Canadian college/university transfer

Admission from a Canadian college or university


You must have successfully completed 24 units of transferable post-secondary course work and may transfer up to a maximum of 60 units toward your degree program. If you have completed 9 - 23 units and are in good academic standing (you have a minimum GPA of a 2.0) you will be required to meet the high school admission requirements.

If you are not in good standing or have a GPA of less than 2.00 ( 60%) , you will not be admitted.

Admission is competitive. In the past, the average for admission has ranged from a 2.50 GPA to a 3.50 GPA depending on the program - for details see admission averages.

In addition to the general and program-specific admission requirements (listed below), you must meet our English language admission requirement and Quantitative skills requirement. If you do not meet these requirements on your college or university work, we may request your high school transcript.

We will assess possible transfer credit only after we have received your admission application. We may request that you provide detailed course outlines, which should include:

  • a statement of course objective(s)
  • the duration/number of weeks (excluding final exam period)
  • hours per week of lecture (laboratory / tutorial / seminar / studio work) and the hours per week of required open laboratory work or open studio work
  • the method of evaluation and grading
  • the textbook(s) used
  • the amount of credit/units earned
Detailed course outlines can be submitted to the Admissions office, or emailed to 

Information for applicants from BC colleges

A BC/Yukon transfer guide listing all first and second year transferable courses along with the SFU equivalent is available at Courses not listed in the transfer guide are not transferable.

BC Associate of Arts or Science degree holders will receive preference in admission, with a GPA 0.25 points less than the GPA required for regular transfer, but not less than 2.00 overall. If individually assigned transfer credit totals less than 60, the remainder will be general elective credit.

Information for applicants from other universities

For university transfer, we support the Pan-Canadian Protocol on transferability of first and second year courses from any recognized Canadian university. If you are not in good standing or have been required to withdraw from another university, you will be considered for admission only if you have completed 24 units or more of transferable course work since being required to withdraw. A GPA on the further course work of at least .50 points above the regular admission GPA will be required.

Information for applicants from colleges or institutes of applied arts and technology

If you’ve completed a two or three year diploma from an academic program at a college of applied arts and technology (Ontario) or at a Canadian institute of technology (including BCIT) you may be admitted with a competitive average. Transfer credit may be granted for approved diplomas. Trade programs are not transferable. 


Faculty of Applied Sciences

Computing Science, Geographic Information Science, Software Systems

Engineering Science, Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Anthropology; Asia-Canada; Cognitive Science; Criminology; Economics; English; Explorations; First Nations; French; French Cohort; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; Gerontology; Hellenic Studies; History; Humanities; International Studies; Labour Studies; Languages; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; World Literature

Beedie School of Business

Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology


Contemporary Arts

Interactive Arts and Technology

Faculty of Education

Bachelor of General Studies

Bachelor of Education

Faculty of Environment

Bachelor of Arts - Archaeology, Geography, Geography – Environmental Specialty

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science, Physical Geography

Bachelor of Environment - Environmental Resource Management, Global Environmental Systems

Faculty of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Faculty of Science

Behavioral Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, General Science, Life Sciences Year Two, Management and Systems Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Physics, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Application Status

Applications for Summer and Fall 2016 open October 1

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Undergraduate Admission Deadlines for:

  • Fall term: February 29 (high school applicants) March 31 (all other applicants)
  • Spring term: September 15
  • Summer term: January 31