Transfer credit rules

Transfer Credits

All students admitted to Honours Economics and Honours Mathematical Economics will receive 10.0 full units (equal to 20 half units) of transfer credit for previous studies – this is the maximum allowable. That said, students must complete a minimum of 10.0 additional full units (equal to 20 half units) of graded course work at UWaterloo to complete the degree. NOTE: students may elect to take more than 10.0 units of graded course work at UWaterloo if they wish; in fact, in some instances, Honours Mathematical Economics students may need to do just that depending upon the transfer credits they are awarded.

Common transfer credits to be awarded to all students PROVIDED that appropriate equivalent courses are successfully completed at the home institution within the 10.0 full units allowable are as follows (therefore, students will NOT take these courses at UWaterloo) – please be mindful that some of these transfer credits (and others) may not be officially posted until late September after official final transcripts from the home institution are received:

Honours Economics

  • ECON: 101, 102, 211 and 221 (2.0 full units – equal to four half units);
  • ​MATH: 106 and 127 (1.0 full unit – equal to two half units).

Honours Mathematical Economics

  • ECON: 101, 102 (1.0 full unit – equal to two half units);
  • MATH: 106, 127 and 128 (1.5 full units – equal to three half units);
  • STAT: 221 (0.5 unit).

Additional transfer credits will be assigned to “best advantage” each student with meeting major requirements and overall degree requirements; in particular, awarding course equivalents that serve to satisfy some (or all) of the BA Breadth Requirements is a top priority. That said, the ONLY categories of the BA Breadth Requirements a student MIGHT have left to complete are as follows:

  • The ONE (1) half unit course in any of the subjects designated as being in the Fine, Performing & Communication category;
  • The TWO (2) half unit courses in any of the subjects designated as being in the Languages & Cultures category.

Essentially, depending upon courses completed at the home institution, some students may receive transfer credits that serve to satisfy all the BA Breadth Requirements; some students may need to complete only one more course to satisfy them; some students may need only two more courses to satisfy them; some may need three (which would be the maximum).

IMPORTANT: a great deal of effort is put into assessing transfer credits as accurately as possible with every student’s best interests in mind – therefore, requests to have transfer credits “reassessed” will only be considered in extraordinary circumstances.


Fall 2018 Courses

In their first term (Fall 2018), all students – Honours Economics and Honours Mathematical Economics – will be enrolled in both ECON 201 and ECON 202. This will be done by the Economics Department in mid-July prior to newly admitted students being able to start adding courses on their own via the QUEST system in July. Students may NOT drop these two courses or attempt to switch to different sections. Beginning in July students can begin enrolling in additional courses for their first term of study (Fall 2018) – students may take a maximum of five half unit courses in a term; to be deemed full-time, a student must take at least three half unit courses in a term.

Instructions for how to add courses via QUEST

Winter 2019 Courses

Students may “Course Select” – ie. Pre-enroll – in the courses they hope to take in Winter 2019 term during the course selection period beginning at the end of September. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in “Course Selection” for a future term as it enhances their chances of getting into the courses they hope to take. Students are able to begin finalizing their Winter 2019 course selections in November.

Instructions for how to select courses for a future term via QUEST