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Transfer Advisor


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 Carleton 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 Carleton University:

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 required to transfer a course to Carleton University is a passing grade; however, certain degrees only award transfer credit for courses with a grade of "C-" or higher.

Course Equivalencies, Pathways and Articulation Agreements

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

View Carleton University’s credit equivalencies database and pathway opportunities:

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.).

Carleton University awards block credit, direct equivalencies and generic credits in recognition of previous learning.

  • Block Credit: a group of courses awarded for which there is no one-to-one credit evaluation. The courses in a block represent the total learning that has taken place in a particular diploma. 
  • Direct Equivalence: a course is given an exact equivalence to a Carleton University course.
  • Generic Credit: a course may be assigned a generic credit. For example an English course taken at another institution may be given an evaluation of ENGL 1XXX. This means that the course is equivalent to a first year university level English course but does not correspond exactly to any of Carleton University’s first year English courses.

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 Carleton University's residency policy. The policy states that at least 5 credits (3 in the major/3000-level for an Honours degree and 3 in the major/2000-level for a General degree) must be completed at the University. In addition, to be eligible for graduation with any degree with a concentration, specialization or minor, at least 2 credits in each concentration, specialization or minor must be completed at the University.

The minimum number of residency credits for students in the B.Eng., B.I.D, B.I.T. and B.A.S. Design program is half of the total number of credits required for the program. The residency requirement for B.A.S. students not in Design is the standard minimum of 5 residency credits at graduation.

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.

Carleton University will consider all courses for transfer credit, regardless of currency.     The appropriate Faculty will determine if transfer credit is granted for courses not recently completed.

The credits presented at graduation that are credits completed at Carleton University after admission, credits completed at Carleton University within the past ten years for which advanced standing has been granted, and credits completed as part of the University of Ottawa exchange or another formal domestic or international exchange, must include: i. For Honours degrees, at least 3 credits in the major and at the 3000-level or above; ii. For Combined Honours degrees, at least 1.5 credits in each major and at the 3000-level or above; iii. For Major degrees, at least 3 credits in the major and at the 2000-level or above; iv. For General degrees, at least 3 credits in the major and at the 2000-level or above.

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 Carleton University:

  • Students wishing to challenge for credit should inquire at the Registrar's Office and provide documentation to support the challenge.
  • If the academic department, after an interview, is satisfied that the student has adequate experience and learning related to the course in question, it sets an appropriate examination.
  • If the student is successful in the examination, the course is credited to his or her academic record. Not all courses offered at the university are open to challenge for credit. Students seeking more information should contact the Registrar's Office (www.carleton.ca/registrar). 

PLAR Costs

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

A PLAR assessment at Carleton University costs $205.75 per credit and the fee is non-refundable.

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 not be recorded on your Carleton University transcript and will not be included in GPA calculation.

Students admitted to the University with transfer credit will receive a transfer credit report with a list of the transfer credits they will receive. Students will also receive an academic audit, which shows where the transfer credits are used in the degree and what credits remain to be completed. The report is also available to students through their Carleton Central Portal. 

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 Carleton University Transfer Advisor to discuss your credit transfer inquiries:

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 Carleton 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 Carleton University:

  • In general, students who have studied at a Canadian college or university will automatically be assessed for advanced standing credit without formally requesting or petitioning for transfer credit. 
  • Exceptions to this are students entering Engineering. These students must petition for credit and provide detailed course outlines (syllabi).
  • Students seeking transfer credit for courses taken outside of Canada must provide full course outlines (syllabi) for a transfer credit evaluation to take place.
  • In all cases, students must request all transfer credit at the point of admission. However, we know that sometimes course descriptions and outlines can be difficult to obtain. As such, students have up to one year from the date of admission to submit course descriptions and request transfer credit. After that date, requests for transfer credit will not be accepted.

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 Carleton 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 Carleton University includes: 

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Course outline(s) may be required

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 Carleton University. Applicants who have previously attended a postsecondary institution are automatically assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with courses from outside Canada are required to submit full course outlines (syllabi) for an assessment to take place.

Exceptions to this are students entering Engineering. These students must petition for credit and provide detailed course outlines (syllabi). In all cases, students must request all transfer credit at the point of admission (https://admissions.carleton.ca/apply/transfer-credit/requesting-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 Carleton University. Students must disclose all previous postsecondary education (transcripts) upon submitting their admissions application. All required supporting documentation should be submitted in accordance with the deadlines associated with your program and semester of admission. 

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 Carleton University are generally provided with your offer of admission.

Review/Appeal Procedures

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

A transfer credit decision can be reviewed/appealed at Carleton University by contacting Admissions Services. If you received either no credit or a generic credit for courses you have taken at a previous institution you may appeal to have the course reassessed. Information on how to appeal a transfer credit evaluation is found at the bottom of your transfer credit report. You may only submit this petition if you have new and detailed information about the course that was not presented during the first assessment.

 


ONTransfer.ca 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.