits, and Daniels Faculty rules and regulations will apply. All 300+ level courses completed in the Faculty of Arts & Science may apply to the Daniels Faculty degree requirement  of at least 6.0 FCE at the 300+ level. A maximum of 6.0 FCE at the 100-level may be used for degree credit in the Daniels Faculty.

Any courses declared credit/no credit (CR/NCR) or any course in from which a student has Late Withdrawn (LWD) in the Faculty of Arts & Science will count toward the maximum allowable CR/NCR and LWD options in the Daniels Faculty.

Transfer students from the Faculty of Arts & Science may retain their Faculty of Arts & Science program(s) of study but must complete at least one Daniels program of study in Architectural Studies or Visual Studies. Detailed information about appropriate combinations of programs of study is found on our programs of study page.

Students who have completed more than 10.0 FCE in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the time of application will not be considered for admission.  For more detailed information on transfer students from UTM and UTSC, please visit our future students page. 

Transfer Students from UTM and UTSC

Transfer students from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) are eligible for up to 10.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) in transfer credits, the maximum number of credits allowed upon admission. Any credits of the 10.0 FCE that were completed in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) will be retained; all grades obtained for these retained credits will be included in the Daniels Faculty academic record with the retained credits, and Daniels Faculty rules and regulations will apply. All 300+ level retained credits may apply to the minimum degree requirement of at least 6.0 FCE at the 300+ level; a maximum of 1.0 FCE in transfer credits at the 300+ level may be used to meet degree requirements. A maximum of 6.0 FCE at the 100-level may be used for degree credit in the Daniels Faculty.

Any course taken in the Faculty of Arts & Science by a transfer student from UTM or UTSC that was declared credit/no credit (CR/NCR) or from which a transfer student from UTM or UTSC has Late Withdrawn (LWD) will count toward the maximum allowable CR/NCR and LWD options in the Daniels Faculty.

Transfer students from UTM and UTSC may not retain their UTM or UTSC programs of study (subject POSts) upon admission to the Daniels Faculty. Only Daniels and Faculty of Arts & Science programs of study may be used to complete the Daniels Faculty degree requirements; Daniels students must complete at least one Daniels program of study in Architecture (for the Honours Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies) or Visual Studies (for the Honours Bachelor of Arts, Visual Studies). Detailed information about appropriate combinations of programs of study for each of these degree programs is found on our programs of study page

For more detailed information on transfer students from UTM and UTSC, please visit our future students page.

Transfer Students from Other University of Toronto Divisions

Up to a maximum of 10.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) may be granted as transfer credits to students who have completed up to two years of study in University of Toronto divisions other than the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George), UTM, and UTSC. Any credits that were completed in the Faculty of Arts & Science will be retained; all grades obtained for these retained credits will be included in the Daniels Faculty academic record with the retained credits, and Daniels Faculty rules and regulations will apply. A maximum of 6.0 FCE at the 100-level, and a maximum of 1.0 FCE in transfer credits at the 300+ level, may be used for degree credit in the Daniels faculty.

University Students External to the University of Toronto

If you are admitted to the Daniels Faculty from another Canadian or international university, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for university courses in which your final grade is 60% or higher (provided that the passing mark in these courses is 50%). 

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you are required to Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment. All post-secondary courses completed must be included in this assessment. Any student interested in applying to transfer from another post-secondary institution are advised to retain all course syllabi from courses completed at their previous institution(s) as these will be required in the transfer credit assessment process. 

Up to a maximum of ten (10.0) Full Course Equivalents (FCE) may be granted as transfer credits to students who have completed up to two years of study at a recognized university. A maximum of 6.0 FCE at the 100-level, and a maximum of 1.0 FCE in transfer credits at the 300+ level, may be used for degree credit in the Daniels Faculty. 

A maximum of five (5.0) Full Course Equivalents (FCE), 4.0 FCE at the 100-level and 1.0 FCE at the 200-level, may be granted as transfer credits to students who have completed more than two years of study at a recognized university or who have already completed an undergraduate degree.

Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment. 

College Graduates/Students

If you are admitted to the Daniels Faculty from an accredited college in Canada, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for your college courses. 

Ontario Colleges

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you are required to Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment. All post-secondary courses completed must be included in this assessment. 

You are not required to submit course outlines to the Daniels Faculty.

Courses completed at an Ontario college will be considered for breadth transfer credits only. This means that any transfer credits awarded will not count towards your program of study, but they will count towards your Breadth Requirements.

  • If you have completed a Certificate program, you are not eligible for transfer credit for courses that contributed to the Certificate
  • If you have completed an Ontario College Diploma (or equivalent of two years of study), you may be eligible for a maximum of 3.0 breadth transfer credits
  • If you have completed an Ontario College Advanced Diploma (or equivalent of three years of study), you may be eligible for a maximum of 5.0 breadth transfer credits

Students who have completed a three-year Architectural Technology program in general receive a maximum of 2.0 FCE in transfer credit. Many of the courses completed are not eligible for transfer credit because they are not equivalent to courses offered, either in Architecture or in other disciplines, in the liberal arts curriculum of the Honours Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies.

Colleges in Other Canadian Provinces

Courses completed at colleges in other provinces will be considered for transfer credits based on the practices observed by the universities in that province.

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you are required to Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment. All post-secondary courses completed must be included in this assessment. Any student interested in applying to transfer from another Canadian College outside of Ontario are advised to retain all course syllabi from courses completed at their previous institution(s) as these will be required in the transfer credit assessment process. 

Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment. 

CEGEP (Students from Quebec)

If you are admitted to the Daniels Faculty from the CEGEP system, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for courses in which your final grade is 65% or higher.

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you are required to Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment. All post-secondary courses completed must be included in this assessment. 

Detailed course outlines or syllabi are not generally required for CEGEP applicants. If outlines or syllabi are required, you will be notified in your transfer credit assessment letter.

Maximum Transfer Credit for CEGEP Students

There is a limit on how many credits you can receive:

DEC Maximum Number of Credits Transferred
Not completed

2.0 credits

All 100-level credits as long as at least 12.0 academic courses have been completed

Completed (2-year DEC)

5.0 credits

All 100-level credits

Completed (3-year DEC)

5.0 credits

All 100-level credits

Check Transfer Explorer to see what CEGEP courses have been previously assessed for transfer credit by Daniels and the Faculty of Arts & Science. Note that Transfer Explorer is intended for reference only, and your transfer credit assessment results may differ from what you see on Transfer Explorer.