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IB/ AP Benefits

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Saint Mary’s University recognizes the challenge and dedication required of students who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. That’s why we offer generous IB benefits to reward you for your hard work and community involvement.

If you are currently enrolled in the IB Diploma, you can apply to Saint Mary’s with your anticipated or predicted results. For undergraduate admission, we require a minimum IB Diploma score of 24 with grades of 3 and above in pre-requisite subjects.

An IB Diploma score of 28 and above will qualify you for our renewable entrance scholarships. A final score of 30 and above will grant you 30 credit hours toward your degree program which is usually equivalent to one full year of study.

If you are completing Higher Level Diploma courses and achieve final grades of 5, 6, or 7, you will be eligible to receive up to 18 credit hours toward your degree program at Saint Mary’s. The Admissions Office will also add one bonus point to your scholarship average for each of your IB Higher Level classes. Check out our IB Equivalency Chart below to view the IB Higher Level course equivalencies at Saint Mary's University.

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you’re enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school, Saint Mary’s will reward you for these challenging, advanced level courses.  We will recognize up to 18 credit hours toward your degree program for AP classes in which you score final grades of 3, 4 or 5.  The Admissions Office will also add one bonus point to your scholarship average for each of your AP classes. Check out our AP Equivalency Chart below to find specific AP courses that are transferable to courses available at Saint Mary's University.


International Baccalaureate (IB) Equivalency Chart

HL Courses Equivalent Saint Mary’s University Course
Biology BIOL 1201 and BIOL 1202
Chemistry CHEM 1210 and CHEM 1211
 Computer Science  CSCI 1226 and CSCI 1227
 Economics  ECON 1201 and ECON 1202
 English  ENGL 1205 and ENGL 1901
 Environmental Systems  ENVS 2300 and SCIE 1901
 French  FREN 1111 and FREN 1112
 Geography  GEOG 1901 and GEOG 1902
 German  GRMN 1101 and GRMN 1102
 History  HIST 1901 and HIST 1902
 Latin  LATN 1100 (6 credit hours)
 Mathematics  MATH 1210 and MATH 1211
 Philosophy  PHIL 1901 and PHIL 1902
 Physics  PHYS 1100 and PHYS 1101
 Psychology  PSYC 1200 and PSYC 1240
 Sociology  SOCI 1901 and SOCI 1902
 Spanish  SPAN 1100 (6 credit hours)
 Theory of Knowledge  PHIL Elective (6 credit hours)

Advanced Placement (AP) Equivalency


AP subjects approved for credit:

AP Courses Equivalent Saint Mary's University Credit
Art History HUMN 1901
Biology BIOL 1201 and BIOL 1202
Calculus AB MATH 1190 and MATH 1210
Calculus BC MATH 1210 and MATH 1211
Capstone Seminar ARTS 1901
Capstone Research ARTS 1902
Chinese Language and Culture CHNS 1100 (6 credit hours)
Computer Science A CSCI 1226 and SCIE 1902
Economics ECON 1201 and ECON 1202
English ENGL 1205 and ENGL 1901
Environmental Science ENVS 2300 and SCIE 1902
European History HIST 1901 (6 credit hours)
French Language and Culture FREN 1111 and FREN 1112
Geography (Human) GEOG 1901 and GEOG 1902
German Language GRMN 1101 and GRMN 1102
Government & Politics POLI 1901 (6 credit hours)
History (U.S.) HIST 1903 and HIST 1904
History (World) HIST 1905 and HIST 1906
Latin LATN 1100 (6 credit hours)
Macroeconomics ECON 1202
Microeconomics ECON 1201
Physics B PHYS 1000 and PHYS 1001
Physics C PHYS 1100 and SCIE 1904
Psychology PSYC 1200 and SCIE 1905
Spanish SPAN 1100 (6 credit hours)
Statistics MGSC 2207
United States History HIST 1902 and HIST 1903
World History HIST 1904 and HIST 1905

Each of the above courses counts as three credit hours with the exception of LATN 1100 and SPAN 1100 which each count as six credit hours.

Courses are listed in the Saint Mary’s University Academic Calendar with the exception of the following electives:

  • ENGL 1901 unspecified English elective
  • GEOG 1901, 1902 unspecified Geography electives
  • HIST 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906 unspecified History electives
  • SCIE 1901, 1902, 1903 unspecified Science electives

Credit for AP examined subjects, not listed above but with a grade of 4 or 5, will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Credit is not awarded on the basis of interim school, predicted or mock results. In addition, students have the choice of refusing credits.