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Transfer credit process

If you’re admitted to Waterloo, we'll automatically assess your application for possible transfer credit. You don't need to request an assessment and there is no cost.

Transfer credits from post-secondary institutions are applied to your Waterloo student record automatically and cannot be declined. You’ll receive an official transfer credit assessment via email.

If you’re enrolled at a university or college in Ontario, visit the course-to-course guide on www.ontransfer.ca for the most up-to-date information on how your previous/current courses may transfer to Waterloo. 

Required documents

To assess courses for transfer credit, we may ask you for pdfs of detailed course syllabi. Syllabi generally include the course description, contact hours, schedule of topics, required textbooks, evaluation methods, etc., and need to be from the year you completed the course. See an example of a course syllabus.

You’ll also need to have an official transcript sent directly to Waterloo by your college or university.

How we assess your courses 

Each of your courses will be reviewed to see if the content matches a course offered at Waterloo. Transfer credits can be granted as specific Waterloo courses (e.g., PSYCH 101 – Introductory Psychology) or general electives in a particular subject (e.g., PSYCH 1XX – a first-year level Psychology credit that can be used towards your degree).

Transfer credits will be granted according to what is most appropriate for your Waterloo academic plan and according to our transfer credit policies.

Assessing transfer credits takes time. Please submit all required documents (if requested) as soon as possible. The sooner we receive this information, the faster we can finalize your transfer credit assessment!

How to interpret your transfer credit letter

A transfer credit weight of 0.50 is equivalent to a one-term course at Waterloo (4 months in length). A weight of 1.0 is equivalent to a full-year course (8 months in length).

You must meet all requirements of your Waterloo program in order to graduate, regardless of the number of transfer credits that you receive. The academic advisor in your program here can help you determine how long it will take to complete your Waterloo degree.

Before you begin selecting courses, we recommend you discuss your transfer credit assessment with your academic advisor.

Learn more

Read our transfer credit policies or review our admission requirements