Transfer Credit Policies & Procedures

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The following policies and procedures apply to all on-admission transfer credit students at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Maximum Credits

There are limits to the number of transfer credits a student may receive.

To find out how many transfer credits you may be limited to, please select the type of transfer applicant you are from the Transfer Credits page.


No two institutions offer the exact same courses, which is why a transfer credit assessment is required.

Should the courses you have completed be academic in nature (not clinical, practical, etc.) and meet the criteria for courses offered at U of T Mississauga, they will most likely be eligible for transfer credits.

For example: a course in “Dance” would not be eligible for transfer credit; however, a course in “The History of Dance” might be considered.

Please note that the assessment of courses for transfer credit at U of T is subject to the guidelines of the individual departmental and program areas.

There are 3 types of transfer credits that can be awarded:

School Building Specified

Specified credits are awarded for courses that have significant overlap with a course offered at U of T Mississauga – for example BIO152H5 or PSY100Y5.

Specified credits can be used to satisfy degree, distribution, and program requirements.

School Building Unspecified

Unspecified credits are awarded for courses that have content that is appropriate within a program area at U of T Mississauga, but the content, credit weight, and/or level does not have significant overlap to warrant a specified credit – for example HIS1**H5 or SOC2**H5.

Unspecified credits can be awarded with or without exclusions.

Unspecified credits can be used to satisfy degree and distribution requirements. These credits typically cannot be used to satisfy program requirements.

School Building Generic

Generic credits are awarded for courses that do not fit within a specific program area or discipline, and for courses completed within the Ontario College system.

Generic credits can be used to satisfy degree and distribution requirements only. They cannot be used towards satisfying program requirements

Generic credits are awarded using the following course designators:

  • HUM for the distribution requirement in Humanities
  • SCI for the distribution requirement in Sciences
  • SSc for the distribution requirement in Social Sciences

If you receive an unspecified half-credit with an exclusion to the equivalent full-credit course, you have the option of enrolling in the full-credit course at U of T Mississauga and forgoing the half-credit transfer credit. In this case, the transfer credit would be listed as an “extra” credit and would not count towards your degree.


For students transferring from the Faculty of Arts and Science or U of T Scarborough, all courses and grades completed there will be included in your U of T Mississauga academic record.

For all institutions other than the University of Toronto, previous grades will not be transferred to a student’s U of T Mississauga record.

The minimum grade requirement for transfer credit consideration is a 60% or “C-” where 50% or “D-” is the passing grade. For institutions that have a different grading scale, we require a full letter grade or 10% higher than the stated passing grade; which should be comparable to a “C-” grade at U of T Mississauga. Exceptions to this rule apply.

Program Requirements

Admitted students who receive 4.0 transfer credits or more are permitted to select Subject POSts on ACORN. Please note that you may be restricted from selecting Type 2 and/or Type 3 Subject POSts depending on the transfer credits received, current grades, and/or time of year. We recommend speaking with the academic department of the program(s) you are interested in as well as a member of the Advising team once you have received your final, official transfer credit assessment.

It is important to note that admission to U of T Mississauga does not guarantee enrolment in any specific courses or programs. You will still have to enrol in a program and complete the program requirements.

Previously completed courses to which second-degree students receive no transfer credit recognition may be used to meet prerequisite, program, or distribution requirements at the discretion of the department/program area concerned.

Cumulative GPA for enrolment in any Biology Program of Study (POSt) is calculated based on a minimum of 4.0 credits completed at UTM with final percentage grades (i.e. CR/ NCR courses are not applicable).

Degree Restrictions

At least 13.0 credits at the 200+ level including a minimum of 6.0 credits at the 300/400 level are required to successfully complete your degree.

Students may receive more than one full-credit at the 300-level. However, only one (1.0) such credit may be used to fulfil the 300/400-level degree requirement. Please consult the Academic Calendar for more information.

Students may not complete a second degree in the same field of study as their first degree. For example: students who have a degree with a Major/Specialist in Commerce, Management, or Economics cannot pursue a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) as a second degree. This is due to the extensive overlap of courses between these degrees.

Required Documentation

Course Outlines and Syllabi

If you attended a Canadian university, you can review Transfer Explorer for previously assessed equivalencies. Should courses you have completed not be in this database, you are required to submit detailed course outlines or syllabi for your assessment.  

NOTE: If you attended an Ontario college belonging to the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs), you do not need to send course outlines or syllabi for your courses.  

All course outlines and syllabi can be uploaded when submitting your transfer credit application. Alternately, they can be emailed to the Transfer Credit Team at - you must include your full name and U of T Applicant/Student Number in the email. Please do not also email outlines which have been uploaded within the application.

In both the application or email, files should be attached as PDF or Word documents, one file per course.

Official English translations must accompany transcripts and course outlines that are issued in a language other than English. 

NOTE: Failure to provide sufficiently detailed course outlines or syllabi will delay the processing of your transfer credit assessment. It is in your best interest to submit supporting documentation as soon as you make your application and payment.

Official Final Transcripts

Please refer to your JOIN U of T “Terms and Conditions of your Admission” and “Your Admission Checklist” for instructions on what official documents are required and how they should be submitted to U of T Mississauga. 

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