Internal 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.

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 Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA) in the Tatham Centre to discuss future career planning and to make sure Arts is right for you.
  • Consult with the Internal Transfers advisor in the Faculty of Arts, Sarah Robertson before filling out or submitting any forms.  
  • For more information book an appointment with the Internal Transfers Advisor in the Arts Undergraduate Office: PAS 2439, 519-888-4567 ext. 35870. 

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Many students are directly admissible to Liberal Studies in the Faculty of Arts. If you qualify for a major plan, the major department will review your request through the Internal Transfers advisor in Arts. 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. You can also work toward a desired 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 an Faculty Transfer Form to the Arts Internal Transfers 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 Internal Transfers advisor, in Arts and your current faculty advisor.
  • A short student statement may be required. The Internal Transfers advisor will give you specific details on this requirement.  

Things to consider:

  • There are 23 Arts majors and numerous minors
  • If you are a 1A student in your current faculty, your requirements may be different for a potential transfer. Please see the Arts Internal Transfers advisor for more details
  • 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, you:
    • Must be admitted to an Honours Major plan (70% average) at the year 2 level 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 Internal Faculty Transfer Form to the Arts Internal Transfers 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 year 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 past 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 Internal Transfers advisor in Arts to check your eligibility with GBDA.
    • December 1 – Submit an Internal Faculty Transfer Form with your request to the Internal Transfers advisor in Arts for fall admission.
    • 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 a conditional offer is given and you decide to take winter or spring courses, you may jeopardize your offer due to the competitive nature of admissions from high school. 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 Internal Transfers Advisor in Arts.

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

    Requirements:

    Deadline: 

    • December 1 – Contact the Internal Transfers 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 deadline only applies if the AFM advisor has approved your application and you have completed the necessary steps for potential admission in the fall term. This does not guarantee admission since your application is competing with applications from high school students.

    Things to consider:

    • If you are beyond the year 2 level (5 units or 10 courses completed), you will not be considered for AFM
    • The start date will be in the fall term at the 1A level, regardless of transfer credits
    • 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