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Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits are granted for courses taken at another recognized postsecondary institution which are deemed as equivalent to a course at Seneca. If you have a college or university level course that’s similar to a Seneca course, you may be eligible to apply for Transfer Credit at Seneca.

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

Previous study 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 will be evaluated on criteria such as content, learning outcomes, credit value and/or number of teaching hours. Courses may also be required to include a practical and/or lab component if required for the corresponding Seneca course.

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. For more detail, refer to the Guidelines for Use in Making Life of a Credit Decisions.

  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced Placement subject examinations will be considered with a grade of 4 or higher. Official transcripts from the College Board are required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Higher Level (HL) subjects completed with a grade of 5 or higher will be considered on an individual basis. Official transcripts from IB are required.
  • CEGEP (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel): Studies successfully completed at a CEGEP in second or subsequent years are eligible for transfer credit consideration.

Program specific policy:

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

  • 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 - Transfer credit requests must include a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants) assessment of the previous education along with the official transcript from the previous institution.

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 Centre.

2. Under “Academics” select “Transfer Credit Report” from the drop-down 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. For example, PSYCH101 and PSYCH253 were used together to grant PSY113; and PSYCH211, PSYCH306 and PSYCH354R were used together to grant PSY114.

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 Centre and selecting “Academic Requirements” in the “Academics” drop-down menu.