Internal Transfer Requirements

Program transfer requirements

Major and Joint Major Admission Requirements

Standard Admission Requirements

To internally transfer to the Department of Mathematics as a major or joint major, students must satisfy the following:

  • Students complete all the required lower division courses with an average of C = 2.00 GPA (the joint major program requires this GPA in each of the MATH, MACM, and CMPT categories);
  • Students must not achieve lower than the required grade in any of the program courses;
  • Students are on good academic standing. If they have taken upper division courses, both their
    cumulative and program upper division GPA must be at least 2.0 (the joint major program requires this GPA in each of the upper division MATH, MACM, and CMPT categories);
  • Students who use more than 3 repeats reduce their chances of being admitted.

If there are any other issues on an academic record that suggest a student may struggle to complete the program, the application may be denied.

Early Admission Requirements:

  • We sometimes approve students who have completed as few as 1 to 4 MATH/MACM courses, if their grades are very good (B to A range) in first attempts taken at SFU. If applying for early admission to the MATH/CMPT joint major program, these high grades should be split between the MATH and CMPT subjects.
  • The earlier you request admission, the higher your grades need to be. For example, if you are applying with just 1 or 2 courses complete, the grades should be A or higher. If you are applying with 3 or 4 courses complete, the grades can be a little lower (B and up). If you don't meet these standards, please apply under the "Standard Admission Requirements" category.
  • We assess early admission requests on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Please note that students outside the Faculty of Science are not always eligible for early admission.
    • Please note that inconsistent grades often result in an early admission request being denied (e.g., a student with A grades in two required courses and C- grades in two required courses).

You can view program options and course requirements here.

Minor Admission Requirements

To declare a Mathematics Minor program, students must satisfy the following:

  • Students complete all the required lower division courses with an average of C = 2.00 GPA;
  • Students must not achieve lower than a C- grade in any of the program courses;
  • Students must be on good academic standing. If they have taken upper division courses, their
    MATH/MACM upper division GPA must be at least 2.0.
 
We sometimes approve students who have completed as few as 2 to 3 required courses, if their grades are very good (B to A range) in first attempts taken at SFU. We assess these requests on a case-by-case basis.
 
You can view math minor course requirements here.

Honours Admission Requirements

To internally transfer to the Department of Mathematics as a honours student, the following must be satisfied:

Students must be eligible to join the corresponding major program and must also satisfy the reqiurements below:

  • Students finish lower division program requirements with a 3.0 program and cumulative GPA.
  • If students have taken upper division courses, both the upper division program GPA and upper division cumulative GPA must be 3.0.
  • Students who use more than 3 repeats reduce their chances of being admitted.
  • If there are any other issues on an academic record that suggest a student may struggle to complete the program, the application may be denied.

We sometimes approve students who have not yet completed the lower division requirements, if both the program and cumulative GPAs are 3.5 or higher. We assess these requests on a case-by-case basis.

You can view program options and course requirements here.

Faculty transfer requirements

Students in other faculties who wish to join the Faculty of Science must satisfy the faculty transfer requirements, found here.

Most students in other faculties who wish to declare a major or honours in the Department of Mathematics will need to first transfer to the Faculty of Science. Students completing a double major/honours program may in some cases join a Department of Mathematics major/honours program without joining the Faculty of Science.

If you have any questions, please contact the Math Undergraduate Advisor.

How to Apply

Students email math_advice@sfu.ca to request a program transfer. Emails must be sent from SFU accounts and include the following:

  1. Full legal name
  2. Student number
  3. Computing ID
  4. Your current program and faculty
  5. Program you wish to declare (join)
  6. Confirmation of whether or not you would like your current program/faculty discontinued if you are successfully admitted to your program of choice in the Department of Mathematics (only needed for major and honours applicants). 

Complete applications generally require 2 - 4 weeks to assess and process.