USA college/university transfer

Admission from the USA: college or university transfer students 


You must have attempted a minimum of 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. Note, an admission average is calculated on all transferable courses attempted.

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 emailed to the Admissions office:

Applicants from colleges/universities

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.

Applicants from a college of applied arts and technology or institute of technology

If you have successfully completed a two or three year academic diploma program at a College of Applied Arts and Technology or an Institute of Technology you may be considered for admission with a competitive overall program average. Admission is determined on an individual basis and transfer credit granted is limited.

Non-refundable admission deposit upon acceptance:

$250 Canadian students
$750 for International students


Faculty of Applied Science

Computing Science, Geographic Information Science, Software Systems

  • English language admission requirement
  • Quantitative skills requirement
  • Minimum 24 units of transferable course work, including: one mathematics course chosen from MACM 101, 201, MATH 150 (or 151), 152 and 240 (or 232); one computing course chosen from CMPT 125 (or 126, 128 or 135), 127, 225, 295 (or 150 or 250) and 276 (or 275); one additional mathematics or computing science course chosen from the above lists. 

Engineering Science

Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Sustainable Energy Engineering

A minimum of 24 units of transferable coursework, including courses that are accepted by SFU as equivalents to the following:

  • One MATH course from: MATH 152, 232, or 240
  • One CMPT course from: CMPT 130, 128, 135 or (both CMPT 125 and 127)
  • One CHEM course from: CHEM 121, 120
  • One PHYS course from: PHYS 140, 141, 120, or 121

Applicants must complete a supplemental application. Further instructions will be provided to applicants directly after their application is received.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Anthropology; Archaeology; 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

  • English language admission requirement
  • Quantitative skills requirement
  • Effective Fall 2017: College/University equivalents of the following 8 SFU courses* (minimum grade of C- required): BUS 232 (or STAT 270), BUS 237, 251, 272, ECON 103, 105, MATH 157 (or 151 or 154); one course chosen from the following list*: ENGL 102, 111 (or 101), 112, 113 (or 103), 114 (or 104), 115 (or 105), 199, 1XX, 2XX, PHIL 100, 105 (or 001), 120, WL 101, 103, 104.
  • Admission decisions for transfer applicants will be based on either a student’s performance on the required courses, or a combination of a student’s academic performance and an assessment of their supplemental application. For more detailed information, please see the Beedie School of Business website.

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology


Contemporary Arts

Interactive Arts and Technology (TechOne)

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 - Resource and Environmental 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, Data Science, Earth Sciences, General Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Physics, Statistics and Actuarial Science