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Transfer Credits

Transfer credits are granted for courses taken at another recognized postsecondary institution that are deemed as equivalent to a course at Seneca, and which apply to your specific program of study. If you have a college or university level course that’s similar to a course (and part of your program) at Seneca, you may be eligible to apply for transfer credit. Please note: courses completed at Seneca are not transfer credit.

Seneca awards credentials at the certificate, diploma and degree level.

Previous study at another recognized postsecondary institution completed at the certificate, diploma or degree level will be assessed for possible credit for programs offered at the certificate or diploma level. Previous study at the degree level will be assessed for possible credit at the degree level.

Grade requirements:

Certificate, diploma and graduate certificate programs — a minimum grade of “C” (60 per cent) is required for a course to be considered for transfer credit for most programs.

Degree programs — a minimum grade of “C+” (65 per cent) is required for a course to be considered for transfer credit for most programs.

A higher minimum grade may be required by certain programs.

Course equivalency:

Incoming courses are evaluated based on applicability to Seneca’s programs of study and on criteria related to content, learning outcomes, credit value and/or number of teaching hours. If required, and applicable, to the program of study, incoming courses will also be required to include practical and/or lab components.

Seneca reserves the right to limit the time for which a course is considered current and eligible for transfer credit. Such eligibility is determined by each faculty/program. For more details, refer to “Appendix B: Guidelines for Use in Making Life of a Credit Decisions” in the Transfer Credit Policy.

All computer information and software technology programs in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Technology require current knowledge and as such any incoming course that is more than five years old will not be granted transfer credit. 

Specific science and technology programs include: 


Program specific policy:

Some programs have additional policy requirements that restrict or limit transfer credit. These programs must follow a set of standards outlined by an accreditation body in order to deliver a specific credential or certification.

  • nursing degree programs: transfer credit requests can be made for liberal studies options, English or psychology courses; transfer credit will not be granted for core courses in nursing degree programs
  • paralegal programs: transfer credit requests for core courses can be made for courses successfully completed in a Law Society of Ontario accredited paralegal education program taken at an Ontario college of applied arts and technology
  • practical nursing programs: transfer credit requests can be made for general education, communications or psychology courses; transfer credit will not be granted for core courses in practical nursing programs
  • Professional Accounting Practice graduate certificate program: transfer credit requests must include a Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) assessment of the previous education along with the official transcript from the previous institution; a minimum grade of 65 per cent is required for transfer credit into this program

Is your previous education

  • Early August for Transfer Credit for fall term
  • Early December for Transfer Credit for winter term
  • Early April for Transfer Credit for summer term

For specific deadlines to submit applications for Transfer Credit, please review important dates.

Applications may be submitted after published deadline dates, however this is not recommended since review and assessment of possible credit cannot be guaranteed prior to start of term and prior to add and drop deadlines.

1. Log in to Student Home.

2. Under “Academic Records” select “View Transfer Credit Report” from the menu.

3.  The Transfer Credit Report displays the name of the institution you are requesting to receive credit from, as well as the Seneca program to which the credit applies.

Each course will indicate one of the following credit results:

  • Granted – transfer credit has been granted towards your Seneca program. The granted Seneca course will be listed in the “Equivalent Course” column.
  • Declined – transfer credit has not been granted. This is normally related to course content being assessed as not equivalent to a Seneca course in your program of study, and/or the grade in the course not meeting minimum grade requirements. Refer to transfer credit policy.
  • Pending – the course is being evaluated by the applicable program of study for possible transfer credit

Please note the following

One incoming course may be used to grant one Seneca course or a number of Seneca courses. For example, DGRE COMP in the “Incoming Course” identifies that COM101, CUL199, EAC199 and SOC199 have been granted because of degree completion at a previous domestic postsecondary institution. Refer to transfer credit policy.

One or more incoming course may be used to grant one Seneca course.

Drop course(s) if you receive transfer credits

If you have been granted transfer credit for a course(s) you are currently enrolled in, it is your responsibility to drop the course(s) from your record (if the credit is granted prior to Seneca’s drop deadline). Contact the Registration Office if you have questions about how transfer credit may affect your fees.

Academic requirements

To review how transfer credits apply towards your program requirements, run an Academic Requirements Report.

The report can be run by logging into Student Home and selecting the “Academic Progress” tile, then “My Academic Requirements” in the menu.