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Transfer Credits - Undergraduate

 

Transfer credits may be given for courses successfully completed at accredited post-secondary institutions, provided that the courses were not used as part of the basis for admission.

Guidelines, policy, and related links pertaining to transfer credits. Note that, to be considered for transfer credit, a grade of 60 percent or higher must be received for university courses, and a grade of 70 percent or higher must be received for accredited community college/institute of technology courses.

As part of the admission process, credit may have been granted for some courses taken previously. However, if you believe that you are entitled to additional credit, you must apply for that credit (or those credits) following the online instructions.

Transfer credits should be thought of as a two-step process.  The first step is to ascertain whether a course taken elsewhere is acceptable for credit by Ryerson University.  The second step is to ascertain whether or how a course taken elsewhere may satisfy the requirements of the Ryerson University program of study in which you are enrolled.  If you take Ryerson courses that are not part of your program, the courses will appear on your transcript as successfully completed, but those courses will NOT satisfy any of the requirements of your program.  Similarly, courses taken elsewhere may be perfectly legitimate university-level courses (and appear on your transcript as such)  but, if they are not part of your program of study, they will not satisfy any of the requirements of your program.

The most common type of transfer credit involves a course that is very similar in content to a course available at Ryerson. In such cases, the applicant is effectively asking Ryerson to recognise – and to cause a transcript to reflect – that the requirements of a particular course have been satisfied elsewhere. Applications for such specific credit are assessed by the Teaching Department (i.e., the Department responsible for delivery of the course for which credit is being sought). If the Ryerson course for which credit is received is part of your program of study (a professional course, or a course listed on the Professionally-Related or Liberal Studies tables of the program), the resulting transfer credit automatically completes both steps of the transfer credit process: it recognises the acceptability of the course for transfer credit, and it directs the credit to the program requirement that would normally be satisfied by a Ryerson course.  If the course for which specific credit is received is NOT part of your program of study, your Program Department (i.e., the Department that administers the Program in which you are enrolled) may choose to “direct” it to satisfy a program requirement using a Degree Course Substitution/Directive Form.

The other type of transfer credit is a “general” (GEN) credit.  Such credits are granted when a course taken elsewhere is eligible for credit from Ryerson University, but there is no specific Ryerson course to which it is equivalent.  Credit for these courses may appear as a GEN credit by subject area or, if the course satisfies the criteria of a lower or upper level Liberal Studies elective, as a GEN credit in that category.  GEN Liberal Studies credits automatically direct to the program requirements by level (lower or upper), but GEN credits by subject area do not automatically satisfy any program requirement.  Again, for it to satisfy a program requirement, your Program Department must “direct” it to that requirement using a Degree Course Substitution/Directive Form.

To assist the evaluator in determining the equivalency and/or acceptability of any courses, it is strongly recommended that a copy of the syllabus (course outline) of the course taken elsewhere, be provided with the application. If it is not provided at the outset, it may be requested by the Office of Curriculum Advising, which administers the transfer credit process.