Transfer Students

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A simple, small change can have a huge impact on your future.

There are many great reasons for considering a transfer to SMU. Whatever yours might be, we’re here to welcome you and make the process as simple and seamless as possible. As a matter of fact, we have an entire team dedicated to helping you every step of the way. Just email with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.

Top Reasons to Transfer to Saint Mary's University


Location, Location, Location

We’re a tight-knit campus yet a 10-minute commute from downtown Halifax. A university town at heart, Halifax offers a healthy mix of warmth, safety, affordability, opportunity, and excitement you won’t find anywhere else! Halifax is the largest city in the Maritimes, but it’s minutes from the world’s deepest natural harbours and stunning hiking trails.

Variety of Courses and ProgramsWe have over 70 areas of study and offer a large range of courses. With so many to choose from, you’ll earn a well-rounded degree and a customized educational experience.

Global Campus

We’re proud to be a national leader in international and intercultural education. 29% of our students are international, hailing from 118 countries. With such a diverse student population, every class is like a moment in the United Nations!

Easy Transition

A large number of our students have transferred from other institutions. To ensure student success, we provide supports and services at every step of the transfer experience – including once you arrive! We have partnerships with 40 institutions worldwide and know how important it is to provide you with the resources to succeed.

If you have taken courses at another college or university and wish to continue your education at Saint Mary’s, we will welcome you as a transfer student applicant. A member of our Admissions and Recruitment team will be happy to work with you on your individual learning goals. Contact us at and specify that you are seeking consultation as a transfer student.

To obtain a first baccalaureate degree or a diploma, you must successfully complete a minimum of 50% of the credit hours required for your degree, diploma or certificate program at Saint Mary's. Among these credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 50% of the credit hours required for the major, honours or concentration at Saint Mary's. Note that the equivalency of courses conducted at other institutions is at the discretion of the Dean of the Faculty.

Admissions Procedures

Admission requirements vary by academic program:

Bachelor of Arts: an equivalent of Grade 12 English

Bachelor of Commerce: an equivalent of Grade 12 English, an equivalent of Grade 12 Mathematics.

Bachelor of Science: the equivalent of Grade 12 English, the equivalent of Grade 12 Pre-Calculus, and two Grade 12 academic Science subjects.

Note: If you have an overall average of C but lack specific courses for Commerce or Science you can be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts. Later, if you have taken the opportunity to take courses to make up those requirements, you may be eligible to transfer to your first-choice program.

You will also be required to provide your university or college transcripts.

To apply:

  • Submit an application online .
  • Arrange to have official copies of all university or college transcripts sent directly to our Admissions Office from each school.
  • Request that your high school sends us an official copy of your last transcript.
  • Include the $40 application fee.
  • Results of an English language proficiency test (if English is not your first language). This result must be sent to Saint Mary’s directly from the testing centre where it was administered.

Note: If you are required to withdraw from another institution you will not be considered for admission at Saint Mary’s University for 12 months following the date of dismissal. Admission will not be automatic and you will be placed on probation.

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