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Transfer Advisor

  • Prospective students please connect with one of our Student Services Professionals via CHAT.   


General Information

Provides students with the main website(s) containing general credit transfer information.

Check out the following resource to learn more about credit transfer at McMaster University: 

Required Grades and/or GPA, Level(s) of Completed Previous Education, and Program Prerequisites (Admission)

Provides students with the minimum grades and/or GPA, level(s) of completed previous postsecondary, and program prerequisites required for admission.

Review the admission requirements for all programs at McMaster University:

  • (required grades and GPA’s, as well as course requirements vary from program to program and source diploma/degree. Review the admission requirements for all programs at McMaster University by selecting the appropriate Academic Background and program of interest using this tool)

Required Grade and/or GPA (Transfer Credit Eligibility)

Provides students with the minimum grade and/or GPA required for transfer credit eligibility.

The minimum grade/average required to transfer a course to McMaster University varies by program and source institution. For college applicants, transfer credits are not awarded to students if the program cumulative average is below 75% or if the individual course grade achieved is below 75%. University applicants must have a grade equivalent to the McMaster University grade of “C-” for individual courses to be considered for transfer credit.

Course Equivalencies, Pathways and Articulation Agreements

Provides students with available course equivalency, pathway, and articulation agreement materials for planning purposes.

View McMaster University’s pathway opportunities and equivalencies here: 

College/University Pathways and University Credit Transfer Consortium

Types of Credit Awarded

Provides students with the types of credit awarded and a brief definition of each (advanced standing, block, exemptions, equivalencies, specified, unspecified, generic, etc.).

McMaster University awards advanced standing, specified (equivalencies) and unspecified credits in recognition of previous learning.

Residency Requirements

Provides students with the amount of study they must complete in order to be awarded the credential in which they are enrolled.

The amount of transfer credit you can receive is limited by McMaster University's residency policy. The policy states that in order to obtain any four or five-level, first undergraduate degree, you must complete 60 units of work, beyond the first-level, including the final level, at the University.

To obtain a three-level, first undergraduate degree, you may satisfy the residence requirements either: by completing the final level and at least one other level (a minimum of 60 units of work) at McMaster University or by completing the final level (approximately 30 units of work) at McMaster University, and at least 18 units of program-specific courses. All the work for a second bachelor’s degree must be completed at McMaster University.

Currency/Timing of Previous Postsecondary Education

Provides students with an indicator of the currency required to utilize their previously completed postsecondary education for transfer credit.

All currency considerations at McMaster University are made on a case-by-case basis, each case is considered individually on its own merits for the program desired. The appropriate Faculty will determine if transfer credit is granted for courses not recently completed.

PLAR Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a PLAR assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your PLAR assessment at McMaster University:

  • McMaster University does not grant PLAR credits. Credits granted by another institution on the basis on PLAR are not transferable to McMaster University. 

PLAR Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a PLAR assessment (challenge exam, course challenge, portfolio, etc.).

Not applicable.

Appearance of Awarded Transfer Credit(s) on Transcript

Provides students with the code(s) used to record transfer credits on their transcript and an indication of whether these credits will be included in GPA calculation.

Transfer credits will be recorded on your McMaster University transcript with a grade of "T" and will not be included in GPA calculation.

Key Point(s) of Contact (Transfer Advisor and/or Service Area)

Provides students with a contact to discuss common credit transfer inquiries (Transfer Advisor, service area, etc.).

Contact a McMaster University Transfer Advisor to discuss your credit transfer inquiries:

  • Prospective students please connect with one of our Student Services Professionals via CHAT.  

Official Credit Transfer Policies (Academic Regulations/Directives Documents, Calendars and Handbooks)

Provides students with a reference to official credit transfer policies outlined in academic regulations/directives documents, calendars, and handbooks.

Familiarize yourself with McMaster University’s official credit transfer policies:

Transfer Credit Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a transfer credit assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your transfer credit assessment at McMaster University:

  • When McMaster University receives a program application from OUAC and all accompanying, required/supporting documentation is submitted, that applicant will automatically be assessed for transfer credit for all previously attended postsecondary institutions. There is no additional transfer-credit-specific application.

Transfer Credit Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a transfer credit assessment (advanced standing, exemption, etc.).

There is no fee required for a transfer credit assessment at McMaster University.

Transfer Credit Required Documentation

Provides students with a listing of the documentation they must submit to have their previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit.

The documentation required to have your previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit at McMaster University includes:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Course outline(s) may be required upon request
  • English Language Proficiency Test may be required if applicable
  • An applicant-specific requirements checklist will be available on your Mosaic Applicant Portal after your OUAC application is submitted and processed

Transfer Credit Application Form(s)

Provides students with a copy of the transfer credit application form or link to the online submission tool (where applicable).

An application form is not required at McMaster University. Applicants who have previously attended a postsecondary institution are automatically assessed for transfer credit.

Deadline(s) for Application

Provides students with the deadline by which they must apply for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is automatically assessed at McMaster University. Applicants must disclose all previous postsecondary education when applying to the University. Official transcripts submitted directly to McMaster University from the issuing institution are required for transfer credit assessment. All required supporting documentation should be submitted in accordance with the deadlines associated with your program and semester of admission. These deadlines can be found here:

Evaluation of all possible transfer credits available at the time of admission must be completed within one year of the date of admission to the University.

Timing of Transfer Credit Decisions

Provides students with an expectation regarding the time it takes to process a transfer credit decision.

Transfer credit decisions at McMaster University are generally provided with your offer of admission. From time to time transfer credit assessment may not be done until final, official transcripts are provided.

Review/Appeal Procedures

Provides students with the process for appealing a transfer credit decision.

A transfer credit decision can be reviewed/appealed at McMaster University by contacting the Office of the Registrar, Admissions. You should be prepared to supply detailed course syllabi, supplied by your previous institution(s), for courses that you would like to have reviewed. endeavours to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding credit transfer; however, changes and updates to transfer opportunities happen on an ongoing basis. Students MUST check with the institution directly before applying to any program.