Faculty Transfer to Arts

If you are a student currently enrolled in another University of Waterloo faculty but are thinking of transferring to the Faculty of Arts, this page is for you. If you are an Arts student thinking of changing your major or academic plan, please speak to your current academic advisor. If you are an Arts student interested in transferring to another faculty, refer to the Registrar's Office Transferring Faculties page.

Whatever your reasons are for transferring out of your current faculty, there are minimum requirements and things to consider before initiating a transfer. In some cases, a non-degree term in your current faculty, or a qualifying term (a term while you are still in degree studies in your current faculty) may be required before transferring. 

First Steps:

  • Consult with your current academic advisor to discuss the options available within your current faculty.
  • Consult with a career advisor at the Centre for Career Action in the Tatham Centre to discuss future career planning and to make sure Arts is right for you.
  • Consult with the Faculty Transfer advisor in the Faculty of Arts, Andri Efstathiou before filling out or submitting any forms.  
  • For more information book an appointment with the Faculty Transfer Advisor in the Arts Undergraduate Office: PAS 2439, 519-888-4567 ext. 45870. 

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Depending on your situation, you may be transferred into a specific Arts program, plan, or major. Often, students are directly admissible to Liberal Studies. Or, if you are in first-year and have not reached the 2A level, you may be eligible for transfer to Honours Arts First-Year.

For students who have already completed the correct courses with the required average for transfer directly into a major or program of choice, your request is reviewed by the Faculty Transfer advisor in Arts. Consultation with the department advisor may be required. Please refer to the Arts Academic Plans in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar for specific plan requirements. If you are considering an honours plan, you will need a higher plan average. If you aren’t admitted directly to your desired major, you can still work towards this major once admitted.

Minimum requirements:

  • At least 4 passed UW Arts courses with numeric grades
  • A 65% minimum average in all Arts courses completed, including failed course(s)
  • English Language Requirement

Deadlines and Forms:

  • After consultation, submit a Faculty Transfer Form to the Arts Faculty Transfer advisor, at least one month before the start of the next term. The advisor will often help you complete the form. Do not submit the form to The Centre.
  • Any Petition supporting a transfer to Arts will require the endorsement of the Faculty Transfer advisor, in Arts and your current faculty advisor.
  • A short student statement may be required.

Things to consider:

  • There are 29 Arts majors and numerous minors.
  • If you are a 1A student in your current faculty, your requirements may be different for a potential transfer.
  • The maximum number of transfer credits that can be granted by the Faculty of Arts is:
    • 10.0 academic course units for a four-year degree;
    • 7.5 academic course units for a three-year degree.
  •  Are you in co-op now? Do you still want co-op? See the details about co-op eligibility when transferring to Arts below.

Arts and Business Program (ARBUS)

Requirements:

  • In addition to the requirements listed above for the Bachelor of Arts, transferring to ARBUS requires you:
    • Must be admitted to an Honours major plan (70% average) at academic level 2A or higher
    • Must have completed at least two Arts and Business required courses with a combined average of 70% average

Deadlines and Forms:

  • After consultation, submit an Faculty Transfer Form to the Arts Faculty Transfer advisor, at least one month before the start of the next term. The advisor will often help you complete the form. Do not submit the form to The Centre.

Things to consider:

  • Only if you are at the year 2 level or lower in the fall term, will you be eligible for co-op in ARBUS.
  • If approved for a transfer, your appropriate academic level is based on the number of academic credits you have completed.

    Co-op Eligibility 

    When transferring to Arts, co-op may be an option for you. Please review all the requirements and considerations before requesting your transfer.

    Requirements:

    Things to consider:

    • You may be able to continue in co-op past the 2A level if you have already completed one or two work terms in your current or former faculty.
    • Co-op will affect how many terms it takes to complete your degree.

    Global Business and Digital Arts (Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts, BGBDA)

    Requirements:

    • 75% overall cumulative average in your current program
    • 75% average in any non-core GBDA required courses (e.g. ECON 101, CS 105, language course. etc.)
    • English Language Requirement
    • The above requirements do not guarantee admission to the GBDA program

    Deadline:

    • Contact the Faculty Transfer advisor in Arts to check your eligibility with GBDA.
    • December 1 – Submit an Faculty Transfer Form to the Faculty Transfer advisor.
    • If you submit the form after the drop deadline in winter, consideration for the program is unlikely due to the competitive nature of admissions from high school.

    Things to consider:

    • If you decide to enroll in courses after you receive your conditional offer, you may jeopardize your transfer if your average changes. Due to the competitive nature of admissions from high school, your chances at securing a spot is affected by your average.
    • The start date will be in the Fall term at the 1A level, regardless of transfer credits.
    • First-year courses will occur primarily on main campus. There is one first-year course at the Stratford campus during the winter term. Transportation is provided.
    • ALL second, third, and fourth-year courses occur on the Stratford campus. If you choose to live outside of Stratford, you will be responsible for your own transportation. Please note GBDA advisors will not customize your class schedules based on your transportation arrangements.
    • This is a specialized program, highly competitive and has higher tuition fees.
    • If you are not admitted to GBDA, make sure you have a backup plan – see basic admission requirements for Bachelor of Arts listed above and speak with the Faculty Transfer advisor in Arts.

    Accounting and Financial Management (Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management, BAFM)

    Requirements:

    • Minimum 75% cumulative average to apply. Students must also meet the high school requirements as well, including Advanced Functions and Calculus
      • If you have not taken Advanced Functions or Calculus, you will be asked to enroll in MATH 127 to be considered for transfer
    • Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assessment (AFMAA). There is a non-refundable fee to complete the AFMAA, do not attempt the assessment unless recommended by AFM. Only students who have successfully applied by the deadline will be sent a link to the AFMAA
    • The above requirements do not guarantee admission to the AFM program and are minimum requirements only. AFM takes in a small number of transfer students each year, if any, and is competitive

    Deadline: 

    • December 1 – Contact the Faculty Transfer advisor in Arts for next steps. This first submission is to check your eligibility with AFM, and to connect you with the department for further support and direction.
    • February 1 – This is the deadline to have your Faculty Transfer Form submitted to the AFM advisor.

    Things to consider:

    • Students beyond their first-year can still apply but it is not recommended as successful applicants start in 1A.
    • The start date will be in the fall term at the 1A level, regardless of transfer credit.
    • The 1A start non-negotiable as AFM has required first-year courses.
    • In case you are not admitted to BAFM, make sure you have a backup plan – see basic admission requirements for Bachelor of Arts listed above.

    Important Links:

    Arts Undergraduate Office (AUO)

    Arts Advisors

    Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar

    Arts Enrolment Problems and Course Overrides