Future Students

Transfer Credits and Agreements

Your transcripts will be automatically assessed for advance standing (transfer) credits after you have been accepted to Saint Mary’s University. You may be eligible to receive up to 60 credit hours. You will be notified of your transfer credits approximately two weeks after your acceptance.


Canadian Universities

First and second year university courses from Canadian universities will be recognized for equivalent credit if you have earned a passing grade. Credit is also granted for third and fourth year courses, depending on university regulations about requirements for respective majors.

View the Transfer Credit Database, which is a list of courses from Canadian universities that we have previously reviewed for transfer credit..


Universities Outside Canada

Credits from universities outside Canada are recognized if the institution is accredited in its home country and the courses which you completed are comparable to courses offered at Saint Mary’s University. Colleges offering associate degrees and university transfer programs are usually considered equivalent to universities. Saint Mary’s University has articulation agreements with several institutions for the pre-approval of transfer credits.


Community Colleges

We evaluate credits from community colleges on a case-by-case basis. For a two year college diploma, you may receive between 30 and 60 credit hours (one to two years of credit), depending upon the similarity of courses to those offered at Saint Mary’s University. In a number of instances we have entered into articulation agreements to simplify the credit transfer process.


Career Colleges

Typically, we do not grant credit for studies at career colleges. Nonetheless, every case is reviewed for possible credit, so we encourage you to provide transcripts and course descriptions when you apply for admission to the University.

Questions? Contact recruitment@smu.ca.