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Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Submitted by nnreimer.local on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:08pm

If you have attended a post-secondary institution, including the University of Calgary, before applying to the Schulich School of Engineering, this information will outline the requirements to apply as a transfer student.

Transfer credit requirements

How do I find out which courses are available for transfer credit?

The Engineering Student Centre assesses transfer credit on an individual basis, based on grades and course content, and on receipt of transcripts, course descriptions and course outlines in some cases. For transfer credit to be available, the University of Calgary must recognize the institution at which the courses were taken. Transferable courses from many Alberta institutions are listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide. As a general rule, students will not get credit for more than about 15 courses, unless they are transferring from another engineering program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Due to heavy demand and limited time, we cannot offer pre-evaluation of your courses prior to you applying for admission. A full transfer credit assessment will be completed after you apply, if you are eligible and are being considered for admission based on a competitive GPA or matriculation (high school) average that year.

For courses taken outside Canada, students must apply and submit their transcripts together with course outlines (translated into English, if applicable, and notarized) to our Admissions Office. After the Admissions Office has confirmed the accreditation status, grading scheme and credit system of the non-Canadian school(s), our office is then able to evaluate the student's courses for advanced credits.

Once I’ve applied to engineering, when can I expect to hear back?

The process of admitting transfer students requires individual evaluation of a large number of student files. We proceed as quickly as we can to evaluate the files. The review process continues all summer, with most decisions being made from July 1 to mid-August. We will review your application and render a decision on files as quickly as we can. Please be patient as we work through this process. 

If I am a student in another faculty at the University of Calgary, which courses can I take to help me transfer into engineering?

Download a list of University of Calgary courses that are transferable to engineering programs. 

If my transfer GPA is high but my high-school marks were very low, how will this affect my chances of being admitted?

For transfer students who have taken fewer than six single semester university transferrable courses, our admission criteria will be the matriculation average of the five required high school subjects.

For transfer students who have taken six to 10 single-semester university transferable courses, the GPA of all courses will be used to assess admission. If 11 or more university transferable courses have been completed, we will calculate the GPA on grades from the most recent 10 courses. Where six or more university transferable courses have been completed we will check solely for the completion of the required matriculation subjects, but admission will not be based on the matriculation average. The table below outlines the first-year admission requirements.

Students who have completed a minimum of 4 single semester university transferrable courses may be considered for conditional admission provided they are registered in, and complete, a minimum of 2 additional courses over the winter term. The minimum requirements in place at that time must be met.

Transfer condition

Average (GPA) required
for first-year admission in
fall 2015

Average (GPA) required for first-year admission in fall 2016

11 or more single-semester university level courses

Admission GPA = 3.5 or higher calculated on 10 most recent courses

Matriculation average will not be considered.

Admission GPA = 3.6 or higher calculated on 10 most recent courses

Matriculation average will not be considered

6-10 single-semester university level courses

Admission GPA = 3.5 or higher calculated on all courses presented.

Matriculation average will not be considered

Admission GPA = 3.6 or higher calculated on all courses presented

Matriculation average will not be considered

Two-year engineering diploma or applied technology degree

Cumulative GPA = 3.9 or higher on the diploma or applied technology degree

Cumulative GPA = 3.9 or higher on the diploma or applied technology degree

* Note: The final cut-offs for admission (i.e. the lowest GPA or matriculation average admitted that year) is finalized in August as our admission cycle nears completion.

If I have two years at another university but did not take Physics 30 or Chem 30 in high school, am I eligible for the engineering program?

Students must have Grade 12 standing in all five of the required subjects (Math 30 or Pure Math 30, Math 31, Physics 30, Chem 30 and English 30 or ELA 30-1) or acceptable equivalents. It is possible that you have taken courses that will be accepted in lieu of the missing Grade 12 subjects. We will check that when you apply. If you have not taken acceptable equivalent courses, you must complete the missing Grade 12 courses or an acceptable equivalent and submit the transcripts by the deadline before you will be considered for admission.

Will grades from spring or summer session courses be counted when I’m being considered for admission?

We consider all grades in university transferable courses completed by the end of the winter semester in the year that a student applies to our program. To determine whether the student will have first-year courses completed, we may consider the expected successful completion of spring courses. When we have made a tentative decision on the basis of successful completion of a course for which we do not have a result, we will check for successful completion later in the admission process. The decision may be reversed if grades are not acceptable.

Will my IB and AP courses be accepted for transfer credit?

Students who have completed AP or IB courses must have the applicable transcripts forwarded to the Admissions Office. Any transferable credits from AP or IB will then be assessed and posted to the student's record, and can be viewed on the student’s Transfer Credit Report accessible through the Academics section of their online Student Centre.

Find out more about AP courses.
Find out more about IB courses.

First year vs. second year admission

If I have several transferable courses, can I transfer into second-year engineering?

Schools structure their programs and courses differently, so in most cases a student will lose some credits when transferring from one school to another.

Transfer students who are considered for direct admission to a second-year program will be admitted based on the grade point average (GPA) on their most recent 10 university-transferable technical or scientific courses. Admission directly into second year is competitive, with the highest priority being given to students with the strongest GPAs and with the highest number of our 10 first-year common core courses (or their equivalents) completed.

Second-year programs have separate, unique admission averages and cutoffs. The GPAs for second-year admission can vary significantly between the various programs and from year to year, depending on the competition among eligible students.

All transfer applicants must also present successful completion of the five specified high-school subjects: English 30 or ELA 30-1, Mathematics 30 or Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 31, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30 (or their equivalents).

GPA requirements vary for first year and direct admission into each major/program, depending on the demand for the program in the given year.

What are my options if I have not been admitted to the Schulich School of Engineering, but want to pursue a program that will allow me to take engineering courses elsewhere and try to transfer?

One option is to enter another University of Calgary faculty. The Schulich School of Engineering has recommendations on courses that may be taken in another faculty and are transferable to engineering.

Download a list of University of Calgary courses that are transferable to engineering programs. 

It is not possible to complete the first-year engineering program while in another faculty on campus. Admission to engineering courses is restricted to engineering students. There are no equivalents in other faculties for several of these courses.

A second option is to attend a college that offers an engineering transfer program. Consult the Alberta Transfer Guide to Engineering Programs.

How do you calculate the GPA of a transfer student for direct admission into a second-year degree major or program?

Students who have completed their first year of study are eligible to be considered for entry into a second year degree program. To calculate GPA for admission, we include the grades of the student's most recent 10 technical or scientific university transferable half-courses (regardless of transferability to Schulich); this includes courses transferable into the program to satisfy complementary studies course requirements. (Exclusions are listed below.) If a more recent course is excluded from the GPA calculation, where possible, we will add in technical or scientific university transferable courses in sequence to keep the number of half-courses being evaluated at 10.

Exclusions: 
Grades for transferable complementary studies option courses and up to two complementary studies option courses are included.

If students have taken a transfer course and achieved a grade of C- or better and then repeated the course within the past five years, the grade from the subsequent attempt will not be counted; only the first grade of C- or better will be included if it falls within the most recent 10 courses. However, if multiple attempts at the same course fall within the last 10 scientific courses that fulfill engineering requirements, and the first attempt(s) yielded grade(s) lower than C-, the lower and the higher grade(s) will all be included in the GPA calculation. For more details on this to ensure your understanding is complete and correct, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

Note: Transfer courses are assessed based on individual evaluation of transcripts and course descriptions or on transfer agreements. You will be considered to have a successful attempt at a transfer course if you have successfully completed (C- or better) one of the following courses:

  • Regularly-accepted transferable courses from another University of Calgary program are (e.g. MATH 265 + MATH 267 + MATH 177 for MATH 275 + MATH 277, CHEM 201 + 203 for CHEM 209). Download the list of transferable courses. 
  • A transferable course from an Alberta college transfer program as listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide or from another Canadian college with recognized transfer programs to other Canadian university engineering programs.

We also evaluate and award transfer credit for courses taken in other programs or at other institutions not listed above (e.g. a diploma program at a technical college, arts or science programs in other Canadian or international universities). If you've been awarded transfer credit from another institution and you want to repeat the course either at the Schulich School of Engineering or as a transferable course from an institution described in the list above, the grade for the repeated course will be counted. It should be noted that grades from courses used as transfer credit from other faculties or institutions will not be used in any Schulich review GPA calculation once the student is admitted into the program.

Transferring from Institutes of Technology

If I have an engineering diploma, can I transfer to the Schulich School of Engineering?

The Schulich School of Engineering offers a unique Energy Engineering program that builds on students’ engineering technology background from approved polytechnic institute programs with further engineering training and development at the University of Calgary. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering after completing 2 years at an approved polytechnic institute, plus 2 full calendar years at Schulich. For more details and full admission requirements, please see the Energy Engineering web page.

For polytechnic students interested in pursuing engineering degrees at the Schulich School of Engineering other than the Energy Engineering program:

If I have a SAIT engineering diploma but not Math 31 and Chem 30, am I eligible for an engineering program?

Students must have Grade 12 standing in all five of the required subjects (Math 30 or Pure Math 30, Math 31, Physics 30, Chem 30 and English 30 or ELA 30-1) or acceptable equivalents. It is possible that you have taken courses within your diploma that will be accepted in lieu of the missing Grade 12 subjects. We will check that when you apply. If you have not taken acceptable equivalent courses, you must complete the missing Grade 12 courses, or an acceptable equivalent, before you will be considered for admission.

If my SAIT diploma gives me some transfer credits that apply toward a particular engineering discipline, is there a guarantee that I will be admitted to that major or program?

Unless diploma graduates have transfer credits in addition to those from their diploma courses, they will usually be considered for admission into the first-year common program. They will apply for their choice of departmental program at the end of the first year. They will be in competition with other students on the basis of academic performance, so there is no guarantee that any student will be admitted to the program of his or her first choice, nor necessarily to the same program as their diploma.

If I am taking (or have completed) a SAIT engineering diploma, how many transfer credits can I get toward an engineering degree?

Diploma courses usually do not transfer on a course-for-course basis. Only courses taken in a complete engineering diploma are eligible for transfer credit consideration. It usually takes a combination of several diploma courses to qualify for one transfer credit. The exact number of transfer credits awarded to a student depends on the completion of the diploma program, the particular diploma, the student's cumulative GPA on the diploma and grades on individual courses.

Usually, students who have completed a two- or three-year engineering diploma will receive credits for a few first- and/or second-year courses. Some higher-level credits may be granted upon admission into a program, if it can be demonstrated that the instructor(s) who taught the course(s) required for the credit is a PEng. In general, the transfer credits are not closely aligned with the University of Calgary engineering program. Therefore, students are normally admitted to first-year engineering in the common program. They should expect to take four years of study to complete their degree program.

Diploma students must also have completed English 30 or ELA 30-1, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 31 (Calculus), Chemistry 30 and Physics 30 or their equivalents. Credit can be awarded in lieu of any deficient matriculation subject, in the event equivalent material has been previously covered by the student's post-secondary course(s).

English language proficiency

In addition to matriculation standing in Alberta ELA 30-1 or its equivalent, all applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Read about University of Calgary requirements.

Transfer credit requirements

How do I find out which courses are available for transfer credit?

The Engineering Student Centre assesses transfer credit on an individual basis, based on grades and course content, and on receipt of transcripts, course descriptions and course outlines in some cases. For transfer credit to be available, the University of Calgary must recognize the institution at which the courses were taken. Transferable courses from many Alberta institutions are listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide. As a general rule, students will not get credit for more than about 15 courses, unless they are transferring from another engineering program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Due to heavy demand and limited time, we cannot offer pre-evaluation of your courses prior to you applying for admission. A full transfer credit assessment will be completed after you apply, if you are eligible and are being considered for admission based on a competitive GPA or matriculation (high school) average that year.

For courses taken outside Canada, students must apply and submit their transcripts together with course outlines (translated into English, if applicable, and notarized) to our Admissions Office. After the Admissions Office has confirmed the accreditation status, grading scheme and credit system of the non-Canadian school(s), our office is then able to evaluate the student's courses for advanced credits.

Once I’ve applied to engineering, when can I expect to hear back?

The process of admitting transfer students requires individual evaluation of a large number of student files. We proceed as quickly as we can to evaluate the files. The review process continues all summer, with most decisions being made from July 1 to mid-August. We will review your application and render a decision on files as quickly as we can. Please be patient as we work through this process. 

If I am a student in another faculty at the University of Calgary, which courses can I take to help me transfer into engineering?

Download a list of University of Calgary courses that are transferable to engineering programs. 

If my transfer GPA is high but my high-school marks were very low, how will this affect my chances of being admitted?

For transfer students who have taken fewer than six single semester university transferrable courses, our admission criteria will be the matriculation average of the five required high school subjects.

For transfer students who have taken six to 10 single-semester university transferable courses, the GPA of all courses will be used to assess admission. If 11 or more university transferable courses have been completed, we will calculate the GPA on grades from the most recent 10 courses. Where six or more university transferable courses have been completed we will check solely for the completion of the required matriculation subjects, but admission will not be based on the matriculation average. The table below outlines the first-year admission requirements.

Students who have completed a minimum of 4 single semester university transferrable courses may be considered for conditional admission provided they are registered in, and complete, a minimum of 2 additional courses over the winter term. The minimum requirements in place at that time must be met.

Transfer condition

Average (GPA) required
for first-year admission in
fall 2015

Average (GPA) required for first-year admission in fall 2016

11 or more single-semester university level courses

Admission GPA = 3.5 or higher calculated on 10 most recent courses

Matriculation average will not be considered.

Admission GPA = 3.6 or higher calculated on 10 most recent courses

Matriculation average will not be considered

6-10 single-semester university level courses

Admission GPA = 3.5 or higher calculated on all courses presented.

Matriculation average will not be considered

Admission GPA = 3.6 or higher calculated on all courses presented

Matriculation average will not be considered

Two-year engineering diploma or applied technology degree

Cumulative GPA = 3.9 or higher on the diploma or applied technology degree

Cumulative GPA = 3.9 or higher on the diploma or applied technology degree

* Note: The final cut-offs for admission (i.e. the lowest GPA or matriculation average admitted that year) is finalized in August as our admission cycle nears completion.

If I have two years at another university but did not take Physics 30 or Chem 30 in high school, am I eligible for the engineering program?

Students must have Grade 12 standing in all five of the required subjects (Math 30 or Pure Math 30, Math 31, Physics 30, Chem 30 and English 30 or ELA 30-1) or acceptable equivalents. It is possible that you have taken courses that will be accepted in lieu of the missing Grade 12 subjects. We will check that when you apply. If you have not taken acceptable equivalent courses, you must complete the missing Grade 12 courses or an acceptable equivalent and submit the transcripts by the deadline before you will be considered for admission.

Will grades from spring or summer session courses be counted when I’m being considered for admission?

We consider all grades in university transferable courses completed by the end of the winter semester in the year that a student applies to our program. To determine whether the student will have first-year courses completed, we may consider the expected successful completion of spring courses. When we have made a tentative decision on the basis of successful completion of a course for which we do not have a result, we will check for successful completion later in the admission process. The decision may be reversed if grades are not acceptable.

Will my IB and AP courses be accepted for transfer credit?

Students who have completed AP or IB courses must have the applicable transcripts forwarded to the Admissions Office. Any transferable credits from AP or IB will then be assessed and posted to the student's record, and can be viewed on the student’s Transfer Credit Report accessible through the Academics section of their online Student Centre.

Find out more about AP courses.
Find out more about IB courses.

First year vs. second year admission

If I have several transferable courses, can I transfer into second-year engineering?

Schools structure their programs and courses differently, so in most cases a student will lose some credits when transferring from one school to another.

Transfer students who are considered for direct admission to a second-year program will be admitted based on the grade point average (GPA) on their most recent 10 university-transferable technical or scientific courses. Admission directly into second year is competitive, with the highest priority being given to students with the strongest GPAs and with the highest number of our 10 first-year common core courses (or their equivalents) completed.

Second-year programs have separate, unique admission averages and cutoffs. The GPAs for second-year admission can vary significantly between the various programs and from year to year, depending on the competition among eligible students.

All transfer applicants must also present successful completion of the five specified high-school subjects: English 30 or ELA 30-1, Mathematics 30 or Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 31, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30 (or their equivalents).

GPA requirements vary for first year and direct admission into each major/program, depending on the demand for the program in the given year.

What are my options if I have not been admitted to the Schulich School of Engineering, but want to pursue a program that will allow me to take engineering courses elsewhere and try to transfer?

One option is to enter another University of Calgary faculty. The Schulich School of Engineering has recommendations on courses that may be taken in another faculty and are transferable to engineering.

Download a list of University of Calgary courses that are transferable to engineering programs. 

It is not possible to complete the first-year engineering program while in another faculty on campus. Admission to engineering courses is restricted to engineering students. There are no equivalents in other faculties for several of these courses.

A second option is to attend a college that offers an engineering transfer program. Consult the Alberta Transfer Guide to Engineering Programs.

How do you calculate the GPA of a transfer student for direct admission into a second-year degree major or program?

Students who have completed their first year of study are eligible to be considered for entry into a second year degree program. To calculate GPA for admission, we include the grades of the student's most recent 10 technical or scientific university transferable half-courses (regardless of transferability to Schulich); this includes courses transferable into the program to satisfy complementary studies course requirements. (Exclusions are listed below.) If a more recent course is excluded from the GPA calculation, where possible, we will add in technical or scientific university transferable courses in sequence to keep the number of half-courses being evaluated at 10.

Exclusions: 
Grades for transferable complementary studies option courses and up to two complementary studies option courses are included.

If students have taken a transfer course and achieved a grade of C- or better and then repeated the course within the past five years, the grade from the subsequent attempt will not be counted; only the first grade of C- or better will be included if it falls within the most recent 10 courses. However, if multiple attempts at the same course fall within the last 10 scientific courses that fulfill engineering requirements, and the first attempt(s) yielded grade(s) lower than C-, the lower and the higher grade(s) will all be included in the GPA calculation. For more details on this to ensure your understanding is complete and correct, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

Note: Transfer courses are assessed based on individual evaluation of transcripts and course descriptions or on transfer agreements. You will be considered to have a successful attempt at a transfer course if you have successfully completed (C- or better) one of the following courses:

  • Regularly-accepted transferable courses from another University of Calgary program are (e.g. MATH 265 + MATH 267 + MATH 177 for MATH 275 + MATH 277, CHEM 201 + 203 for CHEM 209). Download the list of transferable courses. 
  • A transferable course from an Alberta college transfer program as listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide or from another Canadian college with recognized transfer programs to other Canadian university engineering programs.

We also evaluate and award transfer credit for courses taken in other programs or at other institutions not listed above (e.g. a diploma program at a technical college, arts or science programs in other Canadian or international universities). If you've been awarded transfer credit from another institution and you want to repeat the course either at the Schulich School of Engineering or as a transferable course from an institution described in the list above, the grade for the repeated course will be counted. It should be noted that grades from courses used as transfer credit from other faculties or institutions will not be used in any Schulich review GPA calculation once the student is admitted into the program.

Transferring from Institutes of Technology

If I have an engineering diploma, can I transfer to the Schulich School of Engineering?

The Schulich School of Engineering offers a unique Energy Engineering program that builds on students’ engineering technology background from approved polytechnic institute programs with further engineering training and development at the University of Calgary. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering after completing 2 years at an approved polytechnic institute, plus 2 full calendar years at Schulich. For more details and full admission requirements, please see the Energy Engineering web page.

For polytechnic students interested in pursuing engineering degrees at the Schulich School of Engineering other than the Energy Engineering program:

If I have a SAIT engineering diploma but not Math 31 and Chem 30, am I eligible for an engineering program?

Students must have Grade 12 standing in all five of the required subjects (Math 30 or Pure Math 30, Math 31, Physics 30, Chem 30 and English 30 or ELA 30-1) or acceptable equivalents. It is possible that you have taken courses within your diploma that will be accepted in lieu of the missing Grade 12 subjects. We will check that when you apply. If you have not taken acceptable equivalent courses, you must complete the missing Grade 12 courses, or an acceptable equivalent, before you will be considered for admission.

If my SAIT diploma gives me some transfer credits that apply toward a particular engineering discipline, is there a guarantee that I will be admitted to that major or program?

Unless diploma graduates have transfer credits in addition to those from their diploma courses, they will usually be considered for admission into the first-year common program. They will apply for their choice of departmental program at the end of the first year. They will be in competition with other students on the basis of academic performance, so there is no guarantee that any student will be admitted to the program of his or her first choice, nor necessarily to the same program as their diploma.

If I am taking (or have completed) a SAIT engineering diploma, how many transfer credits can I get toward an engineering degree?

Diploma courses usually do not transfer on a course-for-course basis. Only courses taken in a complete engineering diploma are eligible for transfer credit consideration. It usually takes a combination of several diploma courses to qualify for one transfer credit. The exact number of transfer credits awarded to a student depends on the completion of the diploma program, the particular diploma, the student's cumulative GPA on the diploma and grades on individual courses.

Usually, students who have completed a two- or three-year engineering diploma will receive credits for a few first- and/or second-year courses. Some higher-level credits may be granted upon admission into a program, if it can be demonstrated that the instructor(s) who taught the course(s) required for the credit is a PEng. In general, the transfer credits are not closely aligned with the University of Calgary engineering program. Therefore, students are normally admitted to first-year engineering in the common program. They should expect to take four years of study to complete their degree program.

Diploma students must also have completed English 30 or ELA 30-1, Mathematics 30, Mathematics 31 (Calculus), Chemistry 30 and Physics 30 or their equivalents. Credit can be awarded in lieu of any deficient matriculation subject, in the event equivalent material has been previously covered by the student's post-secondary course(s).

English language proficiency

In addition to matriculation standing in Alberta ELA 30-1 or its equivalent, all applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Read about University of Calgary requirements.