Can you transfer credits from one degree to another?

Yes! Generally speaking, you can transfer your credits from one degree to another, whether that's at the same university or not. At Waterloo, you can transfer up to 50% of the courses for the intended degree program. Some programs may limit the number of transfer credits awarded. An official assessment is completed after you accept your Waterloo Offer of Admission.

Can you transfer credits from one university to another?

Yes! Generally speaking, you can transfer your credits from one university to another. At Waterloo, you can transfer up to 50% of the courses for the intended degree program. Some programs may limit the number of transfer credits awarded. An official assessment is completed after you accept your Waterloo Offer of Admission. You may need to submit some or all of your course syllabi, depending on what we have previously evaluated.

What credits can you transfer?

Transfer credit is reviewed and awarded based on a few factors.

  • The grade achieved in the course.
    • You must have a final grade of at least 60% for a university course or at least 70% for a college course (with the exception of Faculty of Science programs which require 75%) for a course to be considered for transfer credit.
    • Courses with a grade of pass, successful, credit, etc., are not considered for transfer credits.
  • The course content – how rigorous the content was and how closely it matches a course that Waterloo offers.
  • How long ago you took the course.
  • The relevance of the proposed transfer credits towards your Waterloo degree.

The University of Waterloo will only consider courses that are academic in nature. Courses that are vocationally specific, e.g., Nursing Techniques, may not receive any transfer credits.

How do you transfer community college credits?

Transfer credits are assessed automatically for students who accept their offer of admission to Waterloo. You may need to submit some or all of your course syllabi, depending on what we have previously evaluated.

If you're transferring from colleges or universities in Ontario, you can use the ONTransfer.ca course transfer guide to see what courses might be transferred from one institution to another. Your grades, and in some cases, the program you are pursuing will be considered by the university you plan to attend.

Is it hard to transfer from community college to university?

The transfer process is relatively straightforward. You'll apply for admission through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre and then send your high school and post-secondary transcripts to Waterloo. The admissions committee will then review all of this information to determine admissibility.

While most programs will consider college courses in place high school courses, some programs, such as Engineering, require you to be admissible based on your academic background from high school (in addition to performing well in your college program).

Can you choose not to transfer credits?

No, you're not permitted to decline any post-secondary transfer credits.

Can you transfer credits from a degree you've already completed?

Yes! If you have previously completed a full degree, you're eligible to transfer up to 50% of the courses required for your Waterloo degree. The admissions committee will review your entire academic history and will award the transfer credits that are most useful towards your Waterloo degree.

How do transfer credits work?

Transfer credits can be used to fulfill degree and elective requirements for your Waterloo degree. If you receive an offer of admission, we'll automatically assess your previous courses for possible transfer credits. This process takes place after you accept your Offer of Admission to Waterloo.

Transfer credits will be awarded in one of two ways.

  • If a course you complete at a different school is equivalent to a course offered at Waterloo, you'll receive the equivalent Waterloo course as a transfer credit. For example: University of Guelph PSYC 1000 = Waterloo’s PSYCH 101
  • If a course you complete at a different school is either not offered at Waterloo or is significantly different from a course we teach, then you may receive an indirect or unspecified transfer credit. For example: Wilfrid Laurier University’s PS 101 = Waterloo’s PSYCH 1xx.
    • An unspecified transfer credit can be counted toward the number of courses you take, but cannot be used to replace a specific required course in that discipline. For example, if you receive PSYCH 1xx as a transfer credit and PSYCH 101 is a required course for your program, you would still be required to complete PSYCH 101 at Waterloo. PSYCH 1xx cannot be used to replace a required PSYCH 101 credit but it will count as an elective PSYCH course.

When we award transfer credits for prior learning, we do not transfer the associated grade from your previous institution. Thus, you'll begin with a “fresh slate” in terms of your average at Waterloo.

Learn more

Read about Waterloo's undergraduate programs, review our transfer credit policies, or search our admission requirements for details on transfer credit for your program(s) of interest.